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9th Nov '13 5:55:21 AM StFan
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Captain-Eo1_7583.jpg]] ->"''We are here to change the world...''" 1986 was a good year for The Walt Disney Company if no one else. New company president Michael Eisner wanted to revitalize the company's flagging animation and theme park divisions, while GeorgeLucas was still riding high on the success of the ''StarWars'' trilogy and MichaelJackson was the biggest star of TheEighties period. So three entertainment giants, plus director FrancisFordCoppola, teamed up in order to capitalize on one another's successes, and created the 17-minute [[ThreeDMovie 3D Movie]] ''Captain EO'' for exclusive release at the DisneyThemeParks. Jackson portrays the eponymous [[TheCaptain captain]], leader of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits including the robotic security officer Major Domo, hairy two-headed navigator(s) Idee and Odee, elephantine slob Hooter, and Fuzzball, a flying...thing...resembling [[MixAndMatchCritters a cross between a rat, a monkey, and a butterfly.]] The bumbling crew is just one mistake away from being drummed out of their (unspecified) organization, so for some reason they have been assigned a diplomatic mission of the utmost importance: delivering a goodwill gift to the Supreme Leader (Creator/AnjelicaHuston, who won an Oscar for ''Prizzi's Honor'' not long before this premiered) of a dismal planet. Upon landing, they are captured and dragged before the [[Franchise/StarTrek Borg Queen]]-esque Supreme Leader, who orders EO imprisoned and tortured for the intrusion. At the last second, he and the crew manage to produce the gift...a [[MagicMusic song and dance performance]] that literally [[ArcWords changes the world]]. The film played at Disneyland and EPCOT Center from 1986 until the mid-Nineties. The overseas parks took a little longer to get it, but it did successfully run at the Tokyo and Paris complexes. While allegations of child abuse had begun to taint Jackson's reputation by the time it closed in the U.S., it was more advances in theme park technology and the march of time (style-wise) that led it to be put to pasture. However, with the singer's death -- and children of TheEighties reaching an age to be nostalgic about their childhoods -- ''Captain EO'' is once again playing at Disneyland (as "Captain EO Tribute"), Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Epcot as well, making it one of the very few Ride/DisneyThemeParks attractions to replace the attraction that replaced it initially. There's also a very rare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atm5FZPpf0E Cast Member produced parody]], [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Captain Eeyore]], that's generally one big CrowningMomentOfFunny once it gets to its take on the film's final battle. (By the by...George Lucas collaborating with a notable filmmaker and an internationally-renowned musician on a creature-filled fantasy project...bet he couldn't do that twice in one year, ''[[Film/{{Labyrinth}} or could he]]''?) ---- '''Tropes appearing in this work:''' * BeautifulAllAlong: It's Creator/AnjelicaHuston. How could she be anything else [[spoiler:after EO works his powers on her]]? * BeautyEqualsGoodness: As far as the human(oid) characters go, this is an extreme take on the trope -- once the ugly troops are zapped with EO's rays and turn into attractive backup dancers, they pull an ''immediate'' HeelFaceTurn! * BigEater: Hooter. ** ExtremeOmnivore: He ate the ''map''! * BreakingTheFourthWall: During the finale, Fuzzball flies out towards at the audience and says "Bye-bye" before rejoining the others. * {{Camp}}: At least in retrospect. At the time, those costumes and hairdos were considered very stylish. * TheCaptain: EO himself. * CloseOnTitle: The short eschews an opening title in favor of a starfield, a floating rock effect, and an OpeningNarration. Instead, the last big 3D effect in the film is the title spinning out of a starfield. * CrypticBackgroundReference: Apparently, the Captain and his crew really made a "mess" of their previous mission, and they ''have'' to pull this one off to avoid being "drummed out of the corps." * CrystalSpiresAndTogas: [[spoiler:The state of the Supreme Leader's planet after EO works his magic.]] * DiscoTech * EightiesHair: Another one of Captain EO's boundless gifts: bald, lifeless cyborgs are turned into mulleted dancers straight out of ''Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo'' ([[http://www.imdb.com/search/name?roles=tt0090793,tt0086999&sort=alpha no, really]]). * EliteMooks: Once the Queen sees Captain EO change her guards, she sends in scary robots