Year – Film – Role – Duration, Director
1978 The Wiz – Scarecrow, movie, directed by Sidney Lumet
1982 Michael Jackson’s Thriller – Himself/Werewolf/Zombie, short film, John Landis
1986 Captain EO – Captain EO, short film, Francis Ford Coppola, producer:George Lucas (Star War)
1987 Bad – Daryl, short film, Martin Scorsese
1988 Moonwalker – Himself, movie, Jerry Kramer
1997 Michael Jackson’s Ghosts – Maestro/Mayor/Ghoul/Skeleton, short film, 30 min. long, by Stan Winston
2002 Men in Black II – Agent M (cameo), movie, Barry Sonnenfeld
2004 Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls Agent MJ – (cameo), movie, by Bryan Michael Stoller
2001 You Rock My World – Himself, short film, 13 min.long, by Paul Hunter
“Stark Raving Dad” was the first episode in the third season of The Simpsons. Jackson performed the speaking voice of Leon Kompowsky under the pseudonym John Jay Smith. The producers of the show were legally prevented from confirming that Jackson guest-starred at the time, although many media sources assumed it was really him.
See also: Production of Stark Raving Dad
Released to cinemas in 1978, and was later released on video. The is a black musical version of the one of Michael Jackson favourite films The Wizard Of Oz. Michael Jackson stars as a loveable Scarecrow with Diana Ross starring as Dorothy. Running time 138 mins.
The Wiz soundtrack featureS Michael on 6 songs, Ease On Down The Road (3 versions), Brand New Day, Be A Lion, A Brand New Day ay, Be A Lion, A Brand New Day.
Publisher: Universal City Studios, Inc.
Year of Release: 1979
Program Time: Approximately 129 minutes
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is planning to release “The Wiz” 30th Anniversary Edition DVD on February 5, 2008. The DVD release will include a digitally remastered picture, all-new 5.1 surround sound and the vintage featurette “Wiz on Down the Road.” As an added bonus, there will be an 8-song CD featuring songs from the original soundtrack. “The Wiz” was nominated for 4 Academy Awards.
The 13-minute music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983. It was directed by John Landis, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Jackson. It was MTV‘s first world premiere video. Voted as the most influential pop music video of all time, Thriller proved to have a profound effect on popular culture,and was named “a watershed moment for the [music] industry” for its unprecedented merging of filmmaking and music. Guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the “most successful music video”, selling over nine million copies. In 2009, the video was inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, the first music video to ever receive this honor, for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The track was also listed at number one on “The Top 10 Halloween Songs” by Billboard.
Costarring with Jackson was former Playboy centerfold Ola Ray. The video was choreographed by Michael Peters (who had worked with the singer on his prior hit “Beat It“), and Michael Jackson. The video also contains incidental music by film music composer Elmer Bernstein, who had previously worked with Landis on An American Werewolf in London. The video (like the song) contains a spoken word performance by horror film veteran Vincent Price. Rick Baker assisted in prostheticsand makeup for the production. “Thriller” was the third and final video for the Thrilleralbum. The red jacket that Jackson wore was designed by John Landis’ wife Deborah Landis to make him appear more “virile”.
1986 although never commercially released. This 3D science fiction musical film was shown as an attraction in the Disney theme parks around the world. Michael plays Captain EO, a commander of a space ship who have to is to visit a planet ruled by an evil leader (played by Anjelica Houston). Captain EO and his crew must deliver a special gift to bring love and happiness to the planet through music and dance (includes a moonwalk). The film features the songs “We Are Here To Change The World” and “Another Part Of Me” and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced George Lucas. running time 17mins.
The full music video for “Bad” is an 18-minute short film written by novelist and screenwriter Richard Price. The video was directed by Martin Scorsese during a period of 6 weeks in the fall of 1987. The video has many references to the 1961 film West Side Story, especially the “Cool” sequence. Not only does it show a street gang dancing in an urban setting, but there are also some parts of the choreography that were influenced by it. The choreographer Gregg Burge confirmed the influence, although they intended to do a more contemporary version of it.Assistant choreographer Jeffrey Daniel commented, “It’s like a train coming across the screen […] and that’s the effect I was looking for and it worked”.
