May 28, 2008 10:38

Gorillaz team set for Beijing Olympics

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett collaborate with BBC Sport

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Gorillaz' Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have teamed up with BBC Sport to create the title sequence and music for their coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

The animation is based on the traditional Chinese folklore tale 'Journey To The West', which the pair staged as an opera last year.

The music and animation has been created especially for the Olympics by the Gorillaz and Blur pair.

The title sequence will last for two minutes, but will also be edited down to a variety of shorter versions for broadcast.

In the animation, the characters Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy, will "travel to Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium, playing various Olympic sports along the way, including diving, sprinting and the hammer".

The summer Olympics take place between August 8 and 24.

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