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.  

PRO Credits


DirectorJamie Hewlett
Co-DirectorTim McCourt
Co-DirectorMax Taylor
ProducerEva Dahlqvist
Production CompanyThe Line
Production ManagerSamia Ahmed
Production ManagerLisa A. Smith
Lead AnimatorVenla Linna
ColouristLewis Crossfield
Grading companyTime Based Arts
ProducerNatalie Steiner
1st ADTom Kelly
1st ADLuke Goodrich
Director of PhotographyMax Halstead
Focus PullerToby Goodyear
Focus PullerBenjy Kirkman
GafferJim Agnew
GafferWill Pope
Costume designerCatherine Ladd
SFX Make-upNatasha Lawes
SFX Make-upBethan Adams Stringer
VFX SupervisorBernie Varela
Other creditsPhantom 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 Compositing: 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 Electrician: Richard Harrowing, Charlie Manningwalker, Jon Prentice, Greg Probart Rigger: 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 Catering: 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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