Animal Planet to air Michael Jackson and Bubbles on 31 October

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The dancing machine Michael Jackson shared a very special relationship with his once-confidante Bubbles – which became the world’s most famous chimpanzee after accompanying Jackson on his meteoric rise to the top but subsequently disappeared from the public eye in the mid 90s.

Animal Planet will air a special programme on the close relationship between the two in Michael Jackson And Bubbles – The Untold Story chronicling the unseen footage and untold stories, revealed through those who witnessed their friendship throughout the years.

Michael Jackson And Bubbles – The Untold Story premieres on 31 October at 9 pm on Animal Planet. The programme repeats on 1 November at 4 pm.

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific senior vice president & general manager India Rahul Johri said, “Animal Planet connects viewers to the natural world through captivating characters and stories that inform, entertain and celebrate the wildlife on our planet. Offering intrigue relationships, unscripted drama, pet entertainment, and gripping encounters, Animal Planet is dedicated to mankind’s eternal
fascination with the creatures that share our world.”

When millions of mourners flocked to Jackson’s memorial service in July 2009, the world reflected on all the eccentricities of a creative genius. Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers in the world and the biggest global artist of all time. Adoring fans worshipped him, but Jackson was desperately isolated and lonely. He craved love and
affection, but found solace with an unlikely and trusted companion – a chimpanzee named Bubbles.
Bubbles wore designer clothes, flew first class and made appearances on TV talk shows. The chimp rocked the world’s media and even learned how to moon walk. He joined Michael on his 1987 ‘Bad’ tour of Japan and on other trips around the world. Bubbles became the world’s most famous pet, and for six years they were inseparable, both in public and in private. Their lives seemed to mirror each other: Michael
Jackson the man who never had a childhood and Bubbles, the chimp who grew up almost human. With all the discussion surrounding the shocking death of Michael Jackson, people wondered whatever happened to his beloved chimpanzee, Bubbles. For 20 years Bubbles fate remained a mystery until now.

This revealing story talks to those who witnessed the relationship first hand, including Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya Jackson, and explores the complex psychology behind Michael Jackson’s devotion to his chimp and other animals. It also highlights the path Bubbles’ life took once he hit adolescence and when the celebrity could no longer care for him, to where he is now more than 20 years later.

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