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Gorillaz - 5-4 (Animatic)

The official animatic storyboard for the cancelled music video of the song 5/4 by Gorillaz from their self-titled debut album, Gorillaz.


The music video opens up with a full naked woman, but with her breasts covered with stars and genitals covered with the Gorillaz logo.

The scene quickly changes, opening up to Noodle playing the guitar. The scene zooms out, showing the whole Gorillaz band (along with Mike the Monkey) performing live on a tall red-lit stage (shaped similarly to the silhouette of a penis and testicles) while a group of sexualized female dancers are performing on a different stage in front of them. The dancers' moves attract bass player Murdoc Niccals, giving him the urge to not only take centre stage but also to reach out to them. A platform then extends out of the stage, allowing him to get close to the dancers but to also take off all of his clothes, thus revealing an uncensored cartoon penis. However, when he tries to jump across to the other side towards them, he trips over his pants and falls fully naked into the crowd below.


According to liner notes from certain images on the Gorillaz 20th Anniversary Box Set, the storyboard was made around November–December of 2000, planned for a release after Gorillaz' lead single Clint Eastwood (even being advertised on the interview CD The Apex Tapes). However, because of both the angry and anti-commercial sound of the song and the heavy sexual connotations on the proposed video, the single ended up being dropped (twice), first in favour of 19-2000 and later of Rock The House, and along with it went the music video.

It was released to the public on 18 November 2002, being included on the Phase One: Celebrity Take Down DVD. Short animated segments of the band members were reused on the live visuals for the song from the Gorillaz LIVE tour.

Fan-Made Versions[]

Main Article: 5/4 (Fan-Made Music Video)

On 4 May 2015, a user by the name of Martin M published a fan-animated music video for the song based on the official storyboards to his YouTubeW and NewgroundsW account. The YouTube upload was later taken down, but it is still up on Newgrounds and can be seen here.

A few years later, on 15 May 2020, a production team called Hooligramz released their own fan-made version of the music video, with the assistance of Martin and Flesh Eaters member Mat Wakeham, uploaded to animator Jacob Polar's YouTube channel. This version had been in production since July 2019, and included brand-new animation inspired by the storyboard as well as footage from the band's live performance at La Cigale, France in June 2001 and the live visuals as background footage on the stage's screens. As of 2023, the video has amassed over 3.6 million views on YouTube.



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The full image gallery for 5/4 (Animatic) may be viewed at 5/4 (Animatic)/Gallery.