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Monty Python Members Reunite For Chapman Film

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the pining-for-the-fjords dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 55

gregg writes "Monty Python members have reunited to voice a 3D animated film based on the memoirs of the late Graham Chapman. A Liar's Autobiography will feature recordings that Chapman made of his book before his death in 1989. From the article: '[Terry] Jones joked he had "no idea" until recently that Chapman was dead and "thought he was just being lazy". "However, I am now delighted to find myself working with him again on this exciting project," he added.'"

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55 comments

Like Mrs. Premise's cat (2)

dtmos (447842) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615104)

Not quite dead yet ...

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (4, Funny)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615148)

No, he's definitely deceased! He's passed on! He's expired and gone to meet his maker! He's run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible! This is an ex-Python!

Stop that, stop that... (5, Funny)

dorianh49 (988940) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615324)

... much too silly. Right! Now, nobody likes a good laugh more than I do, expect perhaps my wife... and some of her friends. Oh, yes, and Captain Johnson. Come to think of it, most people like a good laugh more than I do, but that's beside the point. Now! Let's have clean, healthy commenting.

Re:Stop that, stop that... (2)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 3 years ago | (#36616042)

In other words:

"And now, for something completely different"

Re:Stop that, stop that... (2)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 3 years ago | (#36617250)

You mention something completely different.

I was introduced to Monty Python by a friend and did not initially understand how passionate he was about them. I came to understand it fairly quickly. It was different, quite different in fact, than American humor at the time. At least to me.

I loved the parts of the shows that I did get to watch, and then of course... the Movie. "It's just a flesh wound", "Holy Hand Grenade", and the difference between an African and European Swallow.

That being said, I think that Chapman was one of the best parts of Yellow Beard and how I remember him the most. Yellow Beard was pretty unusual considering it's cast for such a goofball movie. Madeline Kahn was already well established as an actress with Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder for such silliness, as well as Cleese and Idle, but it also had Peter Boyle (Everybody loves Raymond, Crazy Joe and Young Frankestein), and of course Marty Feldman came along for the ride.

Stranger still it had James Mason and Peter Cook.

Last, but certainly not least..... it had Cheech and Chong in it.

You could not come up with a better movie with an all star cast in it if you tried and with a wonderful topping of Cheech and Chong added to it.

THAT is my best memory of Chapman. I watch that movie at least once a year and still laugh my ass off.

Re:Stop that, stop that... (1)

Paul1969 (1976328) | more than 3 years ago | (#36619038)

"Yellowbeard" is definitely a neglected masterpiece!

"Is that strictly true, sir?"
"That, my boy, is what we in the Royal Navy call... a Lie."

Re:Stop that, stop that... (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#36616220)

John Cleese did it best/a> [youtube.com]

Re:Stop that, stop that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36616990)

Confess! Confess!

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615344)

"If I had not burred him 6 feet underground, he would still be telling jokes to this day! Look, how about an exchange? I'll take back the dead Graham Chapman, and give you a living breathing Steve Martin. He fucked up the Pink Panther and shat all over Peter Sellers but I'm sure he wont do that again. Well, not so soon at least.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615582)

Peter Sellers hated the pink panther movies.

If Steve Martin was cast as the new Chancy Gardner then he would be shitting all over Sellers.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

Baron_Yam (643147) | more than 3 years ago | (#36616698)

Peter Sellers had more than a couple of mental issues. I think his opinion of the Pink Panther movies is irrelevant - they were brilliant within their genre, and that fact is only accentuated by how poor the non-Sellers sequel was back in the day, and how abysmally awful the Steve Martin remake turned out to be.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 3 years ago | (#36617714)

The GGPs comment to which I was responding: 'He fucked up the Pink Panther and shat all over Peter Sellers'

Peter Sellers thought the pink panther movies were shit. It's not a question of if the movies were shit or not but if you can shit all over someone by messing with work they 'phoned in'.

Would you feel shit on if someone did an even worse job on some project you phoned in, but hated.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

Mister Transistor (259842) | more than 2 years ago | (#36619668)

If he phoned it in, then on his worst day, his most half-assed effort was still 300% better than the remakes and sequels without him.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36615488)

He's dead... STONE FUCKING DEAD! Move along... nothing to see here...

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36615572)

Well, I'd better replace it, then.
.
.
Sorry squire, I've had a look 'round the back of the shop, and uh... we're right out of Pythons.
But I've got a couple of Germans.
Listen, tell you what. I'll stick them in women's clothing, teach zem zee properr prronunciation of zee inglisch, and give them a barrel of booze... There you are, a lovely peasant theatre.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#36616056)

No, he's definitely deceased! He's passed on! He's expired and gone to meet his maker! He's run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible! This is an ex-Python!

