Gorillaz - Cracker Island ft. Thundercat (Official Video)

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Published 2022-07-28
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Cracker Island

On cracker Island it was born
To the collective of the dawn
They were planting seeds at night

To grow a made up paradise
Where the truth was auto tuned (forever cult)
But it’s sadness I consumed (forever cult)
Into my formats everyday (forever cult)
in end I had to pay (what world is this)
In the end I had to pay (I purged my soul)
In the end I had to pay (I drank to riot)
Nothing more to say (I drank to riot)

They taught themselves to be occult
They didn’t know it’s many strategies x 2
Fantasies

What world is this? x2

On cracker island it was raised
By the collective from the grave
It only came out at night
It ate up their paradise (paradise)
Where the truth was auto tuned (forever cult)
And it’s sadness I consumed (forever cult)
Into my formats everyday (forever cult)
In the end I had to pay (what world is this)
Out there on my silverlake (I was not there)
In the end it will be great (beneath the hills)
I’m like a ship between the tides (I saw myself)
I held on I survived (there in the void)

They taught themselves to be occult
They didn’t know it’s many strategies x2
Fantasy

On cracker island It will die (forever cult)
Join the collective in the sky (forever cult)
And on a shining boat of light (forever cult)

Go up to paradise (what world is this)
Where the truth is autotuned (I purged my soul)
And it’s sadness I consume (I drank to riot)
Into my formats everyday (I drank to riot)
In the end I had to pay (forever cult)

In the end I’ll have to pay (forever cult)
In the end I’ll be ok (forever cult)

Nothing more to say x3

Credits:
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

Executive Producers for Nexus: Charlotte Bavasso & Chris O'Reilly, Mike Bell
CG Supervisors: Dave Hunt & Florian Caspar
VFX Supervisor & Compositing Lead: Germán Díez
DP: Ricky Patel
Editor: Dave Slade
Producer: Jo Bierton
Production Manager: Ruyi Meer
Production Coordinator: Tyler Antin
Production Assistant: Megan Silvester
Storyboard Artist: Rodrigo Aquino Verdun
Character Modeller: Andrew Hickinbottom
3D Generalist: Andy Spence
Rigging: Niko Rossi, Nayla Nassar
Modeller & Texture Artist: Catarina Loja
Pipeline TD: Tom Melson
Animators: Fabrice Fiteni, Marylou Mao, Tom Lowe, Fatih Dogan
Lead Lighter: Carl Kenyon
Lighting & Rendering: Pawel Adamiec, Rodi Kaya, Daniel Prince
Lead Compositor; Sacha Danjou
Compositors: Gareth Tredrea, Sander Saks, Hiral Kawa, Alexey Viatvud, Gourav Kumar, Simran Arora, Osman Baloglu
VFX Editors: Andrea Zantiras, Zaki Fulford
Designer & Matte Painters: Milan Baulard, Callum Strachan, Paul Campion
Designer: Ieuan Lewis
2D VFX ANIMATOR: Bethany Levy
3D VFX: Paul Mitcheson
Motion Graphics Designer: Nathan Bayliss
Head of Resources: Natalie Busuttil
Resource Manager: Gigi Kohut
Resource Coordinator: Meg Dupont
Marketing & PR: Valentina Tarelli, Nancy Edmondson, Isobel Wise, Steph Anjo

Archive Producer: Lisa Savage

Sound FX Designer: JM Finch

Grade Company: Black Kite Studios

Service Production Company - Tuna Icon

CAST:
2D, Noodle, Russel Hobbs, Murdoc Niccals, Thundercat

Supporting cast:
Milica Tepavac, Sonja Vukicevic, Ivan Tomic, Rudolf Tsabalala, Vukasin Stanic, Ella Landesman, Sippa Hengprathom, Nani Pavlovic, Tea Simic, Snezana Radivojsa, Rajesh Kalhan, Roda Adan

Spanish Service Co: AzuL

Eleven Management are:
Niamh Byrne, Regine Moylett, Tanyel Vahdettin, Stars Redmond, Astrid Ferguson, Gabriele Power, Ellie Nolan, Aston New, Katherine Nash, Suzi Grossman, Selena Dion, Clare Moss, Hannah Norris

With thanks to:
Thundercat, Dom Smith, Alison Smith, Josh Berman

All Comments (21)
  • I used to be a fan, but after this masterpiece dropped I’m a whole air conditioner
  • Nunya Music
    I know animating this level of 3d models can get expensive but honestly this is by far the best this band has looked and I really want more of this style

    Edit: I'd like to thank the internet for arguing about any opinion ever lol.
  • Nymodil
    The fact that I literally grew up with Noodle is amazing, I was a teen when I first started listening to them. Now Noodle and I are very close in age in our 30s. I love this band so much for that
  • Thundercat and Gorillaz slaps surprisingly well. The collab we didn't expect but fell in love with...

