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...


DirectorJamie Hewlett
Co-DirectorTim McCourt
Co-DirectorMax Taylor
Executive ProducerBart Yates
Production CompanyBlinkink
ProducerRyan Ennis
ProducerGeorgina Fillmore
ProducerFranzi Nicolaus
AnimationThe Line
Executive ProducerJames Duveen
EditorRobert Rafalat
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
Other creditsCast: Alex Okafor, Dexter Homan, Brent Martin, Remi Kabaka, Will Dewitt Roller Skater stand-in: Edgar Khatchatrian Animation Directors: Tim McCourt & Max Taylor Animators: Marlène Beaube, Léonard Bismuth, Maxime Delalande, Tim Dillnutt, Sarah Dhorne, Wesley Louise, Venla Linna, Xavier Ramonède, Pierre Rütz, Alvise Zennaro Background Artist: Bjorn Erik-Aschim Lead Compositor: Bernardo Varela Compositors: Valentina Bartiromo, Guillaume Cassuto, Kye Dorricott, Fiona Lu, Courtney Pryce Clean Up Artists: Aude Carpentier, Denise Dean, Angelina De Silva, Michael Douglas, Gerald Gallego, Venla Linna, Toby Parry, Setareh Seto, Isobel Stenhouse Production Manager: Max Ross Production Assistants: Samia Ahmed, Leana Mae Felipe Tech Support: Jack Straw Additional Clean Up: Amix Rotoscoping: Trace VFX Head of Production: Sheila Eisenstein Production Supervisor: Joshua Hummel 1st AC: Rod Horwitz, Eric Aguilar 2nd AC: Alan Certeza, Brian Austin B-Cam Operator: Joseph Messier DIT: JJ Osbourne 1st AD: Chuck Connors 2nd AD: Erid Topp, Brent Martin Gaffer: Red Hickman Key Grip: Michael Koepke Grips: Ryan Sparling, Danny Carillo, Adam Flore Executive Producer Colour: Tom Jones Location Manager: Scott Ludden Sound Design: Offset Audio Engineer: Claire Bilyard

David Knight - 4th June 2018

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