Docs That Rock

Gorillaz Has an Online World Premiere

Hooray again for alternative forms of distribution because without the kind folks at Babelgum, not sure anyone would get to see this funky doc Bananaz. It’s all about the making of Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz, the “most successful animated band ever” per the press release (who were they competing with btw? Josie and the Pussycats? The Chipmunks? Was there a vote?)

I caught this film at SXSW ’08 and enjoyed the behind-the-scenes peek at how Albarn and comic artist Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl) created the characters Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. While it’s one type of art bringing the imaginary band to life on page, it was a pretty amazing feat to see how the characters did a live performance. There was a lot of British idioms and in jokes in the film, which weighed it down for me, but so long as its online friendly, it’s definitely worth streaming through and speeding past the slower parts. Other deleted scenes, screensavers, fan candy can be found here at Babelgum. The film went online earlier today.


April 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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  1. […] keep making ‘em?) There was no discussion of new distribution channels on the web (see the Gorillaz doc post the other day) either. But you can’t have everything in one article, […]

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