During his career Michael Jackson has
starred in a small number of movies as well as making a couple of
cameo appearances. Being a pioneer in the field of music videos or
short films as he prefers to call them his movies have also all been
musicals and have tended to be groundbreaking in one form or another.
1978 he had a starring role in The Wiz, a remake
of one of his own personal favourite films, "The Wizard
of Oz". It was an all blackcast with Diana Ross in the
starring role as Dorothy and comedian/actor Richard Pryor as
The Wiz. Michael Jackson played the part of the Scarecrow. The
role included singing and dancing as well as a fair amount of
It was also the movie where Michael
met and worked with Quincy Jones, a partnership which proved
one of the most successful ever as Quincy went on to produce
Michael's first 3 solo albums as an adult artist.
1986 a 17 minute 3-D musical movie was released solely for distribution
within Disney Theme Parks - Captain
EO. Michael played the lead role as Captain of
a spacecraft on a mission with a team of misfits to deliver
a special gift to an Evil Queen.
The movie remains one of the most
expensive per minute movies ever produced. It used
the very latest 3-D special effects as well as being produced
by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppala.
1988 saw the release of a full length Motion
picture movie - Moonwalker.
Its a movie which features highlights of Michael Jackson's career
from his days with the Jackson 5 up to his record breaking Bad
album and World Tour.
The movie features a number of short films
which were released as music videos for single releases from
the Bad album as well as some live stage performances. In between
the music and biographical parts of the films is a basic good
versus evil plot which revolves around Michael having to rescue
a young girl who has been kidnapped while playing with her friends
by the evil Mr Big.
1996 the 38 min film Ghosts
was first screened. Another musical movie this time with Michael
performing a number a tracks from his History Remix album, Blood
on The Dance Floor.
The movie again made the most
of latest special effects technology. Michael played the two
main characters in the movie, the Maestro who lives at the top
of a hill in a typically scary house and also the town Mayor
who is on a mission with fellow town members to run the maestro
out of town.
As well as these movies Michael
has also made cameo appearances in Men
In Black 2, a box office hit starring Will Smith and Tommy
Lee Jones and also a lesser known movie Miss Castaway.