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''Michael Jackson's Ghosts'' is a 1997 ShortFilm (at 39+ minutes, the second-longest music video to date according to the ''[[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records]]'', bested only by the 24-hour version of Music/PharrellWilliams[='s=] "Happy") directed by Creator/StanWinston, produced by Music/MichaelJackson, Stan Winston and David Nicksay. Mick Garris's screenplay is based on a story hashed out by Jackson and Creator/StephenKing.

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''Michael Jackson's Ghosts'' is a 1997 ShortFilm (at 39+ minutes, the second-longest music video to date according to the ''[[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records]]'', bested only by the 24-hour version of Music/PharrellWilliams[='s=] Pharrell Williams's "Happy") directed by Creator/StanWinston, produced by Music/MichaelJackson, Stan Winston and David Nicksay. Mick Garris's screenplay is based on a story hashed out by Jackson and Creator/StephenKing.


''Michael Jackson's Ghosts'' is a 1997 ShortFilm (at 39+ minutes, the longest music video to date according to the ''[[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records]]'') directed by Creator/StanWinston, produced by Music/MichaelJackson, Stan Winston and David Nicksay. Mick Garris's screenplay is based on a story hashed out by Jackson and Creator/StephenKing.

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''Michael Jackson's Ghosts'' is a 1997 ShortFilm (at 39+ minutes, the longest second-longest music video to date according to the ''[[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records]]'') Records]]'', bested only by the 24-hour version of Music/PharrellWilliams[='s=] "Happy") directed by Creator/StanWinston, produced by Music/MichaelJackson, Stan Winston and David Nicksay. Mick Garris's screenplay is based on a story hashed out by Jackson and Creator/StephenKing.


'''Michael Jackson's Ghosts''' is a 1997 ShortFilm (at 39+ minutes, the longest music video to date according to the ''[[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records]]'') directed by Creator/StanWinston, produced by Music/MichaelJackson, Stan Winston and David Nicksay. Mick Garris's screenplay is based on a story hashed out by Jackson and Creator/StephenKing.

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'''Michael ''Michael Jackson's Ghosts''' Ghosts'' is a 1997 ShortFilm (at 39+ minutes, the longest music video to date according to the ''[[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records]]'') directed by Creator/StanWinston, produced by Music/MichaelJackson, Stan Winston and David Nicksay. Mick Garris's screenplay is based on a story hashed out by Jackson and Creator/StephenKing.

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* BadassBaritone: Michael Jackson uses his actual, deep-register voice when playing as the mayor, making ''Ghosts'' the only known recording that showcases him using that voice at length.


* BadassBaritone: Michael Jackson uses his actual, deep-register voice when playing as the mayor, making ''Ghosts'' the only known recording that showcases him using that voice at length.


* GothicHorror: Contains enough tropes to actually be considered this.



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*RearrangeTheSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GQFpmqkvy4 The original 1996 cut of the film]] used a slightly remixed version of "2 Bad" for all the dancing scenes. "Ghosts" and "Is It Scary" were added in the final cut.


''Michael Jackson's Ghosts'' is a 1997 ShortFilm (at 39+ minutes, the longest music video to date according to the ''Guiness Book of World Records'') directed by Creator/StanWinston, produced by Music/MichaelJackson, Stan Winston and David Nicksay. Mick Garris's screenplay is based on a story hashed out by Jackson and Creator/StephenKing.

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Jackson's Ghosts'' Ghosts''' is a 1997 ShortFilm (at 39+ minutes, the longest music video to date according to the ''Guiness ''[[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records'') Records]]'') directed by Creator/StanWinston, produced by Music/MichaelJackson, Stan Winston and David Nicksay. Mick Garris's screenplay is based on a story hashed out by Jackson and Creator/StephenKing.



* DemBones: Maestro pulls off his own skin and strips to being a skeleton, whereupon he dances.



* MoonwalkDance: Michael transforms himself into a skeleton and dances the moonwalk.
* NightmareFace: Maestro pulls his face in grotesque appearances and transforms into a skeleton.



* SpiritualSuccessor: To the "Thriller" video.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To the "Thriller" ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' video.



