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Mission M101 is a multi-part animated short film which depicts Gorillaz traveling to outer space after receiving a video message from G-Shock's founder Mr. Kikuo Ibe, who asks them to fulfill his lifelong dream of selling watches in space.

The videos were co-directed by Jamie Hewlett and The Brutus Collective, and produced as a collaborative effort between London-based studios Blinkink and Feed Me Light, who blended 2D and 3D animation techniques to give the videos their stylized appearance.

Part 1[]

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Gorillaz x G-Shock - Mission M101 (Part 1)

In Part 1, released on 20 September 2018, Noodle arrives at a Gorillaz HQ, located in Tokyo, with a package containing a video transmission from Ibe. After calling the others, they gather around the package to watch it. The video contains a message from Ibe, requesting they travel to Galaxy M101 to give aliens G-Shock watches. Immediately, Gorillaz rush to a spacecraft and begin their mission.

Part 2[]

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Gorillaz x G-Shock - Mission M101 (Part 2)

In Part 2, released on 25 October 2018, Gorillaz arrives at Galaxy M101 at the M101 Klub. At the club, Murdoc and Noodle pass out watches to the crowd, one of which accidentally slips in to Don Alien’s drink. Unaware of this, Don Alien takes a sip of his drink and chokes on it. Murdoc then laughs and records the incident with his phone, enraging Don Alien, who orders his minions to go after Gorillaz, chasing them out of the M101 Klub. Trapped in an ambush, Russel gives their spacecraft a boost, and they crash-land back to earth, right at the nearest G-Shock store. Ibe then fills in a “Create Gorillaz Watches” checkbox on a list in his notepad, with one more task open being “Human/Alien Connection”. Later, Don Alien sees the footage of him choking going viral, looking at the video with a vengeful grimace.

Part 3[]

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Gorillaz x G-Shock - Mission M101 (Part 3)

Part 3 starts off with Mr. Ibe showing off the GA-2000-GZ and the GWB5600GZ-1 watches, with Noodle fiddling with the time settings on the GWB5600GZ-1. The camera pans out, revealing aliens inside of a intergalactic spaceship, locating where Mr. Ibe and the Gorillaz are. The camera cuts to Mr. Ibe trying to smash the indestructible watches, to no avail. The aliens burn a hole through the labs wall, revealing Don Alien with his array of other aliens. The situation escalate, which in turn, causes Murdoc to give them a signed autograph. This fails heavily, which causes the Aliens to get furious. They accept the autograph, but then open fire onto the crew with laser guns. The attack fails, as Gorillaz blocks the previously mentioned lasers with the new watches they have gotten. The aliens are amazed, causing them to grab onto Murdoc's arm, grasping for a watch. Mr. Ibe, thrilled, hands over a set of the watches to the aliens.  The video then cuts to Noodle driving the Geep while the sun sets behind them.

Credits[]

Credits adapted from Feed Me Light's Behance post.[1]

  • Directors: BRVTVS Collective (Thibaud Clergue,  Aurélien Duhayon, Sébastien Iglesias, Camille Perrin)
  • Creative Director: Jamie Hewlett

Production[]

Episodes 01 & 02 were a co-production between Blinkink and Feed Me Light.

  • Creative Animation Studio: Feed Me Light
  • Production Company: Blinkink & Feed Me Light
  • Blinkink Executive Producer: Bart Yates
  • Blinkink Producer: Georgina Fillmore
  • Feed Me Light Executive Producers: Kiri Haggart, Ryan Goodwin-Smith
  • Feed Me Light Executive Creative Director: Denis Bodart
  • Feed Me Light Producers: Jenny Wells, Michael Parks, Daniela Hornksov Sun
  • Concept Design: Sébastien Iglesias, Aurélien Duhayon, Thibaud Clergue, Camille Perrin
  • Environment Design: Sébastien Iglesias, Aurélien Duhayon
  • Storyboard: Sébastien Iglesias, Aurélien Duhayon
  • 2D/3D Animatic: Thibaud Clergue, Aurélien Duhayon
  • Lead CG: Olivier Pirard
  • 3D Modeling: Felipe Hansen, Florent Rousseau, Jérémi Boutelet, Olivier Pirard, Thibaud Clergue
  • Shading/Texturing: Sébastien Iglesias, Camille Perrin, Florent Rousseau, Sophie Blayrat, Olivier Pirard, Thomas Batlle
  • Lighting/Rendering: Olivier Pirard, Jérémi Boutelet, Denis Bodart, Camille Perrin, Mark Mullan
  • Animators: Aurélien Duhayon, Thibaud Clergue, Sébastien Iglesias, William Lorton
  • Rigging: Ludovic Habas
  • Compositors: John Wilkinson, Denis Bouyer, Sébastien Iglesias, Camille Perrin, Mark Mullan, Simon Duclos

Music[]

  • Gorillaz music taken from the album ‘The Now Now’ & 'Gorillaz'.
  • Gorillaz are managed by Eleven Management
  • Eleven MGMT Producers: Claire O'Brien, Gaby Power
  • Warner Producers: Sophia Kilford, Vaniece Jno-Baptiste
  • Score: Remi Kabaka
  • Sound FX: Felt Music

Special thanks to Simon Duclos and Elena Felici.

Trivia[]

  • Early concept artwork for "Mission M101" showed Gorillaz at a factory with Ace sitting in a chair viewing Ibe on a TV Screen.[2]

References[]

  1. Feed Me Light Ltd. "Gorillaz x G-SHOCK - Mission M101". Behance. December 4th 2019.
  2. "Gorillaz' Gorillaz x G Shock: Making Of". YouTube. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
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