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Michael Jackson's Halloween

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Michael Jackson's Halloween
Written byMark A.Z. Dippé
Scott Clevenger
Tim Hill
Dave Johnson
Directed byMark A.Z. Dippé
Kyung Ho Lee
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)John Branca
John McClain
Liz Young
Mike Young
Producer(s)Daniel Chuba
Editor(s)Aaron Seelman
Production company(s)The Estate of Michael Jackson
Optimum Productions
Splash Entertainment
Hammerhead Productions
DistributorCBS
Release
Original networkCBS
Original release
  • October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27)

Michael Jackson's Halloween is a one-hour animated television special that premiered on CBS on October 27, 2017.[1][2]

The cast of voice actors includes Lucas Till, Kiersey Clemons, Jim Parsons, George Eads, Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, Lucy Liu, and Brad Garrett. It also features Jackson's music,[3] and a dance finale depicting Jackson himself.[2]

The special was produced in collaboration with the Michael Jackson estate.[2] John Branca and John MacClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, serve as executive producers. It is produced by Daniel Chuba and directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé.[4] The special was created and produced by Optimum Productions, the company owned by Jackson's estate, with animation production by Hammerhead.[5]

Plot

A young man and woman, Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons), cross paths on Halloween night. As a result of their meeting, they and Victoria's boss' dog, Ichabod, find themselves in a "magical adventure of personal discovery" at the This Place Hotel, located at 777 Jackson Street.[2] They meet the bellhop chimp Bubbles (Brad Garrett), the scarecrow groundskeeper Hay Man (Jim Parsons), spider security guard Generalissimo Meriweather (Alan Cumming), and cat mad scientist Franklin Stein (Diedrich Bader) who they join in stopping the tyrannical witch Conformity (Lucy Liu) from getting rid of music and dancing.

The story culminates in a dance finale featuring an animated version of Michael Jackson himself (voiced using his music and archival recordings).[2]

Characters

  • Michael Jackson - The King of Pop himself and a mysterious magical figure who creates 777 Jackson Street Palace Hotel who aids Vincent and Victoria in defeating Conformity, encouraging them to follow their dreams. Possesses the power to transform into various creatures and the ability to undo the effects of Conformity's magic.
  • Bubbles (voiced by Brad Garrett) - Michael's talking chimp and chauffeur who works as bellhop at the Palace Hotel. Acts as Vincent and Victoria's guide through the hotel using a magical elevator.
  • Vincent (voiced by Lucas Till) - A young store clerk who wishes to be a DJ but his father wants him to takeover the family business.
  • Victoria (voiced by Kiersey Clemons) - A young intern who gave up dancing to intern at a big corporation run by her boss Mrs. Grau.
  • Ichabod - Mrs. Grau's dog who Victoria ends up walking and joins the pair in their adventure. Nicknamed Icky by Victoria.
  • Conformity (voiced by Lucy Liu) - A tyrannical witch who rules over the inhabitants of the Palace Hotel. She forces them to conform under the threat of turning those who defy her into zombies forbidding dancing and wishes to destroy music.
  • Hay Man (voiced by Jim Parsons) - The magical scarecrow groundskeeper with a pumpkin for a head who aids Vincent and Victoria.
  • Generalissimo Meriweather (voiced by Alan Cumming) - The spider head of security who works for Conformity and leads an army of spider guards. Like Vincent, he comes from a long line of spider security guards. Victoria tricks him into dancing after stating she could do better. After one of his soldiers takes a blast of magic from Conformity to protect the Generalissimo, he rebels against Conformity.
  • Franklin Stein (voiced by Diedrich Bader) - A cat mad scientist who works for Conformity and built a machine that destroys music. However after he is captured by Vincent and Victoria, he reveals that he really wanted to make music before meeting Conformity and joins forces with the pair who use his machine to summon Michael Jackson.
  • Vincent's Dad (voiced by George Eads) - A grocery store owner and manager who wants Vincent to follow in his footsteps and takeover the family business. However he apparently has a change of heart as he is later seen at Vincent and Victoria's concert.
  • Mrs. Grau (voiced by Christine Baranski) - Victoria's boss and owner of Ichabod who she dotes on. She gives Victoria the task of walking Ichabod promising her a promotion. She and Ichabod later attend Vincent and Victoria's concert.

