Trailer for The Beatles Rock Band

The actual game play in the forthcoming game, The Beatles Rock Band, isn’t that impressive to me, but the game’s just-released trailer is beautiful and visually exciting. It was made at Passion Pictures with the Gorillaz crew aboard, including director Pete Candeland and animator Robert Valley. Backgrounds are by Alberto Mielgo. If anybody has full credits, please share.

UPDATE: Download a hi-res version of the commercial HERE!


  • Carlos

    Damnnnn! That was some graceful animation, a real treat to watch.

  • http://jamalotolorin.blogspot.com/ Jamal Otolorin

    This kicks ass on so many levels.
    I dig the whole thing. But Gawd, I love the 2d animation, layout & design in the beginning sequence. Nice work folks : ) More please.

  • http://rockitpack.blogspot.com :: smo ::

    that was amazing

  • http://v-f-h.blogspot.com/ JDW

    Well, I’ll agree, this animated trailer was awesomely beautiful and far more appealing than Yellow Submarine, but the gameplay, in terms of character models and design is a huge step over what Guitar Hero and Rock Band currently offer.

    P.S. Amid, I see you changed your “hardly impresses” comment. What gives?

  • Gobo

    Really fantastic looking. Some of the design elements here carry over to the game itself, which looks top-notch; I’m certainly excited by the gameplay — three-part harmonies! Awesome!

  • http://stephenneary.blogspot.com pizzaforeveryone

    perhaps a yellow submarine relaunch wouldn’t such a horrible idea?

  • http://tonystoons.blogspot.com Tony Claar

    wow….and I mean, WOW! Being a Beatle fan since I was very young, and following ( carefully LISTENING to ) everything they ever did, I am blown away by this fantastic animation. It truly follows in the right spirit of the band; it really rocks, flows, amazes, and glows….congratulations to the superb artists here. As any of the Beatles would most likely say, “Right ON! “

  • Jason

    God that was GREAT. What’s weird is that, some time back, I dreamed I was in Liverpool on a night when the Beatles were performing in The Cavern Club. I’ve never been to Liverpool, never seen any pictures of it, but the scenery in that trailer looks so much like the scenery in my dream it’s downright eerie. Anyway, that trailer is beautiful. Odd choice of songs, perhaps, but visually it…well…rocks. And I too would love to see more of the 2D Beatles featured in it. Man…it’s hard to believe that two of The Boys are gone now…

  • http://amymebberson.blogspot.com Amy Mebberson

    I had to wonder if the Gorillaz guys were involved in this when I saw this. The animation is awesome and totally fitting for the Beatles.

    As a keen Rock Band player and Beatles nut, I cannot WAIT for this to come out.

  • Cyber Fox

    Don’t the let the Green X (X-BOX 360) logo fool you
    The Beatles: Rock Band is NOT a X-BOX 360 exclusive
    It’s releasing on September 9th, 2009 (9-9-09, like Revoultion No. 9 Get It?) for not only the X-BOX 360 but also the Nintendo Wii and the PlayStation 3

  • http://thejack-slashhalen.blogspot.com/ Slash Halen

    This is indeed a huge treat.

    If any of you have played Rock Band 1 or 2, you will know that the animations/graphics/whatever are absolute trash. I swear to god, Rock Band 1 was SOOOO ugly, my eyes melted.

    But they’re still fun games.

  • Jonah Sidhom

    That has got to be one of the best video game trailers ever

  • Mal Evans

    Very well done and with far more fitting production values than in either their Saturday morning series or Yellow Submarine.

  • http://waffyjon.blogspot.com Jon Knutson

    Awesome trailer… better than the one on the website, if you ask me! I would absolutely love it if these guys made a full-length movie that was just animated Beatles performances, especially of songs they never performed live!

  • http://crikeyboy.blogspot.com/ Chris Kennett

    Mind officially “blown”

  • http://ghostbot.blogspot.com roque

    Now THAT’S how you bring back 2D…

  • uli

    Beautiful. Well done Pete and Alberto and the rest of the crew.

