Gorillaz x Olympics...


The BBC are introducing a new animated '08 Olympic campaign with the characters Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy from 'the awesomely bad' 1970s live-action TV series 'Magic Monkey'. If this is from your era you might be shocked to discover this unknown narrative as a newly animated series by GORILLAZ members JAMIE HEWLETT and DAMON ALBARN.
Animated by legendary British inkslinger Hewlett with the score composed by Albarn, the Beeb’s new “Monkey” series of campaign animations and multi platform media spots (think mobile, web, and other interactive) is a big first for such a mainstream media company, especially in regard to the old institution that is the BBC.
Based on the story “Journey to the West,” a legendary Chinese novel published in the late 1500s and widely renowned as one of the country’s four most important works of fiction, the story follows a monk and his band of disciples as they battle a never-ending array of bad guys on a journey to reclaim a trove of sacred Buddhist scriptures for China. On this quest, the main character of Monkey dazzles in a series of battle scenes which he fights with his magic growing staff from the back of a flying cloud (sounds cool right?).

'...the idea is that you tell the entire story of Journey to the West in a two-minute opening sequence, which is basically them on their way to the Olympic stadium
… this is going to be the summer of Monkey'.

- Jamie Hewlett

And the beginning of pop culture intergrating with athletics...interesting.


rawdawgbuffalo said...

am i a lame for having read that boook?

Ms TooFly said...

...no your still fly :-)

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