Google is celebrating what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday on Monday with its second longest Google Doodle to date on the web giant’s homepage.
The 98-second-long animation shows the lead singer of the British rock band Queen navigating through a crazy world inspired by his own lyrics. In one scene that looks like an old-school video game, Mercury bounces off clouds, flies on a tiger and shoots at aliens from a spaceship, all to his 1978 hit song “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
Jennifer Hom, who led the Doodle team in both ideas and Freddie fandom, says she and her colleagues spent about three months listening to Queen records to formulate their ideas and create an animation “just as colorful” as its subject.
Doodle designer Ryan Germick added: “The video has a lot of fun, goofy stuff to celebrate what an incredible song writer, fashion icon, and musical innovator he was.”
Queen guitarist Brian May, writing on a special Google blog, said: “Freddie would have been 65 this year, and even though physically he is not here, his presence seems more potent than ever.”
He continues: “Freddie made the last person at the back of the furthest stand in a stadium feel that he was connected. He gave people proof that a man could achieve his dreams.”
“Some people imagine Freddie as the fiery, difficult diva who required everyone around him to compromise. No. In our world, as four artists attempting to paint on the same canvas, Freddie was always the one who could find the compromise — the way to pull it through.” he added.
“If he found himself at odds with any one of us, he would quickly dispel the cloud with a generous gesture, a wisecrack or an impromptu present,” May wrote.
Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Balsara to Parsi parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara in Zanzibar. He schooled at St Peter’s boarding school in Panchgani, Maharashtra. He reportedly performed for the first time on stage there.
Freddie Mercury shot to fame as the lead vocalist of rock band Queen. He is remembered for all-time hits such as ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Somebody to Love.’
Mercury endured a lengthy battle with HIV before his death in 1991 at the age of 45. Mercury’s death led to the establishment of the Freddie Mercury Phoenix Trust, which is also honoring the singer’s birthday by hosting its annual “Freddie for a Day” – part of its fund-raising efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS. [via Google Blog]