ROUND ONE, DAY TWO
Windmill, windmill for the land...Backgound
In May of 2005
, the Gorillaz released their sophomore album, Demon Days. Feel Good, Inc. was the hit single from the album, and inspired the preceding music video.
Here's a summary of the video via Wikipedia:
The integration of computer-generated imagery with two-dimensional animation is more seamless than in previous Gorillaz videos, creating a more textured, layered effect. At the beginning of the video, while the camera is rising up from the Feel Good Inc. tower, a sample of the Spacemonkeyz dub of "Clint Eastwood" entitled "A Fistful of Peanuts" can be heard. The main themes of the video are intellectual freedom and the media's dumbing down of mass culture.
In the video, 2D yearns for the freedom to join Noodle on her floating island. The characters lying on the floor represent those who have already been "dumbed down", while the band members are the ones who have awakened. 2D is trying to wake all the people from their half-dead state by yelling at them through his megaphone, in the style of a political activist.
“ I think Gorillaz built a tower around themselves that they couldn't get out of; of excess and debauchery. The video is based on this feeling. For a while it was great to be on the inside, but the party got out of hand. It's become like the 'Last days of Pompeii'... a... er... Sodding Gomorrah. The Feel Good Tower represents this. The palace we built has become a prison. In the video I'm just waking up from this year-long hedonist's dream, and I realize that maybe ... the fruits of success have turned sour.
—2D on the Feel Good Inc. video ”
In the band's audio commentary of the video in the Demon Days limited edition album DVD, Noodle commented that the floating island was "inspired by a lot of Japanese animation with the colours, the textures, and the tones". Jamie Hewlett admitted in an interview that the inspiration for some scenes in the video came from Hayao Miyazaki; specifically, the windmill-powered landmass, which has been compared to that of Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky. According to the DVD commentary, they wanted to "make the island seem as if it sprung from the mind of a child". The floating island is chased by ominous helicopters, which closely resemble Korean War era Bell H-13s, monitoring the behaviour inside and ensuring that no one escapes. It is unclear whether they are preventing Noodle's escape or are chasing her away. Back in the tower, De La Soul appear as larger-than life, seemingly omnipotent images on surrounding television screens, laughing at the Gorillaz band members. Their taunting drives 2D into a wild, hypnotic frenzy as he tries to resist the urge to be dumbed down. Noodle states: "Many people in life seem drawn to the more insane figures, who throw their weight around, seemingly oblivious to the effect that they have on people's feelings. Maybe they see this attribute as a sign of strength. However, I believe it's a downward spiral in which everyone gradually has their soul eroded." This is part of the band's Reject False Icons campaign. At the end of the video, 2D appears beaten by his surroundings, and returns to the state he was in when the video began, repeating the words "Feel good" until the video finally ends, in an exact reversal of the intro. The repetition of "Feel good" represents that 2D is convincing himself that everything is OK (as if he is brainwashing himself to believe it), instead of facing the harsh truth of the situation. The music video for "El Mañana" is a continuation of this video, depicting two helicopter gunships catching up to Noodle's floating windmill island and attacking it. The impression is that Noodle's island is under observation in "Feel Good Inc." and then attacked when it breaks free in "El Mañana".
So if you can get something out of that,
go ahead.Your Prompt
America Chavez and Kate Bishop are allies in the Marvel universe we know. But in one with floating windmills and stuff, it's anyone's guess. Using this video as a jumping board, figure out a scenario where two women enter...and, well, you know the rest.Don't you?
TIME TO FIGHT