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Gorillaz ft Leee John 'The Lost Chord' (Ep. 9) by Jamie Hewlett, Tim McCourt and Max Taylor

David Knight - 29th Dec 2020

The ninth and final episode from the Gorillaz' Song Machine series, and arguably Jamie Hewlett and co-directors Tim MCourt and Max Taylor have saved the best to last.

If finding Elton John in cartoon form in Episode 7 was a surprise - how about his namesake Leee getting top billing as an angry sea monster, laying waste to a precious piece of Gorillaz history?

The video for The Lost Chord is undoubtedly the most spectacular of the nine videos for the Song Machine album, but it is also in keeping with the rest of the series, particularly in exploring the increasing vulnerability of the previously devilish Murdoc. He has definitely met his match here, with the former frontman of 80s pop-soul outfit Imagination playing a chained Neptune-like creature who invades the band's poignant return to a now-desolate Plastic Beach with a momentous temper tantrum. 

This has been a brilliant series. As a body of work its as as good as anything in the Gorillaz canon. It's a real achievement by a consistent team of animators who have worked throughout the series. And the comic genius of Jamie Hewlett is still a bit underrated.  

David Knight - 29th Dec 2020


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Jamie Hewlett
Eva Dahlqvist
Production Company
The Line
Production Manager
Samia Ahmed
Production Manager
Lisa A. Smith
1st AD
Tom Kelly
1st AD
Luke Goodrich


Director of Photography
Max Halstead
Focus Puller
Toby Goodyear
Focus Puller
Benjy Kirkman


Jim Agnew


Costume designer
Catherine Ladd
SFX Make-up
Natasha Lawes
SFX Make-up
Bethan Adams Stringer


Lewis Crossfield
Colour grade company
Time Based Arts


VFX Supervisor
Bernie Varela


Tim McCourt
Max Taylor
Lead Animator
Venla Linna

Other credits

Phantom Operator

Stephen Price

Production Assistants

Laurence Moss & Skye van der Walt

2D Animation

Amanda Holm, Alvise Zennaro, Diego Porral

2D FX Animation

Mattieu Petit

Clean Up Artists

Laura Büchert Schjødt, Daniel Morales Ramirez, Maria Sandvig Nielsen, Alison Oxborrow, Diego Porral

Matte Paint

Antoine Birot


Freddie Lewis-Wall, Bernardo Varela, Elliott Kajdan, Valerie Guichard

Live Action Production Assistant

Alice Hayes

Production Runner

Sinead Solomon, Joanna Thompson, Laurence Moss, Skye Van Der Walt


Richard Harrowing, Charlie Manningwalker, Jon Prentice, Greg Probart


Steve Daly, Kristian Fletcher

Wardrobe Assistant

Liz Crossman

SFX Makeup Trainee

Jane Emily Arnold

Special Effects Supervisors

Mats Rivenes, George Finnamore

Trainee Special Effects

Antonio Cardoso


Aga Aga Catering, Little Cooking Pot

Camera Kit

Love High Speed

Covid Supervisor

Karl Lawton

Additional Plastic Beach footage courtesy of Tristan Oliver and Passion Pictures

David Knight - 29th Dec 2020

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