with electric whips. * EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Captain EO has the power to generate rainbows that ''literally'' make everything better. * FemmeFatalons: In 3D and right in your face. * GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The Supreme Leader; she was often referred to as the "Witch-Queen" in promotional materials. * HugeHolographicHead: Commander Bog. * IncomingHam: '''''SILENCE!... INFIDELS!''''' * LargeHam: The Supreme Leader doesn't speak a single line without hissing it while MilkingTheGiantCow. Commander Bog, on the other side of the moral line, manages to ham it up without anything below the collar. * MeaningfulName: EO is so named to evoke the Greek root word meaning "dawn". * MilkingTheGiantCow: Clack-clack-clack go the Queen's claws. * OffModel: When Major Domo and Minor Domo turn into instruments, the stop-motion puppets during said sequence look ''nothing'' like the costume and puppet[[note]] Major and Minor, respectively[[/note]] featured throughout the rest of the film (for one, Major Domo becomes a much lighter shade of blue). * OpeningNarration: Used to set up the premise. * PaddleballShot: Quite a few -- a floating space rock, space battle debris, the Supreme Leader's claws, spears, a descending gate, etc. Also, Fuzzball flies out at the audience and lingers there for a few moments before heading back, ''twice''. * ThePowerOfRock: Channeled into beams of light that Captain EO fires out of his hands. * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The opening narration refers to them as "A rag-tag band lead by the infamous Captain EO." * RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Fuzzball. * SpaceOpera: While less than 20 minutes long, it hits a huge amount of this genre's tropes! * SummonBackupDancers * WhipItGood: The aptly named Whip Warriors. ----
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Captain-Eo1_7583.jpg]] ->"''We are here to change the world...''" 1986 was a good year for The Walt Disney Company if no one else. New company president Michael Eisner wanted to revitalize the company's flagging animation and theme park divisions, while GeorgeLucas was still riding high on the success of the ''StarWars'' trilogy and MichaelJackson was the biggest star of TheEighties period. So three entertainment giants, plus director FrancisFordCoppola, teamed up in order to capitalize on one another's successes, and created the 17-minute [[ThreeDMovie 3D Movie]] ''Captain EO'' for exclusive release at the DisneyThemeParks. Jackson portrays the eponymous [[TheCaptain captain]], leader of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits including the robotic security officer Major Domo, hairy two-headed navigator(s) Idee and Odee, elephantine slob Hooter, and Fuzzball, a flying...thing...resembling [[MixAndMatchCritters a cross between a rat, a monkey, and a butterfly.]] The bumbling crew is just one mistake away from being drummed out of their (unspecified) organization, so for some reason they have been assigned a diplomatic mission of the utmost importance: delivering a goodwill gift to the Supreme Leader (Creator/AnjelicaHuston, who won an Oscar for ''Prizzi's Honor'' not long before this premiered) of a dismal planet. Upon landing, they are captured and dragged before the [[Franchise/StarTrek Borg Queen]]-esque Supreme Leader, who orders EO imprisoned and tortured for the intrusion. At the last second, he and the crew manage to produce the gift...a [[MagicMusic song and dance performance]] that literally [[ArcWords changes the world]]. The film played at Disneyland and EPCOT Center from 1986 until the mid-Nineties. The overseas parks took a little longer to get it, but it did successfully run at the Tokyo and Paris complexes. While allegations of child abuse had begun to taint Jackson's reputation by the time it closed in the U.S., it was more advances in theme park technology and the march of time (style-wise) that led it to be put to pasture. However, with the singer's death -- and children of TheEighties reaching an age to be nostalgic about their childhoods -- ''Captain EO'' is once again playing at Disneyland (as "Captain EO Tribute"), Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Epcot as well, making it one of the very few Ride/DisneyThemeParks attractions to replace the attraction that replaced it initially. There's also a very rare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atm5FZPpf0E Cast Member produced parody]], [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Captain Eeyore]], that's generally one big CrowningMomentOfFunny once it gets to its take on the film's final battle. (By the by...George Lucas collaborating with a notable filmmaker and an