August 29 in Sci-Fi History: Captain Eo and Mary Poppins

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Aug 29, 2017

It was on this day in 1959 that Michael Jackson was born. He's a dicey character to speak of here, but his contributions to science fiction were actually sort of notable. His video for "Thriller" (directed by John Landis) is said to have inspired a resurgence in short film, and you can see why upon re-watching.

And his collaboration with The Walt Disney Company on Captain Eo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Anjelica Huston and a bunch of Muppets.

Also born on this day in 1923, The Right Honourable and Late Great Lord Richard Attenborough. He gave an iconic performance in 1994’s Miracle on 34th Street and won an Academy Award for directing Gandhi in 1982. Most people, though, remember him for this:

Rounding out a sort of weird day in sci-fi history, it was on this day in 1964 that Mary Poppins premiered. And the trailer is pretty supercalifragilistinopewerenotdoingthis.

Tomorrow: Peggy Lipton, Mary Shelley.

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