Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
Director: Daisuke Nishio, Hirotoshi Rissen, Kazuhisa Takenouchi and Leiji Matsumoto
Year Released: 2003
Hour-long animated music video/commercial for French dance duo Daft Punk's 2001 album Discovery, done in the style of 70's/80's anime - if you've watched either Star Blazers or Area 88, you should be familiar with its distinctive character types (lanky bodies, long faces, gigantic hair). The 'story' actually has little to do with the band itself (although they make a fleeting appearance), but rather about the corruptive forces of the music industry: a green-colored band from another planet gets kidnapped and brought to Earth, spray painted a more 'human' tint and brainwashed, only to be liberated by a space pirate who flies around in a ship shaped like an electric guitar (yes, Daft Punk actively supports recreational drug use). A lot of it is carefully edited to fit the music and it's a quick viewing, but appreciation depends on one's love of the band and their minimal music: I consider myself something of a fan and am glad I saw it, even though it is essentially a novelty.