Watch Never Before Seen Animations from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Fourteen minutes of lost animation from Monty Python and the Holy Grail have resurfaced after sitting in an archive for the last four decades. The forgotten illustrations are the work of the film’s co-director, Terry Gilliam, who went on to direct live-action classics like Brazil(1985) and Time Bandits (1981).
In the commentary for the animation, Gilliam jokingly claims that jealous members of the Monty Python gang, afraid of being overshadowed, surreptitiously cut the footage from the film before its release. Throughout the video, Gilliam’s commentary ranges from charmingly facetious to genuinely informative: he goes on to explain elements of his animation process, as well as the works that inspired his style. [via MentalFloss]
The animation and commentary, which were released in time for the film’s 40th anniversary, are a holy grail for any fans of the British comedy troupe—or animation in general. Check out the video below:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese,Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus between the third and fourth series of their popular BBC television programme Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
In contrast to the group’s first film, And Now for Something Completely Different, a compilation of sketches from the first two television series, Holy Grail was composed of new material, and is therefore considered the first “proper” film by the group. It generally parodies the legend of King Arthur‘s quest to find the Holy Grail. The film was a success on its initial release, and Idle used the film as the inspiration for the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot.
The film was a box-office success, grossing the highest of any British film exhibited in the U.S. in 1975. It has remained popular since then, receiving critical acclaim. The film received a 97% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus; “a cult classic as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous”. In the US, the film was selected as the second best comedy of all time in the ABC special Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time; in the UK, readers of Total Film magazine ranked the film the fifth greatest comedy film of all time, and a similar poll of Channel 4 viewers placed the film sixth (2000)