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Monkey's world

Backdrop from BBC Sport's Monkey animation

Monkey's creators have given him a series of spectacular backdrops in wild China as he makes his way to Beijing for the Games

Backdrop from BBC Sport's Monkey animation

Monkey, the creation of Gorillaz duo Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, makes the trip alongside friends Pigsy and Sandy

Backdrop from BBC Sport's Monkey animation

The story is based on the classical Chinese novel "Journey to the West", written in the late 16th century

Backdrop from BBC Sport's Monkey animation

In the novel, a Buddhist monk makes a pilgrimage to India accompanied by three disciples, including a monkey

Backdrop from BBC Sport's Monkey animation

In BBC Sport's story, Monkey and friends have to use Olympic disciplines to battle opponents on the way to Beijing

Backdrop from BBC Sport's Monkey animation

"It's a little bit different and hopefully it'll capture the essence of what we think the Olympics is all about," says BBC Sport's Jonathan Bramley

Backdrop from BBC Sport's Monkey animation

The animation is accompanied by music "with a good, classical Chinese element to it and a modern feel", according to Bramley

Backdrop from BBC Sport's Monkey animation

Lyrics in the theme include "Overcome fear / In order to achieve / For hope and for honour / The beautiful dream / The soul becomes one / This is the quest"




see also
Meet Monkey and friends
15 Jul 08 |  Olympics


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