internationally-renowned musician on a creature-filled fantasy project...bet he couldn't do that twice in one year, ''[[Film/{{Labyrinth}} or could he]]''?) ---- '''Tropes appearing in this work:''' * BeautifulAllAlong: It's Creator/AnjelicaHuston. How could she be anything else [[spoiler:after EO works his powers on her]]? * BeautyEqualsGoodness: As far as the human(oid) characters go, this is an extreme take on the trope -- once the ugly troops are zapped with EO's rays and turn into attractive backup dancers, they pull an ''immediate'' HeelFaceTurn! * BigEater: Hooter. ** ExtremeOmnivore: He ate the ''map''! * BreakingTheFourthWall: During the finale, Fuzzball flies out towards at the audience and says "Bye-bye" before rejoining the others. * {{Camp}}: At least in retrospect. At the time, those costumes and hairdos were considered very stylish. * TheCaptain: EO himself. * CloseOnTitle: The short eschews an opening title in favor of a starfield, a floating rock effect, and an OpeningNarration. Instead, the last big 3D effect in the film is the title spinning out of a starfield. * CrypticBackgroundReference: Apparently, the Captain and his crew really made a "mess" of their previous mission, and they ''have'' to pull this one off to avoid being "drummed out of the corps." * CrystalSpiresAndTogas: [[spoiler:The state of the Supreme Leader's planet after EO works his magic.]] * DiscoTech * EightiesHair: Another one of Captain EO's boundless gifts: bald, lifeless cyborgs are turned into mulleted dancers straight out of ''Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo'' ([[http://www.imdb.com/search/name?roles=tt0090793,tt0086999&sort=alpha no, really]]). * EliteMooks: Once the Queen sees Captain EO change her guards, she sends in scary robots with electric whips. * EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Captain EO has the power to generate rainbows that ''literally'' make everything better. * FemmeFatalons: In 3D and right in your face. * GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The Supreme Leader; she was often referred to as the "Witch-Queen" in promotional materials. * HugeHolographicHead: Commander Bog. * IncomingHam: '''''SILENCE!... INFIDELS!''''' * LargeHam: The Supreme Leader doesn't speak a single line without hissing it while MilkingTheGiantCow. Commander Bog, on the other side of the moral line, manages to ham it up without anything below the collar. * MeaningfulName: EO is so named to evoke the Greek root word meaning "dawn". * MilkingTheGiantCow: Clack-clack-clack go the Queen's claws. * OffModel: When Major Domo and Minor Domo turn into instruments, the stop-motion puppets during said sequence look ''nothing'' like the costume and puppet[[note]] Major and Minor, respectively[[/note]] featured throughout the rest of the film (for one, Major Domo becomes a much lighter shade of blue). * OpeningNarration: Used to set up the premise. * PaddleballShot: Quite a few -- a floating space rock, space battle debris, the Supreme Leader's claws, spears, a descending gate, etc. Also, Fuzzball flies out at the audience and lingers there for a few moments before heading back, ''twice''. * ThePowerOfRock: Channeled into beams of light that Captain EO fires out of his hands. * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The opening narration refers to them as "A rag-tag band lead by the infamous Captain EO." * RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Fuzzball. * SpaceOpera: While less than 20 minutes long, it hits a huge amount of this genre's tropes! * SummonBackupDancers * WhipItGood: The aptly named Whip Warriors. ----[[redirect:Film/CaptainEO]]
20th Sep '13 1:32:56 PM Viira
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* XMeetsY: Everything in ''Captain EO'' can be expressed by the addition of something from StarWars (understandable, given [[GeorgeLucas the creator]]) with something else (often from TheMuppets): ** EO himself: Lando Calrissian + Music/MichaelJackson ** The Supreme Leader: Bib Fortuna + the [[HiveQueen Borg Queen]] ** Hooter = Max Rebo + Gonzo ** Major Domo = C-3PO + Sam Eagle ** Fuzzball = Ewoks + [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Waldo_C._Graphic Waldo C. Graphic]], as seen in fellow DisneyThemeParks 3D film ''{{MuppetVision 3D}}'' ** EO's Ship = The Millenium Falcon + [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Swinetrek The Swinetrek, the ship from Pigs In Space]]
19th Sep '13 11:47:44 AM Sapphirea2
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: As far as the human(oid) characters go, this is an extreme take on the trope -- once the ugly troops are zapped with EO's rays and turn into attractive backup dancers, they pull an ''immediate'' HeelFaceTurn!
