Michael Jackson’s ghoulish and groundbreaking video “Thriller,” based on the monster hit (excuse the pun) written by Rod Temperton and directed by John Landis, has become synonymous with Halloween, and the legacy continues with the premiere of “Michael Jackson’s Halloween,” an intriguing one-hour special airing at 8 p.m. Friday on CBS.
With Jackson’s acclaimed music as the soundtrack, the animated adventure will feature the voices of actors Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till.
“Michael Jackson’s Halloween” follows millennials Vincent (Till) and Victoria (Clemons), who 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.
The special was created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Jackson company now owned by his estate, and directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé, with animation production by Hammerhead. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate, are executive producers. Daniel Chuba is the producer.