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Gorillaz - Silent Running ft Adeleye Omotayo (Official Video)

The official music video for the Gorillaz song Silent Running, fifth single of the album Cracker Island. It was released on 8 February 2023 along with the single itself and was produced and animated by independent animation studio Nexus Studios.


The video starts with a landscape of the scene where the video takes place - under the Hollywood sign. We then see members of the Forever Cult walking into a torch-lit hall where 2-D is suspended over a pit, a system of pulleys ready to lower him down. Noodle, Murdoc and a dazed-looking Russ hide behind a pillar, with Murdoc staring in awe at Moon Flower.

2-D is gradually lowered down into the pit, where a creature seems to be waiting to eat him. Murdoc opens a bottle labeled Essence Of Murdoc. This receives a disgusted reaction from Noodle, who then slaps him. Once Noodle, Russ and Murdoc are in disguises, 2-D is still being dropped slowly into the large hole with Moon Flower watching over him. At the last minute, she decides to save 2-D, much to the dismay of the creature in the pit.

Meanwhile, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel are discovered by the other members of the Forever Cult. They drop their disguises and fight them, which Murdoc seems to be opposed to. He rushes over to help Moon Flower, who is pulling 2-D up from the pit. He looks over at her and winks, making Moon Flower drop the rope that is suspending 2-D and sends Murdoc crashing into a metal girder. As this happens, his green bottle flies out of his pocket and into the creature's mouth, who is expecting to eat 2-D. The creature then writhes in pain and falls to its knees before exploding into smoke the same colour as Essence Of Murdoc.

2-D flies out the pit whilst all members of the Forever Cult turn into dust. Moon Flower collapses, upsetting Murdoc, who decides to run away due to the sound of police sirens. Russel, Noodle, and a very drowsy 2-D are then found by police officers and put their hands up in surrender, with Murdoc fleeing the scene in the background.


  • Official Gorillaz YouTube channel.



  • 2D, Noodle, Russel Hobbs, Murdoc Niccals
  • Supporting Cast: Milica Tepavac, Dejan Kolarov, Jelena Tjapkin, Budimir Stosic, Anisja Stojkovic, Ljubica Ikic, Dimitrij Ponkratenko


  • Directors: Jamie Hewlett & Fx Goby
  • Executive Producers: Jamie Hewlett & Damon Albarn
  • Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn are managed by Eleven Management
  • A Nexus Studios & Gorillaz Production
  • London Studio
    • Executive Producers: Charlotte Bavasso & Chris O'Reilly, Mike Bell
    • CG Supervisor: Dave Hunt
    • VFX Supervisor: Germán Díez
    • Director of Photography: Ricky Patel
    • Lead Compositor: Sacha Danjou
    • Editor: Dave Slade
    • Producer: Isobel Conroy, Jo Bierton
    • Production Manager: Ruyi Meer
    • Production Coordinator: Tyler Antin
    • Head of Pipeline: Tom Melson
    • Systems Engineer: Ryan Cawthorne
    • Character Modeller: Andrew Hickinbottom
    • Character Texture Artist: Florian Caspar
    • Lead 3D Animator: William Lorton
    • 3D Animators: Marylou Mao, Tom Lowe
    • 3D Generalist: Josh Barlow, Matilde Vinther
    • 2DFX Animator: Bethany Levy
    • Compositors: Sander Saks, Gareth Tredrea
    • Storyboard Artists: Emmanuelle Walker, Louis Kynd
    • Lead Rigger: Niko Rossi
    • Rigger: Nayla Nassar
    • VFX Editors: Andrea Zantiras, Zaki Fulford
    • Designer: Ieuan Lewis
    • Creative & Talent Development: Delfina Maria
    • Head of Production: Rachel Moss
    • Head of Resourcing: Natalie Busuttil
    • Studio Resourcing Coordinator: Meg Dupont
    • Studio Systems Administrator: Rory Bedward
    • IT Support: Vinicius Donadio
    • PR & Marketing: Valentina Tarelli, Nancy Edmondson, Steph Anjo
  • Sydney Studio
    • Executive Creative Producer: Darren Price Executive Producer: Tina Braham Producer: Diana Angelius Head of Studio: Ben Seager IT Manager: Jason Yee Head of 2D: Gary Fouchy Lead Compositor: Navid Bagherzadeh Compositor: Mat McCosker, Daniel Alvarez, Chris Charlton Digital Matte Painter: Jamie Phillips Junior Compositor: Wendy Lu Head of Lighting: Mike Lomas Lighting: Trent Rogan, Cosmo Park 3D Tracking: PEANUT Roto: Team
    • VFX Artist Sound FX Designer: JM Finch
    • Additional Sound FX elements recorded at Brain Audio
    • Grade Company: George K at Black Kite Studios
    • Live Action Service Production Company: Tuna Icon
    • Executive Producer: Ivana Antic
    • Line Producer: Diana Bojovic



SRmv Essence SilentRunning 2D SilentRunningMV
The full image gallery for Silent Running (Music Video) may be viewed at Silent Running (Music Video)/Gallery.


  • The video ends with the band getting arrested. leading many fans to think it then leads on to the events for the music video of Cracker Island.