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Desc:Based on the Monkey legend, and by the guys who do Gorillaz. Why not?
Category:Sports, Cartoons & Animation
Tags:monkey, Olympics, cartoons, Gorillaz, China
Submitted:Whitaker
Date:07/30/08
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kiint
man when is hewlett gonna get his own feature?
Aelric
I vaguely remember an article awhile back saying that this was gonna be a full feature retelling of the monkey legend. I hope they weren't just talking about about this commercial.

Also: Chinese music beats Japanese music any day.

Xenocide
It's been made. But it's not a movie, it's a stage production.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey:_Journey_To_The_West

This ad uses updated versions of the designs from it.

StanleyPain
I think it's funny in a weird way that Hewlett is remembered more for Gorillaz than Tank Girl.
Binro the Heretic
More widespread appeal.

Tank Girl was punk. Gorillaz are pop.

Billie_J_Buttfuck
There's no difference anymore.

Also, this is five star animation.

ztc
Kuan Yin's kinda cute.

zatojones
It's kind of ironic that the guy know for his "punk" comics featuring anti-authoritarian characters and situations is now doing ad work for one of the modern world's more oppressive regimes.

Caminante Nocturno
The nature of Olympics was irrepressible!
Adham Nu'man
Caminante, as our resident anime expert: there is an old cartoon (most likely chinese) about the monkey legend. It was a TV series, and I'm talking quite old here, from the 60s or 70s. Do you have any idea what I'm talking about?

Whitaker
I would love to see the guy who wrote the English dialogue for the 1970s Monkey live-action series team up with Hewlett to do a cartoon series in this style. That would kick ass.

gmol
wow...swear there was a little Clint Eastwood in there....
happy_ending
I heard that too but I think it's just a setting on the keyboard, like "Bossa Nova" or something similar.

Aubrey McFate
This is such a ripoff of Dragonball.
thebaronsdoctor
I am totally gay for Hewlett's art style, I am willing to admit that.
TeflonDoc
oh man, this is so nice.
TeflonDoc
I'm guessing China is expecting to win in the 5k Smog Ride this year?
Merzbau
Hewlett!
cognitivedissonance
It's so awesome because the Gorillaz aren't actually in it.
Maggot Brain
The cartoon was nice but I was more in to the music.
Xenocide
Man, the monkey king is one of those stories that never gets old no matter how many times it gets redone in various forms of media. He should have been the official mascot.

I can only pray that a high-quality mp3 of this song exists.
Merzbau
The whole soundtrack album is coming out soon, as "Journey to the West" by Monkey (INSTEAD OF GORILLAZ, LAWL DO YOU GET?). Not sure who the producer is this time.

gmol
Bah I just got monkey off itunes....this track sounds like Monkey Bee, but it's not at all as good as the version in this BBC trailer....not too bad otherwise, but this song the song in the trailer is much better than anything in the album...

Spit Spingola
YESYESYESYES! Fucking beautiful to look at.
Meerkat
Translation:

"We love you monkey san
We plan to eat your brain soon
Please wear this metal band
To keep your skull from splintering
When we hit you with hammers
Each time you look at one of us.

Thanks for lighting the brazier
But we prefer to eat it raw."
j lzrd / swift idiot
It's the year of the Badass Monkey King.
NoCode
That is some pretty shit right there. I agree that Hewlett needs to do a feature.
RandomFerret
If it weren't for the fact that China is hosting the olympics this year, the last two seconds would be quite an amusing non-sequitor.

There was going to be a Gorillaz feature at one point, but they ran out of money or something. Probably for the best, but I still would have gone opening night.
And Then Explosions
This was the PERFECT chance to activate the "my monkey strong bowels girded with strength" tag and no one took advantage of it. I cannot fully articulate my disappointment.

5 stars anyway.
MrBuddy
So I guess Portal of Evil Television has given up on the idea of evil videos in favor of cool videos. *sigh* I favorited this one anyway.
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