As Halloween creeps up, it’s pretty much guaranteed that <a href=”/music/michael-jackson”>Michael Jackson</a> will make the spooky party playlist with “Thriller” and his feature on <a href=”/music/rockwell”>Rockwell</a>’s paranoid classic “Somebody’s Watching Me.”
The King of Pop provides the soundtrack to a new animated special that aired Friday night (Oct. 27) on CBS called Michael Jackson’s Halloween.
In the story, two millennials (voiced by Lucas Till and Kiersey Clemons) and their dog Ichabod are drawn into a mysterious hotel, This Place Hotel on 777 Jackson Street, on Halloween night. Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu and Jim Parsons also voiced the program.
The protagonists must choose between following their dreams or succumbing to the evil villainess Conformity, who is trying to banish music from the world.
Luckily, the hotel is guided by the spirit of Jackson — who shapeshifts into a bat, a dancing pumpkin, a spider security guard and a mad-scientist cat — and inspires the characters to find their true calling.
The special is a family-oriented follow-up to the recently released <a href=”/articles/news/7981724/michael-jackson-scream-collection”>Scream album</a>, a collection of Jackson’s creepiest music.
“Michael loved Halloween, he loved animation; he was basically a big kid at heart,” producer and Jackson estate co-executor John Branca told <a href=”https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2017/10/27/michael-jacksons-halloween-claiming-another-crown-for-the-king-of-pop/#54b6c6e643dc” target=”_blank”>Forbes</a>. “We wanted to stay true to and be inspired by Michael and what his tastes and loves were.”
Watch the <a href=”http://www.cbs.com/shows/michael-jacksons-halloween/video/Ocv1VGDd4U1uJpYFInCLMhOq1DGjmANA/michael-jackson-s-halloween/” target=”_blank”>full episode on CBS</a>, and check out this “Dangerous” clip:
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