Directed by the late Heath Ledger, Modest Mouse's highly anticipated video for "King Rat" was released Tuesday. The animated look at a world where whales hunt humans is at once entertaining, haunting and mesmerizing, although Ledger tragically died before he could see the final version. All the proceeds from the first month's iTunes downloads will benefit the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a marine-life protection group made famous by its skirmishes with Japanese whaling ships.
The video was fully conceived down to the last detail but unfinished when Heath passed away in January of 2008. In the interest of fully realizing Heath’s final work as a visual artist, THE MASSES (a film and music company which Heath was a partner in) finished the video in his honor, with the support and advocacy of Isaac Brock.
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