19th Sep '13 9:07:31 AM Sapphirea2
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* SpaceOpera: While less than 20 minutes long, it hits a huge amount of this genre's tropes!
16th Sep '13 1:07:54 PM Sapphirea2
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* CrypticBackgroundReference: The characters note twice that the crew really made a "mess" of their previous mission, and they ''have'' to pull this one off to avoid being "drummed out of the force."
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* CrypticBackgroundReference: The characters note twice that Apparently, the Captain and his crew really made a "mess" of their previous mission, and they ''have'' to pull this one off to avoid being "drummed out of the force.corps."

* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The Supreme Leader.
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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The Supreme Leader.Leader; she was often referred to as the "Witch-Queen" in promotional materials.

* PaddleballShot: Quite a few: a floating space rock, space battle debris, the Supreme Leader's claws, spears, a descending gate, etc. Also, Fuzzball flies out at the audience and lingers there for a few moments before heading back, ''twice''.
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* PaddleballShot: Quite a few: few -- a floating space rock, space battle debris, the Supreme Leader's claws, spears, a descending gate, etc. Also, Fuzzball flies out at the audience and lingers there for a few moments before heading back, ''twice''.

* XMeetsY: Everything in Captain EO can be expressed by the addition of something from StarWars (understandable, given [[GeorgeLucas the creator]]) with something else (often from TheMuppets): ** EO himself: Lando Calrissian + MichaelJackson
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* XMeetsY: Everything in Captain EO ''Captain EO'' can be expressed by the addition of something from StarWars (understandable, given [[GeorgeLucas the creator]]) with something else (often from TheMuppets): ** EO himself: Lando Calrissian + MichaelJacksonMusic/MichaelJackson

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30th Aug '13 8:27:18 AM dsneybuf
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At Disney World, Spectro Magic replaced the Main Street Electrical Parade, then the Main Street Electrical Parade replaced Spectro Magic.
The film played at Disneyland and EPCOT Center from 1986 until the mid-Nineties. The overseas parks took a little longer to get it, but it did successfully run at the Tokyo and Paris complexes. While allegations of child abuse had begun to taint Jackson's reputation by the time it closed in the U.S., it was more advances in theme park technology and the march of time (style-wise) that led it to be put to pasture. However, with the singer's death -- and children of TheEighties reaching an age to be nostalgic about their childhoods -- ''Captain EO'' is once again playing at Disneyland (as "Captain EO Tribute"), Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Epcot as well, making it possibly the only DisneyThemeParks attraction to replace the attraction that replaced it initially.
