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Toons in tune for musical future.

The north-east's very first animated pop group have made their big screen debut on Teesside.

First there were The Archies in 1969, then the Gorillaz in 2001 and now, in 2003, meet the Close-Ups.

The brainchild of Carl Green, the quirky animated band made their cinematic debut at the University of Teesside.

Carl, 43, from Eaglescliffe, created the four-piece band, each with individual names and characters.

In addition, Carl wrote their debut song, "I'm On My Way", devised the video storyline and played guitar, along with local session musicians.

The cartoon group delivered their song in a three-minute video shown at the University's Europa Building in Middlesbrough.

Carl, lead singer of the recently reformed Carl Green and the Scene, said: "I've thought about developing an animated group for some time.

"My initial memories were of The Archies, a completely animated group from the USA, who had a massive number one with 'Sugar Sugar' in 1969. And Damon Albarn from Blur showed with his animated group The Gorillaz there's an appetite from modern audiences for this kind of creation.

"Visually I wanted something that would look like the 70s TV cartoon Wacky Races and Alice in Wonderland, and I'm absolutely thrilled with the end result."

The band's video was co-produced by Siobhan Fenton, senior lecturer in animation at the University of Teesside's School of Computing and Mathematics.

Siobhan said: "The Close-Ups are a quirky pop group, with a style that's both modern and retro."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2003
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