Saturday, November 5, 2011

Why Wasn't the "This Is It" Film Documentary Not Dedicated to Michael Jackson?

Like so many of you I have seen the concert film "This Is It" but I never really gave it much thought till someone recently brought it up to me about why there was no mention at all of Michael Jackson's passing? You know, like at the very end of the film you would have thought it would have ended with the words, "In Memoriam to Michael Jackson". Yes, you would have to have been living under a rock not to have known that Michael Jackson had died three months earlier, but usually when someone important to a film has died prior to the film being released the film is at least dedicated to them in some way.

I remember seeing the "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" in the movie theatre in December of 1991'. The film was released two months after the death of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. At the very beginning of the film there were the words "For Gene Roddenberry" which appeared, which meant the film was dedicated to him.

I have seen the 1992' Muppet film "A Muppet Christmas Carol" which was the first Muppet film made after the sudden death of Muppet creator Jim Hanson, and once again there were the words "For Jim Hanson."

I could go on and on, but these are just a few examples of someone who was important to a film or franchise dying before a project is done, and the film being dedicated to them. So why wasn't "This Is It" dedicated to Michael Jackson or at least given a memoriam to him? After all, this was supposedly his last project, right?  It would have been the right thing to do under the circumstances, don't you think? Yes, all of us knew Michael Jackson was dead, but we also knew Gene Roddenberry and Jim Hanson were dead, but that didn't stop the studios from dedicating these films to them.  So what gives here?

As I said before I never really gave this much thought, till someone brought it up, and it's very true.  If there were no plans to do a movie till after Michael Jackson's death then wouldn't Sony Pictures want to honor Michael Jackson by dedicating the film to him? Yes, we got a dedication to Michael's kids and his fans, which were nice, but you would think that the film would also have been dedicated to him as well. Maybe I'm making more out of this then need be but as I said before I have seen dedications done on films time and time again to the person who has died, yet not here. So is this another sign that Michael Jackson may not actually be dead, after all why would he want a film dedicated to his memory when he is still very much alive? It would also explain why the film was dedicated to his kids and fans instead, wouldn't it?  Make no mistake about it that would certainly be something Michael would want.

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