In the video, Jackson plays a teenager named Daryl, who has just completed a successful term at an expensive private school. He returns to the city by subway, arriving in a derelict neighborhood. Daryl arrives to find his house empty (his mother is played by Roberta Flack, albeit in voiceover), but is greeted by his old friends, led by Mini Max (an emerging Wesley Snipes) and spends an evening with them. At first relations are friendly, if slightly awkward, but the situation deteriorates once the rest of the gang realize how much Daryl has changed, and in particular how uncomfortable he has become with their tendencies towards petty crime. In an attempt to show his friends he is still “bad”, Daryl takes the gang to a subway station (The Hoyt Schermerhorn Station in Brooklyn) where he attempts to mug an elderly man but changes his mind at the last minute. Mini Max berates Daryl and tells him that he’s no longer bad. After more abuse from Mini Max, the video jumps from black and white to color and Daryl, now dressed head to foot in black leather and joined by a crowd of dancing punks, sings “Bad” and dances his moves. His insistences that Max is headed for a fall are nearly Daryl’s undoing, but eventually his friend accepts that, and, after a final handshake, heads off leaving Daryl. The scene shifts back to black and white as Daryl, alone and back in his tracksuit, watches them leave.
The music video to the song used an audio track different from the original album recording, using another instrumental organ solo in the middle of the song. This version hasn’t been commercially released.
The video premiered on primetime on the CBS Television Network, on August 31, 1987, on the primetime special Michael Jackson: The Magic Returns.
The music video was included on the video albums: Video Greatest Hits – HIStory (long version on DVD and short version in VHS),Number Ones (short version), Michael Jackson’s Vision (long version) and the Target version DVD of Bad 25 (short version).
The music video received one nomination at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards Ceremony. The video, alongside Jackson’s ‘”The Way You Make Me Feel” video, was nominated for Best Choreography, but lost to Jackson’s younger sister Janet‘s video “Pleasure Principle”. After Jackson’s death in June 2009, City Councilwoman Letitia James began trying to convince the agency to rename or co-name the station or to hang a plaque at the station in Jackson’s honor, but her request was denied by theMetropolitan Transportation Authority of New York in September 2009. James commented, “Having Michael Jackson visit and moonwalk at this station was a huge deal not only for Brooklyn, but all of New York in the ’80s […] And renaming this station in his honor would put it on the map and help ensure that people don’t forget.” A source from the MTA commented that no subway stations in the MTA system are named or co-named after individuals, mostly because it could confuse riders.
Released in 1988 on video. A full length feature film described as a magical musical journey into the world of Michael Jackson. The evil Mr. Big (played by Joe Pesci) has kidnapped Michael’s friend Katie to try and trap and destroy Michael and get the world’s children addicted to drugs. Michael’s character has super human powers with a wish on his lucky star and the encouragement of his young friends. Includes live performances of Man In The Mirror and Come Together, and music videos of Speed Demon, Leave Me Alone, Smooth Criminal as well as a parody of Bad performed by children, called “Badder” Running time 94mins.
This movie was also released as laser videodisc.
Publisher: Ultimate Production/CBS Music Video Enterprises
Year of Release: 1988
Program Time: 94 minutes
Executive Producers: Michael Jackson & Frank Dileo
Released in 1997. introduced to the world at the Cannes Music festival in 1996, ‘Ghosts’ is based on a story by Michael Jackson and author Steven King. Michael plays the role of 5 different characters in the 37 minute film. Michael plays the role of Maestro who lives in a haunted style mansion. The towns people lead by the mayor (Michael) go to Maestro’s mansion to try and rid him from the town because he is supposedly “scaring the children”. In true Michael style the film features all the latest special effects combined with great dance scenes. Features songs “Too Bad”, “Ghosts”, and “Is It Scary” which are from the albums ‘HIStory’ and ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’. Running time 38 mins.
Publisher: MCMXCVI Optimum Productions
Year of Release: theatrical release in the USA as a companion picture to ‘Thinner’; release on VHS on December 12, 1997
Program Time: 38:37 minutes
Executive Producer: Caroline Baron
Director: Stan Winston
Producers: Michael Jackson, Stan Winston & David Nicksay
Story by: Stephen King, Stan Winston, Mich Garris & Michael Jackson