The “kind of abstract” movie is already in progress, and will be completed while the band make the next edition of their ‘Song Machine’ series.
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“We are supposed to be making a film while we’re doing season two [of ‘Song Machine’],” Albarn told Radio.com’s New Arrivals show.
“We signed contracts, we’ve begun scripts and stuff. Making an animated film that’s kind of abstract is quite a big risk for a movie studio because they’re very expensive,” he added.
“If you’re telling a slightly obtuse, weird story that only sometimes makes any sense, it’s quite difficult. That’s what we’ve discovered. But we will do it, we are doing it.
“I see a lot of people doing animated videos these days but I don’t think they really touch the quality of ours. We’re more in the world of Studio Ghibli.”
Reviewing Gorillaz’ collaborative new album ‘Strange Timez’, which features link-ups with the likes of slowthai, The Cure’s Robert Smith and Beck, NME wrote: “‘Strange Timez’ is a varied affair that pulls from Albarn and the band’s perchance for exploration: punk rock sits effortlessly next to glitzy piano ballads, while playful hip-hop and melancholic post-rave ambience soothe our pounding heads.
“It’s a further reminder that while the post-genre mindset is now crucial to mainstream success, Gorillaz have always been ken to encourage emerging artists to embrace their diverse inspirations.”
Late last year, Gorillaz released Reject False Icons, a documentary that offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the recording of the band’s last two albums, 2017’s ‘Humanz’ and the following year’s ‘The Now Now’.