A bright (and animated) Halloween night with Michael Jackson

  • Characters from the animated special, “Michael Jackson’s Halloween,” airing Friday on CBS. CBS via AP

Associated Press
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Here’s a chance to trick or treat with the eyes and ears. Catch Michael Jackson’s Halloween, a for-all-ages animated special airing Friday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

It costumes Halloween as a life-affirming way to explore hopes and dreams.

“This is just for fun,” summed up John Branca, one of the special’s executive producers.

The story unfolds in a familiar Halloween setting: a haunted mansion. A couple of teens, Vincent and Victoria, are by chance drawn into this mysterious manor on Halloween night. There awaits adventure, discovery and, of course, music. (Happily, this property is under the spell of Michael Jackson.)

Vincent and Victoria are voiced by Lucas Till and Kiersey Clemons, with Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu and Jim Parsons furnishing the voices for a whimsical array of supporting characters.

At issue is an evil force that aims to impose mindless conformity on everyone and to banish music from the world. Spoiler alert: This villainess, who in fact is named Conformity, will soundly lose the battle thanks to Vincent and Victoria and the rest of the opposition rallied by Jackson.

“Michael was a big kid who loved Halloween and loved animation, and, of course, his video Thriller is the most popular music video of all time,” said Branca.