  • Isaac

    This is the best animation to have graced a videogame in a long time. Actually, I can’t think of anything that comes close.

    (the in-game footage is standard fare, though)

  • Doofus

    That was INCREDIBLE! These guys are really raising the bar on videogame content. That’s what using videogames as an art form looks like – can’t deny that.

  • http://www.enigmation.de slowtiger

    Nicely done, definitely, especially if one tries to nail down all the sources and influences (See the Dalí in the last sequence? http://www.stedentipsvoortrips.nl/kunsthistorie/surrea2.jpg). But I’m really glad that Yellow Submarine was done the way it was, and not in this 3D-CocaColaAd-heavy-compositing fashion. The first half, however, seems to be a style a feature film could be made in.

  • Martin Bell

    This makes me want to cry with happiness.

  • Randy Koger

    That RULES!

    Beautiful work set to wonderful music.

    Have to agree with Isaac – NOTHING comes close to this.

    Wonderful! Thank you!!

  • Brian

    I want to make something like this one day. My jaw literally dropped after “Here Comes the Sun” started.

  • http://www.sisterson.co.uk Dennis Sisterson

    Fantastic stuff. We have such great animation and design talent in this country it’s a pity someone can’t find the writers and funding to put it to work on a few features.

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marmaladearmy Doug

    This is truly wonderful! I would gladly watch an entire feature done in this manner – taking on the world’s most iconic and talented songwriters and performers in the history of rock/pop music was no easy task I’m sure. It looked like it sprang from The Beatles own imaginations and that is the magic of this animation. Thank you Gorillaz crew!

  • http://scottmorse.blogspot.com Scott Morse

    That makes me want to make things.

  • Iritscen

    Great stuff; if only videogames could look as good as this trailer. For the most part, I think we lost something important when we made the jump to 3D with the 32-bit generation. Forget polys and bump maps and dynamic shadowing, imagine the room in memory for 2D animation on a modern system! Or maybe a really good cel-shader for 3D models (it’s hard to find a genuinely convincing one).

  • http://www.arielvillaverde.com Aerial Flyer

    I LOVE anything Passion pictures does, period.

  • http://www.daganm.blogspot.com Dagan

    Woooooooooow!!!

    What a beautifully designed and animated piece of work… If this doesn’t fuel the fire in your belly to do great work, nuthin’ will.

    Bravo, Passion crew. I don’t think I have ever seen something created there that I didn’t love. But this one piece takes the cake… pure PERFECTION.

  • Sara

    I’ve never owned any of the iterations of Guitar Hero or Rock Band and I don’t really have the space in my living room for a full Rock Band setup. The game itself looks nice, pretty solid 3D video game animation, but nothing mind blowing.

    If the entire game looked like this, however, I would buy it regardless.

  • http://meridiandream.com/ jim m.

    The piece lost me as soon as the camera started moving all over the place, but the 2D animated bits were animated, directed and designed beautifully. Congrats.

  • http://emiliegoulet.blogspot.com/ Emilie

    I couldn’t move. Bravo to the Passion people. This is completely addictive!

    The trailer reminds me more of the show “Love” from Cirque du Soleil than the Yellow Submarine movie though…

    :D thanks! This trailer made my day!

  • Jorge Garrido

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t play video games at all, but this looks so cool that I might buy this game and this game only.

    I only hope the game doesn’t gave too too much of a bias towards the “later” Beatles. My favourite period is their first four album.

    They should at least have the complete “A Hard Days Night” album, if they’re gonna have the complete “Abbey Road.”

    The character models are terrific, but wouldn’t it be cool if you cool unlock the SatAM cartoon models and the yellow submarine models?

  • http://www.cartoonretro.com Shane Glines

    Beautiful! I could see Robert Valley all over this- he consistently blows my mind with his talent.

  • selvagem

    Not sure if the youtube link is broken for anyone else, but here’s another version of it on youtube…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acC-eWX3aLE

  • Peter Chung

    Robert Valley is currently blowing the minds of our crew on Firebreather with his amazing storyboards.
    He’s only getting better all the time.

