Director: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett

85 minutes, U.K., 2012, Colour, D-Cinema

Subtitled ‘The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman’, this animated feature is anything but a standard biopic. Using Chapman’s 1980 audiobook recording of his unconventional memoir to tell his story in his own voice, it draws on the work of no less than 15 different animation studios to bring to life the troubled performer’s personal journey from English suburbia to the bright lights of stardom, taking in his closeted sexuality and alcohol problems along the way.

The film’s madcap leaps in tone and logic evidently spark reminders of the original Python TV series, but that’s where comparisons should end, since the myriad graphic artists involved have obviously been under instructions to sidestep the absurdist Terry Gilliam cut-out stylings of yesteryear. True, the results are variable, but they’re far from predictable and certainly enshrine Chapman’s own combative attitudes to complacent good taste. Contributions from Messrs. Cleese, Palin, and Jones add a further stamp of authenticity to this enterprising addendum to the official Python legacy. (Notes By Trevor Johnson.)

Note: there will be 2D screenings of this film throughout February.

3D screenings incur a €1 supplement charge.


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