About "Moonwalker": the Movie
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Release date(s): Dec 26, 1988 (UK); Jan 10, 1989 (USA; home video)
Running time: 93 min
Directors: Jerry Kramer, Will Vinton ("Speed Demon"), Jim Blashfield ("Leave Me Alone"), Colin Chilvers ("Smooth Criminal")
Executive producers: Frank Dileo, Michael Jackson
Writers: Michael Jackson, David Newman
Starring: Michael Jackson / Joe Pesci / Sean Lennon / Kellie Parker / Brandon Adams

Rather than featuring one continuous narrative, "Moonwalker" is a combination of live footage of Michael Jackson in concert, as well as a series of fantasy pieces with him as the central character. It features some of Michael's best music videos, footage from the 'Bad' World Tour, along with an extended video for a 'Smooth Criminal' fantasy storyline. Although its release was meant to coincide with promotion for Jackson's 1987 album Bad, its release was postponed in the USA until after the tour finished in January 1989, and only on home video rather than a full theatrical release. - Thank you, Michael Jackson Fan Club

PLOT:

  1. "Man In The Mirror" music video: A live performance of Jackson's song "Man in the Mirror" acts as the opening music to the film. This short segment features a montage of clips of children from Africa as well as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon and other historical figures.
  2. Retrospective: A short biographical film about Jackson, covering the early years from the Jackson 5 until the Bad tour. Click here to view a list of which songs are played.
  3. "Badder", parody of "Bad" music video: Featuring children filling the roles of various people from the original clip. The video stars Brandon Quintin Adams of "Mighty Ducks" as the young Michael Jackson.
  4. "Speed Demon" music video: In an attempt to avoid overzealous fans, Michael disguises himself as a rabbit (named Spike), but ends up taunting the fans into chasing him. After finally losing the fans, he removes the costume, which comes to life and challenges him to a dance-off. In the end, a traffic cop tells him he is in a "No Dancing Zone", and when Michael turns to point to Spike, the rabbit has disappeared. The cop then sarcastically asks for Michael's autograph (as opposed to "signature") on the ticket. The irony intended is that the fans that pursued him all wanted his autograph. Just as Michael is preparing to leave, Spike's head materialises in a nearby rocky crag, nodding to Michael.
  5. "Leave Me Alone" music video: An animated music video focusing on media persistent, intrusive interest in Jackson's personal life. He felt that no matter what he did to prove his innocence, they would never leave him alone.
  6. Extended "Smooth Criminal" music video: See bottom of information page for thorough details.
  7. "Come Together" live performance: The film closes with Jackson performing a cover of the Beatles' song "Come Together." One of the child actors in this movie is Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon.
  8. Closing credits: During the closing credits, two more segments are shown. The first has Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing "The Moon is Walking" in Club 30's amidst behind-the-scenes clips. The second is the four-minute version of the "Smooth Criminal" music video.

Source: Wikipedia