In January 2007, Heath Ledger approached Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock with a proposition: He wanted to direct a video for their song, "King Rat," which at the time was still unreleased. Ledger wanted to use the video to speak out against illegal whale hunting off the coast of his native Australia.
When Ledger died in January 2008, the video was left unfinished, though extensively planned, so Brock joined forces with film company The Masses to complete it. Today, the finished animated video was released on MySpace Music, and it will be available for download on iTunes. Proceeds from iTunes purchases will go to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
The video comes on the same release date as Modest Mouse's new EP of collected released and unreleased songs from the past four years, No One's First, and You're Next.
Watch the "King Rat" video here.
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