I’ve always been a fan of Daft Punk, from the first time I caught the music video for Da Funk on TV. Spike Jonze created a totally surreal video that manages to tell a story at the same time. After that, their next big hit was Around The World, this time directed by Michel Gondry. So when I saw Daft Punk’s retro anime videos for songs off their Discovery album, I was pleasantly surprised to see them going in an all new, yet still perfectly matched direction. It was clear from the videos that there was a larger story to be told, and with the release of Interstella 5555 it was clear that they decided to do something extraordinary, and perhaps unprecedented in the world of music videos.
The videos were actually just clips from a longer film they wrote, brought to life with the help of famed Japanese anime director Leji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock). If you’ve ever heard the songs on Discovery, you already know that it’s a great album in its own right, but mixing this retro anime style movie with the music takes it to a new level.
Interstella 5555 fills in the gaps, creating one long music video for every song on the album. There is no dialog, but the images speak for themselves, and it’s cool to see what happens in the full story. If you managed to catch some of the videos on TV you were probably intrigued to find out what is going on and the movie makes it all clear. You’ll get to know the characters, see a few in-jokes, and enjoy the music style that Daft Punk is known for. The film runs 68 enthralling minutes and is totally worth checking out if you’re into Daft Punk or anime. Just sit back, relax, put your headphones on, and go off on an intergalactic trip of epic proportions.
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