Eight years after his death, the King of Pop lives on in an upcoming animated special titled Michael Jackson’s Halloween that looks like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pixar’s Coco (where a young boy ends up in the Land of the Dead) and The Wizard of Oz had a weird, musical baby. While no Stranger Things, the one-hour spooktacular should scratch that Halloween itch mainly aimed at a younger trick-or-treating audience and become a yearly tradition for everyone.
Featuring an “unexpected magical adventure” accompanied by the late pop singer’s most iconic songs (“Thriller” is bound to be in this, right?), the special will also boast a stellar voice cast that includes Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Brad Garrett, George Eads, Lucas Till, and Kiersey Clemons. Read up on the synopsis, before performing your best Moon Walk and dig into the first trailer below:
Millennials Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons) meet "accidentally" on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.
Directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé (Spawn), Michael Jackson’s Halloween was announced by the Estate of Michael Jackson back in July (co-executors of the estate John Branca and John McClain will exec produce) and was created and produced by Optimum Productions (Jackson's production house), with Hammerhead providing the animation.
Michael Jackson’s Halloween will premiere Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Will you be able to take a break from the second season of Stranger Things and watch the Halloween special?