David Knight - 4th June 2018

Just a year after Gorillaz' star-studded fifth album Humanz was released, here comes a sixth - The Now Now, released later this month - and a new video for the first single Humility, with Jamie Hewlett's characters (including a new one) animated by Tim McCourt and Max Taylor at The Line.

With live action shot at Venice Beach – directed by Evan Silver – McCourt and Taylor's excellent 2D animation brings the band character 2D to life, joyfully rollerskating through Venice's celebrated streetlife (sporting Beats headphones) while the other bandmembers hang out with the locals - including Murdoc's 'temporary replacement', the equally green Ace, casually ruining a game of hoops.  

And with a significant live action supporting role for a guitar-strumming Jack Black, who pops up throughout, this seems like an altogether simpler and sunnier, and more commercially-minded iteration of the World's Most Successful Virtual Act. Certainly a kinder one for the usually hapless 2D. Well, that is until drummer Russel (now back at normal size) puts a sudden, surprisingly spiteful end to 2D's skate fun.

Can Russel be the new Murdoc? Good to see that some remainder of Hewlett's edge is still there...

Credits

EditorRobert Rafalat
DirectorJamie Hewlett
Co-DirectorMax Taylor
Executive ProducerBart Yates
Production CompanyBlinkink
ProducerRyan Ennis
ProducerGeorgina Fillmore
ProducerFranzi Nicolaus
AnimationThe Line
Executive ProducerJames Duveen
Co-DirectorTim McCourt
Production CompanyRuffian
Executive ProducerRobert Herman
Lead actorJack Black
Director of PhotographyCarlos Veron
Production designerChris Yager
WardrobeScott Ludden
Hair & Make-upAmy Hanlin
ColouristSimone Grattarola
Grading companyTime Based Arts

David Knight - 4th June 2018

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