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YMMV / Captain EO

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  • Awesome Music: "We Are Here To Change The World" and "Another Part Of Me".
  • Broken Base: The revival of the show at Epcot ran from 2010 to 2015 in a corner of the park that hasn't had a significant new attraction since 2002's Journey into Imagination with Figment. Fans of the park are divided between those who insist on keeping it around as a classic Disney attraction and those who see it as a moldy oldie that could be replaced with a dazzling new attraction — perhaps a total rethink of the Imagination pavilion, even — if the Imagineers and Disney's pencil pushers would just get off of their duffs. Rumors that a Inside Out-based attraction might move into the theatre have further fueled this debate. (Ultimately, it has since been replaced with a matinée of Disney and Pixar short films.)
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  • Ear Worm: "We Are Here to Change the World".
  • Evil Is Cool: The Supreme Leader has an absolutely killer design - a Gigeresque biomechanical horror who seems fused to the industrial heart of her planet - that's frankly much better than this attraction deserves, and is played by the likes of Anjelica Huston to boot. Some people believe she actually becomes less attractive once EO reveals her "inner beauty".
  • Fridge Horror / Designated Hero: Hang on... so the plot is EO and crew visiting an alien world, confronting its (apparently) rightful ruler, and using mysterious powers to brainwash and mutate the inhabitants against their will? And these are our heroes? According to the script, EO is giving the Witch Queen and company a "gift" by unlocking their inner beauty, but it still seems suspect. (There's no indication that they had been transformed by a malignant force beforehand.)
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: The whole "inner beauty" plot element can be this considering how badly Michael Jackson wrecked his own face due to his negative body image.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The entire audience applauding and cheering when Michael Jackson comes on deck, a week after re-opening at Epcot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jackson brought George Lucas on because he basically wanted to produce a musical Star Wars movie. Fast forward two decades, and Disney - without George Lucas - is producing its own Star Wars movies with a main villain also called the Supreme Leader.
  • So Bad, It's Good: By modern standards. The demand for its return to the Disney Theme Parks stemmed from a combination of Dead Artists Are Better and Nostalgia Filter; as A.V. Club writer Amelie Gillette wrote, "Why wait in line for hours to watch Captain EO at Disneyland when you could just pluck your eyeballs out and roll them over a Muppets poster while listening to Bad, and get the same effect?"
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  • Special Effects Failure: The matte lines used to insert Fuzzball into the film are visible in several scenes. The puppets themselves don't fair a whole lot better either, just being a step above that of The Muppets.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: At all locations, this film had many in-theater effects in its original run — smoke, lasers, and flashing lights, plus an opening effect in which a starfield expanded beyond the borders of the screen — that were eliminated when it was closed and replaced with Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. For the 2010 revival, rather than restore the original effects, the Disney folks decided to replace them by adapting effects that were created and used for Honey — such as having the seats vibrate in sync with the bass beat during the songs. Fans and even the professional travel guide The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland were not impressed (the latter found the vibrating highly annoying).


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