Musician and activist Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, has released a 2020 reimagination of his 1970's classic ecological anthem, Where Do The Children Play?, with an arresting animated music video created by Chris Hopewell and Black Dog Films.
Fifty years since its release, the song still depicts a chilling reality of the world's disregard for nature and its disastrous implications for our future. Its original release on Tea for the Tillerman, the multi-platinum selling album, made a giant imprint on the consciousness of the seventies generation and is set to do so all over again, this time accompanied by Hopewell's animation, whose previous credits include Radiohead's Burn The Witch.
Hopewell said: "The song has a strong environmental message, so we wanted to make a video that mirrored that. We decided to make the props and scenery from recycled materials wherever possible, to minimise the production impact on the environment. We did a beach clean in South Wales to gather plastic debris and used it to make the ocean you see in the video. Our sea scenes were made from waste plastic washed up on our shores."
All of the sets and practically all props were made from recycled repurposed and up-cycled materials. He adds: "I'd say that 90% of what you see on screen was made from recycled materials, even the rostrum the sets are built on were recycled scaffolding planks and sets painted with paints from a local charity store. All materials used were then re-purposed or recycled when the video was finished. It was a slightly longer process than usual, but fun!"