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Why "Captain EO" Is The Greatest Movie You've Never Seen

What do you get when you mix the Disney creative team with Michael Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas? The most expensive movie ever made per minute!

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"Captain EO" is a 3-D movie starring Michael Jackson made for Disney theme parks in 1986.

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Sit back, relax, and let the dulcet tones of Whoopi Goldberg take you on a journey back to 1986 when a 3-D space oddity starring Michael Jackson was just what Disney thought the public needed. in "The Making of Captain EO."

It has a motley crew of creatures. / Via

Before hiring the performers to play Captain EO's crew, Francis Ford Coppola had Michael Jackson improvise job interviews with the actors in character because METHOD ACTING. You can watch the interviews in the "Making of Captain EO" video above.

Anjelica Huston as the Supreme Leader will haunt your dreams. / Via

"Anjelica Huston accepted the role without realizing she'd have to be suspended from cables for most of the shoot. The Supreme Leader design would years later serve as the primary inspiration for the design of the Borg Queen (who also was suspended in midair by cables) from Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995)."

At the time, it was the most expensive film ever produced on a per-minute basis. / Via IMDB

Captain EO's use of its 3D, lasers, and smoke effects resulted in the seventeen-minute film costing an estimated $30 million to produce in total averaging out at $1.76 million per minute.

Just take a look at the movie's credits: / Via Google

Executive producer: George Lucas

Choreographers: Jeffrey Hornaday & Michael Jackson

Screenplay: Rusty Lemorande, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, from a story idea by the artists of Walt Disney Imagineering

Music: Written & performed by Michael Jackson

Captain EO: Michael Jackson

Supreme Leader: Anjelica Huston

It was beloved by all. So much so that these cast members at Euro Disney filmed a re-enactment.

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Because you really need to see Eeyore busting moves like MJ.

Watch "Captain EO" in full now!

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