Whether you are old enough or not to remember the day that the music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller dropped, this iconic song/video is fully immersed within our lives and culture. What kid didn’t stand in front of their televisions mimicking the deft choreography or shivering whenever Vincent Price’s bloodcurdling voice reverberated throughout the speakers?

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Well, that moment will be revamped for this generation! CBS has partnered up with the Estate of Michael Jackson to debut Michael Jackson’s Halloween, an hour-long animated special featuring music from his infamous discography.

Michael Jackson’s estate posted the news via the late pop icon’s official Twitter account:

Michael Jackson’s Halloween will follow two millennials, Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons), who “accidentally” meet on Halloween night and suddenly find themselves at a mysterious hotel on 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel, named after Jackson’s 1980s song of the same name. They are joined by Ichabod the dog and the trio embark on a magical adventure that eventually reach a dance climax finale, featuring an animated version of the King of Pop himself. You’ll also get to hear the voice work from talents such as Jim Parsons, Lucy Liu, Brad Garrett, George Eads, Alan Cumming and Christine Baranski.

The animated special — created and produced by Optimum Productions — will be directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé (The Boxcar Children) and produced by Daniel Chuba, featuring animated by Hammerhead. Executive Producers will be John Branca and John McClain, who are also co-executors of Jackson’s estate.

This is a cool idea, especially for the new generation to become introduced to Jackson’s work. I’m looking forward to it! His art will surely live on for many many generations to come.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

What do you think about this new reimagined Michael Jackson Halloween special? Will you be tuning in?

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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice… with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

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