The band Gorillaz has a huge fan base for their smooth fusion of alt-rock, hip-hop, and electronica. They’ve been around since the late 90s, winning a Grammy and multiple other awards over the years
That’s not why most people know the name, though. Most people know them as that crazy cartoon band.
Of course, there are real musicians behind Gorillaz. They’re not vocaloids. But the public faces of the band are Murdoc, Noodle, 2-D, and Russell. They’re an album cover writ large; the fevered doodles in the margins of a high school textbook come to life.
The characters are compelling, but they’d benefit from long-form exposure. A lot of effort goes into animating them for what amounts to music videos.
So, it’s not surprising that creators Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn are finally sending the crew to the small screen. During an interview with Canadian magazine Exclaim, Hewlett detailed plans for a 10-episode animated series.
No word yet on exactly when the series will air or even the title, but they have a contract in place and plans for the 2018 season.
The Gorillaz adventures have always been reminiscent of the animated Beatles works, and it sounds like Hewlett wants to maintain that aesthetic.
“Everybody does CG now, and it is great when you’re making backgrounds, like environments and landscapes, but not the actual characters,” said Hewlett. “I’m still very much inspired by the work of Chuck Jones, and I love that animation. It’s art. I’d like to keep the characters in that style for the rest of this campaign. So the characters on the show will be 2D, but everything else is up for grabs.”
If you’re not already familiar with Gorillaz, take a look at their latest video. The new show will likely have a similar style and tone.