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Daft Punk Scores Animated 'Story'
Parisian electronic duo Daft Punk has scored a feature-length film, "Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem."Parisian electronic duo Daft Punk has scored a feature-length film, "Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem." Overseen by Japanese animation legend Leiji Matsumoto and written and scored by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the hour-long "space opera" completes the story begun by the videos of singles "One More Time," "Aerodynamic," "Digital Love," and "Harder Better Faster Stronger."
In those clips, an evil impresario kidnaps and brainwashes an extra-terrestrial rock group, transforms them into prefabricated pop stars, brings them back to Earth, and manipulates them to the top of the charts.
Each "movement" of this silent film is accompanied by a track from the duo's 2001 Virgin album, "Discovery." "The project was born in 2000, when we flew out to Tokyo with an hour of music and our own script," Bangalter says. "Leiji gave us a warm reception, and after listening to the music, he came on board immediately. Three years later, our dream has come true."
Previewed at this year's Cannes Film Festival, "Interstella 5555" was released in 30 French theaters May 28 and has secured cinema distribution in Japan, Russia, Portugal, and the Baltic states. EMI plans to release a DVD of the film in December.