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The film played at Disneyland and EPCOT Center from 1986 until the mid-Nineties. The overseas parks took a little longer to get it, but it did successfully run at the Tokyo and Paris complexes. While allegations of child abuse had begun to taint Jackson's reputation by the time it closed in the U.S., it was more advances in theme park technology and the march of time (style-wise) that led it to be put to pasture. However, with the singer's death -- and children of TheEighties reaching an age to be nostalgic about their childhoods -- ''Captain EO'' is once again playing at Disneyland (as "Captain EO Tribute"), Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Epcot as well, making it possibly one of the only DisneyThemeParks attraction very few Ride/DisneyThemeParks attractions to replace the attraction that replaced it initially.
16th Aug '13 4:08:11 PM Sapphirea2
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* CrypticBackgroundReference: The characters note twice that the crew really made a "mess" of their previous mission, and they ''have'' to pull this one off to avoid being "drummed out of the force."
16th Aug '13 4:03:27 PM Sapphirea2
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* CloseOnTitle: The short eschews an opening title in favor of a starfield, a floating rock effect, and an OpeningNarration. Instead, the last big 3D effect in the film is the title spinning out of a starfield.

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* OpeningNarration: Used to set up the premise.
16th Aug '13 3:52:21 PM Sapphirea2
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** ExtremeOmnivore: He ate the ''map''.
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** ExtremeOmnivore: He ate the ''map''.''map''! * BreakingTheFourthWall: During the finale, Fuzzball flies out towards at the audience and says "Bye-bye" before rejoining the others.

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** ExtremeOmnivore: He ate * PaddleballShot: Quite a few: a floating space rock, space battle debris, the ''map''.Supreme Leader's claws, spears, a descending gate, etc. Also, Fuzzball flies out at the audience and lingers there for a few moments before heading back, ''twice''.
9th Jul '13 6:40:46 AM EarlOfSandvich
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Jackson portrays the eponymous [[TheCaptain captain]], leader of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits including the robotic security officer Major Domo, hairy two-headed navigator(s) Idee and Odee, elephantine slob Hooter, and Fuzzball, a flying...thing...resembling [[MixAndMatchCritters a cross between a rat, a monkey, and a butterfly.]] The bumbling crew is just one mistake away from being drummed out of their (unspecified) organization, so for some reason they have been assigned a diplomatic mission of the utmost importance: delivering a goodwill gift to the Supreme Leader (AnjelicaHuston, who won an Oscar for ''Prizzi's Honor'' not long before this premiered) of a dismal planet. Upon landing, they are captured and dragged before the [[Franchise/StarTrek Borg Queen]]-esque Supreme Leader, who orders EO imprisoned and tortured for the intrusion. At the last second, he and the crew manage to produce the gift...a [[MagicMusic song and dance performance]] that literally [[ArcWords changes the world]].
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Jackson portrays the eponymous [[TheCaptain captain]], leader of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits including the robotic security officer Major Domo, hairy two-headed navigator(s) Idee and Odee, elephantine slob Hooter, and Fuzzball, a flying...thing...resembling [[MixAndMatchCritters a cross between a rat, a monkey, and a butterfly.]] The bumbling crew is just one mistake away from being drummed out of their (unspecified) organization, so for some reason they have been assigned a diplomatic mission of the utmost importance: delivering a goodwill gift to the Supreme Leader (AnjelicaHuston, (Creator/AnjelicaHuston, who won an Oscar for ''Prizzi's Honor'' not long before this premiered) of a dismal planet. Upon landing, they are captured and dragged before the [[Franchise/StarTrek Borg Queen]]-esque Supreme Leader, who orders EO imprisoned and tortured for the intrusion. At the last second, he and the crew manage to produce the gift...a [[MagicMusic song and dance performance]] that literally [[ArcWords changes the world]].

* BeautifulAllAlong: It's AnjelicaHuston. How could she be anything else [[spoiler:after EO works his powers on her]]?
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* BeautifulAllAlong: It's AnjelicaHuston.Creator/AnjelicaHuston. How could she be anything else [[spoiler:after EO works his powers on her]]?

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