Phase One: Celebrity Take Down

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Phase One: Celebrity Take Down
Gorillaz Phase One Celebrity Take Down.jpg
Video by
Released18 November 2002
LengthVoid, multiple features
Gorillaz chronology
Phase One: Celebrity Take Down
Demon Days Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Pitchfork Media5.6/10[1]

Phase One: Celebrity Takedown is a compilation DVD by Gorillaz, released in November 2002. The DVD compiles the videos and animatics related to the release of the band's first album, Gorillaz, as well as the related singles. The DVD came with an extra CD-ROM containing desktop wallpapers, screensavers and other such special features. Limited edition copies came packaged in a hard box with a map of Kong Studios, exclusive sticker sheet and a 52-page reprint of the original promotional booklet released in limited quantities three years prior. The DVD itself follows a small storyline, with the player being a police investigator sent to examine Kong Studios due to strange goings on. The studios look in a reasonably good state, which would change dramatically for Phase Two. If the player waits in a room for too long, they will get attacked and die. This DVD is mostly traditionally animated, while also maintaining some elements of three-dimensional animation as well.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Introduction" – 1:20
  2. "Tomorrow Comes Today" (Video) – 3:15
  3. "The Game of Death" (G-Bite) – 1:00
  4. "Clint Eastwood" (Video) – 4:44
  5. "Clint Eastwood" (Animatic) – 4:44
  6. "Clint Eastwood" (Storyboards)
  7. "Image Gallery" – 6:13
  8. "The Eel" (G-Bite) – 1:00
  9. "19/2000" (Video) – 3:55
  10. "19/2000" (Animatic) – 3:55
  11. "19/2000" (Storyboards)
  12. "2D Interview" – 0:55
  13. "Free Tibet" (G-Bite) – 1:00
  14. "Rock The House" (Video) – 3:15
  15. "Rock The House" (Animatic) – 3:15
  16. "Rock The House" (Storyboards)
  17. "Jump The Gut" (G-Bite) – 1:15
  18. "5/4" (Unfinished Animatic) – 3:00
  19. "Hey, Our Toys Have Arrived!" (G-Bite) – 0:45
  20. "Clint Eastwood" (Live at the Brits) – 4:12
  21. "Clint Eastwood" (Live at the Golden Music Awards) – 4:15
  22. "The Charts of Darkness" (Documentary) – 24:55
  23. "M1A1" (Live Show Visual) – 4:01
  24. "Tomorrow Comes Today" (Live Show Visual) – 3:15
  25. "Dracula" (Live Show Visual) – 4:44
  26. "Punk" (Live Show Visual) – 1:36
  27. "5/4" (Live Show Visual) – 3:00
  28. "Sound Check (Gravity)" (Live Show Visual) – 4:34
  29. "Gorillaz Website Tour" – 10:03
  30. "Dr. Wurzel's Winnebago" – 6:11
  31. "Fancy Dress" (Unfinished G-Bite) – 0:45
  32. "Lil' Dub Chefin" (Video) & End Credits – 4:45
  33. "Hidden Extras"

Gorilla Bitez[edit]

  • Jump the GutNoodle and Del are betting to see if 2D will jump over Russel's 'gut'. 2D is on a tricycle, speeding up with his hands firmly on the brakes, while Russel is on the ground asleep, scratching his crotch. 2D peddles up a wooden ramp, but fails to jump over Russel's stomach and wakes him up, sending Del back into Russel's head and 2D soaring through the air. Russel stands up with money in his ear (which was Del's betting money) while Noodle is grabbing the money that Del dropped. Angry, Russel picks 2D up and tells him that "If you keep doing this, man, I'll be jumping you next time you're asleep," and judges that neither of them "are going to make it."
  • Hey! Our Toys Have Arrived – The band is sitting before their model toys. 2D says that they are useless, saying that his head doesn't wobble like the toy. Russel grabs hold of 2D's neck and shakes it, revealing that it does. Noodle is amazed, while Murdoc encourages him to do it again.
  • The Game of Death – Russel and Noodle spar in a short sequence serving as an obvious homage to the movie Game of Death, with Noodle wearing Bruce Lee's distinctive yellow jumpsuit. When Noodle quickly wins, it is revealed that 2D and Murdoc are using them as video game characters, and Murdoc complains that the Russel character "is rubbish" and that his controller is broken. Then he asks 2D for a rematch.
  • Free Tibet Campaign – In this bit, 2D is sitting in meditation with other Tibetans outside the Chinese embassy in London, in protest at the treatment of Tibetans. At the end of the bite, a message is shown, which states "Free Tibet Campaign stands for the Tibetans' right to determine their own future. It campaigns for an end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and for the Tibetans' fundamental rights to be respected."
  • The Eel – On orders from Russel, 2D tries to prepare an eel for dinner by hitting it with a mallet. The noise awakens Murdoc, who grabs the eel from 2D and goes to "melt its face". Russel comes in asking for the eel, and Murdoc says that it feels 'eel (ill)'.
  • Fancy Dress – The band is taking a Halloween photo. Murdoc focuses the camera on them, and runs back to pose. Russel thinks Murdoc shouldn't go dressing up as a Nazi, because he has an appreciation for clothes.

Release details[edit]

The DVD was released in various countries in November 2002.

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 18 November 2002 Parlophone DVD 490 1310
United States 26 November 2002 Virgin Records DVD 90132
Japan 26 February 2003 Toshiba-EMI DVD


  1. ^ Rob Mitchum (4 February 2003). "Gorilaz: Phase One: Celebrity Take Down". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 23 January 2012.

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