Gorillaz Duo Use "Monkey" to Promote BBC Olympics Coverage

July 24, 2008 10:50 AM ET

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn — the duo behind Gorillaz — have created an animated clip promoting the BBC's coverage of the Beijing Summer Olympics. The video draws heavily from the duo's most recent collaboration, the opera Monkey: Journey to the West, based on a classic Chinese novel. The video itself doesn't seem very Olympic-y until the Monkey character uses a spear to both pole vault and javelin. Visually, these guys are a lot easier to look at than the Gorillaz's Murdoc, and the music of the opera sounds like Steve Reich composing over an android orchestra. Plus, it's much better than those Morgan Freeman-narrated Visa commercials we're getting over here to promote the Olympics. Take a look at the full video here.

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