Google has revealed a new homepage doodle which celebrates the birthday of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, an ambitious multimedia animation that sees the flamboyant entertainer – who would have been 65 this year – navigate the lyrics of his hit “Don’t Stop Me Now.” The 1:39 long piece sees Mercury straddling an 8-bit tiger, blasting alien spaceships with a rainbow Google-ray, and riding a float pulled by mustachioed bears.
The doodle – which will be shown internationally today, September 5, and on the 6th in the USA out of deference to Labor Day – apparently took around three months to create, according to lead animator Jennifer Hom. “My obsession with Freddie Mercury affected everyone else around me” Hom told NBC. “Considering how colorful Freddie’s career was, we wanted to create a doodle that was just as colorful.”
Meanwhile, Queen guitarist Brian May has written Google a Mercury birthday piece. If you can’t see the doodle on the homepage, you can watch the full video below.