Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (1988)

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (1988)

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A movie that starts out with the “Man in the Mirror” music video, it then changes to a montage of video clips of Michael’s career. Next comes a parody of his Bad video by children, and then Michael is chased by fans in a fantasy sequence. 2 more videos are shown, and then a movie in which Michael plays a hero with magical powers. In it he is chased by drug dealer Mr. Big and saves three children. Videos included in the movie are “Smooth Criminal” and “Come Together”.

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker is a 1988 American anthology film starring Michael Jackson. Rather than featuring one continuous narrative, the film is a collection of short films about Jackson, several of which are long-form music videos from Jackson’s Bad album. The film is named after the dance technique known as the moonwalk, which Jackson was known for performing in the 1980s. The name of the dance move was dubbed by the media, not by Jackson himself; however, he did choose the title of the film himself.

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (1988)

The release of Moonwalker was originally scheduled to coincide with Jackson’s 1987 album, Bad. During the theatrical release of Moonwalker, Jackson was also embarking on the Bad world tour, his first tour as a solo performer. The film was released theatrically in Europe and South America, but Warner Bros. canceled plans for a Christmas 1988 theatrical release in the United States.

Moonwalker was instead released on home video in the United States and Canada on January 10, 1989, just as the Bad tour finished. (His tour was supposed to finish sooner, but had been postponed due to some vocal strain, so it went on until the last week of January 1989.) The video had sold more than 800,000 copies in the U.S. by April 17, 1989.

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker Movie Poster (1988)

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (1988)

Directed by: Jerry Kramer, Will Vinton, Jim Blashfield, Colin Chilvers
Starring: Michael Jackson, Kellie Parker, Sean Lennon, Brandon Quintin Adams, Joe Pesci, Ben Aaron, Brent Kelly, Cindera Che, Garland Spencer
Screenplay by: David Newman, Michael Jackson
Production Design by: Bryan Jones, Michael G. Ploog
Cinematography by: Thomas E. Ackerman, Robert E. Collins, Frederick Elmes, John Hora, Crescenzo G.P. Notarile
Film Editing by: Dale Beldin, David E. Blewitt, Mitchell Sinoway
Costume Design by: Betty Pecha Madden
Set Decoration by: Hal Gausman, Ronald R. Reiss
Art Direction by: Russell Christian, Bryan Jones, John Walker
Music by: Bruce Broughton, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: October 29, 1988