Monday, April 20, 2009

Gorillaz: Bananaz Documentary Out Today

Bananaz released today

For those of you who love the Gorillaz, you'll especially need to check out this documentary that's fittingly entitled Bananaz. Directed by Ceri Levy, Bananaz is a great 90 minute movie that follows the Gorillaz's creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett (aka J-Weasel) from 2000 to 2006. You'll get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the band's conception, both from the animation side of the project and the recording process. Also, you'll finally get to see the faces behind the voices of the "band members" Murdoc, 2D, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs.

What I found most interesting was the excitment from Albarn and Hewlett over the band's novel concept. At the start, it wasn't clear how the public would accept a cartoon band. Bananaz really portrays the hardships and adversities of delving into experimental projects - let's face it, the idea was pretty wacky to begin with: cartoon characters in a band, each with very strange and unique orgins and backgrounds.

Check it out (here). A DVD of Bananaz will be released June 1, 2009.

Also set to drop hopefully some time this year is the Gorillaz third LP...