Music

This Halloween animated special features 28 songs, including some remixes, from Michael Jackson and The Jacksons catalogue, re-imagined and remixed by the producer from former "Immortal World Tour" and "Michael Jackson: One" projects Kevin Antunes.

Song Year Album Notes
Smooth Criminal 1987 Bad
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough 1979 Off The Wall
  • New remix combining both the Immortal and One remix
Stranger In Moscow 1995 HIStory: Past, Present And Future - Book I
Is It Scary 1997 Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix
Heartbreaker 2001 Invincible
  • Instrumental of album version
This Place Hotel 1980 Triumph (The Jacksons)
  • Instrumental version of Immortal version
Xscape 2014 Xscape
  • Remixed with "Somebody's Watching Me"
  • Instrumental version is also used in creating the new remix
Somebody's Watching Me 1984 Somebody's Watching Me (Rockwell)
  • Remixed with "Xscape"
  • Michael's lead vocals only
Billie Jean 1982 Thriller
  • Appears in the end of "Xscape X Somebody's Watching Me"
  • Remixed with "Torture" on the third appearance of the latter song
Human Nature 1982 Thriller
  • Instrumental version of Immortal version
Thriller 1982 Thriller
  • New remix combining the Immortal, One and Stranger Thing remix
  • Vincent Price's laughing is used several times apart from the dance fight part
Earth Song 1995 HIStory: Past, Present And Future - Book I
  • SFX and strings only
Dangerous 1991 Dangerous
  • Remixed with "Jam"
Jam 1991 Dangerous
  • Remixed with "Dangerous"
Working Day And Night 1979 Off The Wall
  • Instrumental version of One version
Dirty Diana 1987 Bad
  • Instrumental version of One version
Bad 1987 Bad
  • Both album version and cello-only version are used in different scenes
Beat It 1982 Thriller
  • Similar to the Immortal remix but features different drums and guitars
They Don't Care About Us 1995 HIStory: Past, Present And Future - Book I
  • Remixed with "Threatened"
  • Both instrumental version and Immortal version are used in creating the new remix
Threatened 2001 Invincible
  • Remixed with "They Don't Care About Us"
  • Both instrumental version and Immortal version are used in creating the new remix
Heal The World 1991 Dangerous
Blood On The Dance Floor 1997 Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix
  • One version
Slave To The Rhythm 2014 Xscape
Torture 1984 Victory (The Jacksons)
  • New remix, no lead vocals from Michael or Jermaine is included, only falsettos from Jackie
  • Remixed with "Billie Jean" on the third appearance
Ghosts 1997 Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix
2000 Watts 2001 Invincible
  • Instrumental of album version
Childhood 1995 HIStory: Past, Present And Future - Book I
  • Instrumental of album version
Will You Be There 1991 Dangerous

Marketing

A sneak preview of the special was shown on October 5, 2017 at the New York Comic Con, which was followed by a Q&A panel with the creators.[2]

Reception

Viewership

On its premiere airing, the special was watched by 5.67 million viewers.[6] The special was broadcast again the year after and was watched by 2.03 million viewers[7]

References

  1. ^ "New Estate Project". Michael Jackson Official Site. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Michael Jackson's Halloween To Air On CBS This Fall". CBS. July 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Stanhope, Kate (July 11, 2017). "Michael Jackson's Estate and CBS Team for Animated Halloween Special". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (July 11, 2017). "‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ Animated Special Set On CBS". Deadline Hollywood
  5. ^ Flook, Ray (September 22, 2017). "'Michael Jackson’s Halloween': CBS Scares Up Premiere Date, New Image".
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson's CBS 'Halloween' Special A Ratings Winner". That Grape Juice. Oct 29, 2017. Retrieved Nov 2, 2017. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ https://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/tv-ratings-saturday-oct-20-2018/

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