    I love the way they mixed real life with 3D animation!! Gorillaz remains one of my favourite bands.
  • mmpj twod
    I remember I was 8 when they came out with Clint Eastwood, I’m about to be 30 and glad to see Gorillaz still making music that slaps!
  • Fyr
    one thing you've got to respect is how they manage to switch up their style every time
  • boa tenoi .v.
    Cara eu adoro como o gorillaz sempre evolui, a animação, a música e etc. Música muito boa 👌❤️
  • Sinner Of Asmr
    i love how Gorillaz is still relevant after, how many years now? since 1998 so it's been 24 years, that is just astounding to me. and they're still getting new fans! i introduced one of my friends to them and they became immediately obsessed. i genuinely love this band and it was such a big part of my upbringing, i hope they continue to prosper :))
  • LTRiiken
    Thundercat Fan for like 10 Years, i really hope this collab brings in more fans, hes truly amazing.

    Hopefully Gorillaz can work with Flying Lotus too
  • I respect the fuck out of this, the fact that the narrative is going on in the background as well as the foreground, like noodle asking for a phonecall its little touches like that, which show me this has passion and creative though put behind every frame of this mv
  • 1Sariat5
    I've watched this an unhealthy amount of times. This vid actually made me go on a Gorillaz binge for the first time, loving everything I find <3
    The models and animation in this go absolutely bonkers crazy. This is definitely one of my favorite MV's of theirs. Especially that Murdoc bit. His expressions and movements are so excellent and.. Believable?
  • Drae
    Fuck yeah! Thundercat! This is super catchy
  • Toast
    I wish the sound effects when he says “occult” were in the actual song, I weirdly love it and it adds a lot
  • So much to love here.
    Thundercat doll that changes pose everytime we cut to it. Thundercat himself growing in size throughout the video. Noodle wording "Paradise" and going back to arguing with the cops. Russel seeing pictures in static.The monkey that flashes by (are we getting back to some demon days shenanigans?). Murdoc. The ghost.
    Oh yeah and the music is fire as well.
  • Emily Shrewsbury
    I love how it looks like Thundercat is having a fun time. This music video is gorgeous.
  • ChainNonSmoker
    Given his toxin-driven party-animal lifestyle
    2-D doesn't seem to have aged a bit in past 20 years, voice is still the same as it used to and he keeps on writing these amazingly banging pop-tunes like it's nothing.

    What a legend, a real talent.
  • Tayler McEntire
    The progression of music, art style, and lore for a single band over 20+ years is just mind-boggling. Feels like they've grown up with me.
  • Eva Soršak
    Lyrics

    On Cracker Island it was born
    To the collective of the dawn
    They were planting seeds at night
    To grow a made-up paradise
    Where the truth was auto-tuned (Forever cult)
    And it's sadness I consumed (Forever cult)
    Into my formats everyday (Forever cult)
    In the end, I had to pay (What world is this?)
    In the end, I had to pay (I purged my soul)
    In the end, I had to pay (I drank to write)
    I've got nothing more to say (I drank to write)

    They taught themselves to be occult
    They didn't know its many strategies
    They taught themselves to be occult
    They didn't know its many strategies (Fantasies)

    What world is this?
    What world is this?

    On Cracker Island it was raised (Hey, hey, hey, hey)
    By the collective from the grave (Hey, hey, hey, hey)
    It only came out at night (Hey, hey, hey, hey)
    It ate up their paradise (Paradise)
    Where the truth was auto-tuned (Forever cult)
    And it's sadness I consumed (Forever cult)
    Into my formats everyday (Forever cult)
    In the end, I had to pay (What world is this?)
    Out there on my silver lake (I was not there)
    In the end, it will be great (Beneath the hills)
    I'm like a ship between the tide (I saw myself)
    I held on, I surprise (Beneath the void)

    They taught themselves to be occult
    They didn't know its many strategies
    They taught themselves to be occult
    They didn't know its many strategies (Fantasies)

    On Cracker Island it will die (Forever cult)
    Join the collective in the sky (Forever cult)
    And on the shining bolt of light (Forever cult)
    Go out to paradise (What world is this?)
    Where the truth is auto-tuned (I purged my soul)
    And it's sadness I consume (I drank to write)
    Into my formats everyday (I drank to write)
    In the end I had to pay (Forever cult)
    In the end I had to pay (Forever cult)
    In the end I'll be okay (Forever cult)

    Nothing more to say
    Nothing more to say
    Nothing more to say