It was an original work, albeit one based on a comic book that Steve Barron had read as a child, and animated by Mike Patterson.
A concept was devised by Steve Barron, based on a comic book he read as a young child featuring "guys racing against each other on motorbikes and sidecars".
A girl reading a comic book in a greasy spoon cafe - played by Bunty Bailey of dance troupe Hot Gossip - is attracted to a sketched version of Harket before she finds herself sucked into the animated world.
The pair are pursued by violent motorcyclists before the singer breaks out of the animation and the pair are finally reunited in the real world.
The band and actors were shot on film before the tapes were handed to Mike Patterson who, over 16 weeks, sketched some 3,000 drawings over individual frames.
"I knew that it was going to look good but I had no idea it was going to be in heavy rotation on MTV for a year," says Patterson, who worked on the video with wife Candace Reckinger.
As seen in the text above, the majority of the film consisted of filmed footage which was then drawn over. You can see an image of the set here: