Animated Google Doodle honors Freddie Mercury's 65th

Google has been known for some truly fantastic Doodles over the years, and today’s one is no exception to the tradition. If he were alive, legendary Queen front-man and vocalist Freddie Mercury would have celebrated his 65th birthday today, and Google is celebrating this occasion with a fully animated Google Doodle.

Heading to the Google homepage currently shows a collage doodle of Google with Freddie Mercury in the background and a big play button. Simply click the large play button to enjoy the fully animated doodle featuring the 1978 Queen song Don’t Stop Me Now and an animated Mercury. You’ll even see Freddie jump through an 8-bit-styled world, him as a queen in a throne and catch a glimpse of him as he appeared in the iconic I Want To Break Free music video.

Along with the Pacman doodle that everyone enjoyed and the fully playable guitar earlier this year, this would have to be one of the most elaborate and best made Google doodles to date, and a truly special homage to the legendary rock singer. Mercury died a tragic death on November 21, 1991 at just 45 years old; a life unfortunately taken as a result of AIDS but leaving behind a rich and unforgettable rock career. Head to the Google homepage and enjoy the well-made animation in memory.

Update: The Doodle is also available on YouTube for those that cannot see it on the main page:

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Shame...between drugs & unsafe sex, a talented musician is gone, as are so many before him. they have a talent none of us will ever have, but yet they throw it away.

Scorpus said,
I saw it fine on google.com.au and google.com in Australia
google.com.au is the *same* as google Australia. ;-)
Like I said, localized, it's probably the only other international google website that showed this.
And like I said, it's gone [now: Sept 6, 2011, 01:35 UTC (GMT)]. In those time zones [UK, Australia, and whichever other had the FD doodle] it "expired", the "normal" google logo is back. ;-)

Menexenus said,
Someone put a lot of work into that. Wonder how long until Apple sues because its rectangular...

no need

I absolutely love Queen and love Freddie. I only wish I was able to see him perform live, but I would have only been 4 when he died.
Still, I've been to see Queen live twice and I'm going to see We Will Rock You in just over a week. I can't wait!
Happy Birthday, Freddie, 20 years on and you're still sorely missed!

Kushan said,
I absolutely love Queen and love Freddie. I only wish I was able to see him perform live, but I would have only been 4 when he died.
Still, I've been to see Queen live twice and I'm going to see We Will Rock You in just over a week. I can't wait!
Happy Birthday, Freddie, 20 years on and you're still sorely missed!

Yeah I'm a big Queen fan too and this was great. Unfortunately Freddie died before I was born so there was no hope for a live concert attended by me

alexander3133 said,
My connection slow, that's makes me realized that was from youtube!

There is a youtube video of this, but the one on the Google Homepage is, I believe, HTML5.

Not showing for me in the US. 8:35 AM Labor Day morning.

Amazing singer, truly one of the best. Queen was the first concert I ever went to, my parents took me when I was about 4, I guess they could not find a baby sitter or something. Glad they did take me, I actually remember it, and Freddie Mercury pointed me out from the crowd when I was on my dad's shoulders. One of those things you just do not forget, especially since I already enjoyed their music so much. Was at Madison Square Garden, NYC.

DirtyLarry said,
Not showing for me in the US. 8:35 AM Labor Day morning.

Amazing singer, truly one of the best. Queen was the first concert I ever went to, my parents took me when I was about 4, I guess they could not find a baby sitter or something. Glad they did take me, I actually remember it, and Freddie Mercury pointed me out from the crowd when I was on my dad's shoulders. One of those things you just do not forget, especially since I already enjoyed their music so much. Was at Madison Square Garden, NYC.

That's because it's Labour Day, you'll get it tomorrow instead (according to Google).

DirtyLarry said,
my parents took me when I was about 4,..
My son is 4, I just introduced him to the full albums of Jazz, Races and Opera during a road trip a month ago (my truck has MB Quart RSB160s in the back, and 30W RMS outboard, so trust me...sounds excellent back there). His favorite song is Tie Your Mother Down, shouts it out on the first four notes of the intro.

I'm holding off introducing him to Sheer Heart Attack. I dunno why.

Started writing more, but it was gibberish /delled. I should just say 4 years old is the perfect time to love Queen.