  • http://jakehatesyou.blogspot.com jake armstrong

    valley/candeland are a really amazing duo. i’m always pretty excited to see what they’re working on.

  • doug holverson

    If The Beatles metaphysical mystique was real…

    I’m groovin’ to that last minute or so. Besides that Yellow Submarine and Dali influence, is anybody who isn’t me seeing a bit of Kroffts too?

  • doug holverson

    Oh yeah, the english garden on top of what I think might be an embellished Ganesha also reminds me of the boat on top of the giant plodding ogre in Time Bandits.

  • Brian Kidd

    I don’t think the gameplay footage is so bad. They’ve done a decent job creating environments, costumes, and hairstyles that go along with concerts and promotional films from the time period. I think the only things that really bother me are the lack of decent lip-sync and a general sense of blandness to the model designs. It’s about what I expected from Rock Band. At least you can do harmonies!

    As for the opening cinematic: gorgeous. I loved every second of it, especially once the animators and designers were able to cut loose during the psychedelic sections. I’d kill to see another animated Beatles film done by this studio. A sequel to YELLOW SUBMARINE would be fantastic. I mean it isn’t as if the Beatles did their own voice work in the original film. Ah well, a Beatle fan can dream.

  • http://v-f-h.blogspot.com/ JDW

    The video link is broken, here’s a new one though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3KitxQJpZk

  • jerome

    The video is available in HD here, for example : http://www.catsuka.com/player.php?id=the_beatles_rock_band_trailer

  • http://www.spiteyourface.com Tony Mines

    Actually crying. the wow

  • GMG

    Full credits from the Passion Pictures site:
    Title: Introduction Cinematic
    Length: 2’34″Client: Harmonix/MTV and Apple Corps
    Product: The Beatles: Rock Band
    Production Co: Passion Pictures
    Writer/Director: Pete Candeland
    Producer: Debbie Crosscup
    Executive Producer: Hugo Sands
    2D Character Design/Development: Rob Valley
    CG Character Design/Development: Ree Treweek [of Shy the Sun]
    2D Animation Director / Layout: Rob Valley
    CG Animation Supervisor: Wes Coman
    Head of CG: Jason Nicolas
    VFX Supervisor: Neil Riley
    Technical Direcor: Julian Hodgson
    Editor: Dan Greenway, Jamie Foord
    Storyboarding: Brendan Houghton, Rob Valley
    Matte Painting / Backgrounds: Alberto Mielgo, Daniel Cacouault, Lukasz Pazera, Jim Bowers, Alan Aldridge
    Key Animators: Rob Valley, Jerry Forder, Pete Dodd, Daryl Graham
    Assistant Supervisor: Dave Burns
    Character Assistants: Alan Henry, Brent Odell, Jay Wren, Mitch Wilmot, Constantinos Demosthenous
    FX Animation: Simon Swales, Jane Wright, Chris Knott
    Toonz: Tim King, Megs Dore
    2D Coordinator: Crystal Crompton
    Animation test check: Tony Clarke
    CG Modelling: Ian Brown, Adam Dewhirst, Cesar Nunes, Mario
    UcciRigging: Chris Dawson, Francois Pons, Julian Hodgson
    Animation CG: Chris Welsby, Vincent Aupetit, Dony Mahmood
    Animation FX: Jamie Franks
    Texture \Lighting\ Rendering: Tommy Andersson, Quentin Vien, Guillaume Cassuto, Claire Michaud, Antoine Moulineau
    Lead Compositing: Johnny Still, Niamh Lines
    Compositing: Stephane Coedel, Ed Salkeld, Lee Gingold, Luke Carpenter
    Directors Assistant: Giles Dill
    Technique and Software: Traditional 2D for the Beatles/Crowd; XSI for CG, AFX/Nuke for CompTelecine: Rushes
    Sound Mix: Giles Martin
    Air Date: Game Launch 09/09/09