Gorillaz - Celebrity Harvest (lost production material of unfinished animated film; early 2000s)

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Concept art for Celebrity Harvest.

Status: Lost

Gorillaz is a British virtual band created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Tank Girl artist Jamie Hewlett, which consists of four animated members: 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs and Noodle. During its first incarnation, it also included the character Del, a spirit which possessed Russel and ocasionally made appearances in the group's music videos.

Shortly after the release of their self-titled debut album, Hewlett announced that a Gorillaz film with the working title of Celebrity Harvest was in its early stages of development, along with a second album that would serve as its soundtrack.[1] The film was further teased in Blur's 2003 album Think Tank, which had the words "Celebrity Harvest" printed on a corner of the booklet.[2]

Very little is known about the film itself. Hewlett initially described it as "a very dark film" with "cannibals and zombies", but didn't disclose any details of its proposed storyline until after it was cancelled. He and Cass Browne (a former contributor to Gorillaz's music and characterization) later revealed to have written a full script, which revolved around the theme of the world being trapped in an endless night and the sickness of celebrity culture.[3] Further details from its plot can be seen through Jamie's concept artwork, such as Del becoming evil after being exorcised from Russel and Murdoc leaving Gorillaz to form his own metal band.[4] According to them, a lot of the ideas and themes originally intended for Celebrity Harvest were later implemented on their 2005 album Demon Days.

In a 2005 Trax Magazine interview with the band, it was revealed via the fictional characters that the film had been scrapped.[5] Hewlett affirmed that big animation studios such as Dreamworks were unwilling to produce a film as dark as Celebrity Harvest was intended to be, and he wasn't happy with their idea of a film featuring the Gorillaz characters.[6]

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