May 29, 2008 -
team set for Beijing Olympics
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett
collaborate with BBC Sport
Monkey and Pigsy get ready for the
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have
teamed up with BBC Sport to create the title
sequence and music for their coverage of the Beijing
The animation is based on the
traditional Chinese folklore tale 'Journey To The
West', which the pair staged as an opera last year.
The music and animation has
been created especially for the Olympics by
the Gorillaz and Blur pair.
The title sequence will last
for two minutes, but will also be edited down to a variety of
shorter versions for broadcast.
In the animation, the
characters Monkey, Pigsy and
Sandy, will "travel to Beijing's
Bird's Nest Stadium, playing various
Olympic sports along the way, including diving,
sprinting and the hammer".
The summer Olympics
take place between August 8 and 24.