When we first got word ofan animated movie based on the life (or something like it) of Monty Python's Flying Circus cast member Graham Chapman
, we were a little freaked out. The venture, based on the deceased Chapman's own hyperbolicA Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI
, is an animated feature, and instead of using a Chapman sound-a-like to voice his parts, the film uses recordings of Chapman's own voice, recorded before is death in 1989. In one scene, we see Chapman and fellow Python John Cleese chatting on bicycles. It sounds, well, weird.
Then, we started to get excited. Keep in mind, this is the crew that accidentally kicked over an urn containing Chapman's "ashes" during an appearance at the Aspen Fine Arts Festival in 1998. Maybe it seemed a little insensitive, but to folks who love Python, we know Chapman would have loved it. As for the film, which has 15 animation companies working on different "chapters" in the comedian's life, it includes (so far) vocal appearances from fellow Pythons Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam. We're still waiting to hear about Eric "Nudge Nudge" Idle.
Until then, let's have a look at some of Chapman's greatest moments from his Monty Python days.
The CID Song
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