* UncleTomfoolery: Mos Def's character -- think Richard Pryor in his "scared" mode.

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* UncleTomfoolery: Mos Def's Music/MosDef's character -- think Richard Pryor in his "scared" mode.

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* BrokenAesop: According to WordOfGod, this is a story of how TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside, and how just because a person is "different" from others doesn't make them bad. Unfortunately, the two characters Jackson plays both break the Aesop. The bigoted Mayor a fat, middle-aged white guy is presented as an AcceptableTarget throughout, with no redeeming qualities. The ostensibly good Maestro i.e. Jackson himself magically imprisons the angry mob confronting them and tortures the helpless Mayor, proving he really was the dangerous "freaky boy" the Mayor accused him of being! And even if you ignore the Mayor and the mob of paranoid parents, the Maestro is still a necromancer who regularly summons a bunch of undead to do his bidding. That's a legitimate concern for an otherwise normal suburban neighborhood!

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* DopeSlap: In the early going, a running bit has a little boy's older brother smack him this way for revealing stuff about the mysterious Maestro that he was supposed to keep secret. Their mother then does the same to the older brother, usually with the comment "Don't hit your brother!" [[RuleOfThree After the third go-round of this]], the mother is smacked by an unseen force, implied to be the Maestro's doing.


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* RuleOfThree: See DopeSlap above.

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* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Maestro's "Superghoul" form, who subjects the Mayor to the aforementioned BodyHorror torture.


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* Allegory
** Maestro = Michael Jackson
** The Mayor and the other adults = Adults who find his RealLife behavior suspect; commonly interpreted as a direct TakeThat in the Mayor's case. As the Wikipedia article puts it, he is "a comically arrogant, plump [and white] man who bears more than a passing resemblance to Thomas Sneddon", the Santa Barbara district attorney who tried to prosecute Jackson on child molestation charges in 1993-94, and actually would over 2003-05 when ''another'' accuser came forward with similar claims.
** The secret meetings with children = Jackson's {{Intergenerational Friendship}}s with prepubescent kids, as well as his charity work on the whole.
** The angry mob assembling when one of the boys makes the mistake of revealing the secret meet-ups with Maestro = Jackson being accused of molestation by Jordan Chandler. Note that the boy in the film is chewed out by his older brother for spilling the beans, but their mother insists "He did the right thing."



* TakeThat: The Mayor is, as the Wikipedia article puts it, "a comically arrogant, plump [and white] man who bears more than a passing resemblance to Thomas Sneddon", the Santa Barbara district attorney who tried to prosecute Jackson on child molestation charges in 1993-94, and actually did over 2003-05 when another accuser came forward with similar claims.

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* RavensAndCrows: A crow watches the approaching mob and later startles them in the ballroom before turning out to be a shapeshifted form of Maestro.


* TheCameo: A young Mos Def is part of the angry mob that wants to run Maestro out of town.

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* TheCameo: A young Mos Def is part of the angry mob that wants to run Maestro out of town.



* CrucifiedHeroShot: After the ghosts dance on the ceiling, they float back down to the floor in this pose as "heavenly" music plays.



* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Though leading an angry mob ''is'' an overreaction, it's not hard to sympathize with the Mayor for being concerned that a strange person is not only meeting with kids but ''telling them to keep their meetings a secret'', and to see Maestro's behavior as unnecessarily cruel. That the deck is clearly stacked in Maestro's favor -- the Mayor is just a lot of talk, with no evidence that he could back it up with action (given how reluctant the mob is) even if the Maestro didn't have magical powers -- doesn't help.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Though leading an angry mob ''is'' an overreaction, it's not hard to sympathize with the Mayor for being concerned that a strange person who otherwise doesn't interact with anybody in town is not only meeting with kids but ''telling '''telling them to keep their meetings a secret'', secret''', and to see Maestro's behavior as unnecessarily cruel. That the deck is clearly stacked in Maestro's favor -- the Mayor is just a lot of talk, with no evidence that he could back it up with action (given how reluctant the mob is) even if the Maestro didn't have magical powers -- doesn't help.

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