Nonsense, it's just a flesh wound.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 3 years ago | (#36618860)

I feel happy! I want to go for a walk!

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36615152)

Or Mary, Queen of Scots. Which is now playing on Radio 4, just behind Radio 2.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615244)

he's just playing in the hide and seek olympic final

and winning

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (0)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615474)

what's more impressive is that is above Waldo who is in second and Carmen who is in third.

Of course Dick chenney is in Fourth but we don't talk about him anymore.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36618116)

I don't know, it could be close. It might even be a draw like last time.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

moenoel (1897920) | more than 2 years ago | (#36619902)

That's because he knows how not to be seen.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (2)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615382)

I don't want to go on the cart. I feel happy! I feel happy!

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615630)

For those interested, check out a brief clip from Graham Chapman's funeral [youtube.com] . John Cleese delivers the eulogy, and there's a song at the end (bonus points if you guess what it is without looking).

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 3 years ago | (#36617582)

My guess is: The Lumberjack Song.
[goes off and watches video]http://idle.slashdot.org/story/11/06/29/1845223/Monty-Python-Members-Reunite-For-Chapman-Film#
Oh, bugger.
Well, Always Look On The Bright Side of Life was actually my first guess, but then I thought The Lumberjack Song would be more fun.

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

Radical Moderate (563286) | more than 3 years ago | (#36618084)

Bright Side of Life?

Re:Like Mrs. Premise's cat (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#36626230)

Ding ding ding ding ding, you win!

Eric Idle (2)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615150)

Eric Idle is not involved?? He exploits his Python past more than any of them!

Re:Eric Idle (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615204)

He exploits his Python past more than any of them!

How precisely?

Re:Eric Idle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36615230)

He's the guy that put together the "Spamalot" musical stage show.

Re:Eric Idle (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615440)

Yeah..article said he wasn't involved..wonder why?

Has he had some kind of spat or parting with the others?

Does he not walk sufficiently silly these days?

Re:Eric Idle (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615962)

Yeah..article said he wasn't involved..wonder why?

Has he had some kind of spat or parting with the others?

  Does he not walk sufficiently silly these days?

I was wondering about that too. Based on comments from some of the other Pythons (especially Jones, and to a lesser extent Gilliam) regarding Spamalot it sounds like they are not very impressed with what he did with the Python material. I also got the feeling from the documentary [wikipedia.org] on Monty Python that came out a couple of years ago that he had pretty firmly gone his own way (though they all have to a great extent); he sounded a little pissed off and even on the edge of being unhinged during some of the interviews. I generally liked his work in the past, but his manner in those interviews really left a bad taste in my mouth. Makes me think that there must have been something of a split, though I haven't seen any kind of confirmation of it (well, aside from the fact that he isn't appearing in this film).

Re:Eric Idle (1)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 3 years ago | (#36616256)

(well, aside from the fact that he isn't appearing in this film).

The aptly titled, Sir Not Appearing in this Film???

Re:Eric Idle (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36617358)

There's a dick in every group.

Re:Eric Idle (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 3 years ago | (#36617742)

and a pussy and an asshole.

Sorry, wrong movie.

Re:Eric Idle (1)

malsbert (456063) | more than 3 years ago | (#36616328)

They say news travels slow here on /. in this case they may be right! At least this news is part of the MP entry on Wikipedia :)

In said entry, The editor(s) claims; The filmmakers are "working on" him.

It would be nice if this thing featured the "full Monty".

 

Re:Eric Idle (3, Informative)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615418)

He made a show, called "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python". Need I say more?

Re:Eric Idle (1)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615600)

And he had the "greedy bastard" tour.

Re:Eric Idle (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615736)

Don't forget "The Greedy Bastard Tour", and, of course, Spamalot.

Re:Eric Idle (3, Funny)

Chris Pimlott (16212) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615780)

Say no more, say no more.

Re:Eric Idle (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#36616160)

Eric: You see that house? That is where I was born. My mother said to me, "Eric, the world is a beautiful place, and you must spread joy and contentment everywhere you go". And so I became a comedian... Well, I know it is not a great philosophy but...

Re:Eric Idle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36616378)

He exploits his Python past more than any of them!

How precisely?

Very, very precisely.

Snakes Galore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36616664)

How precisely?

Very, very precisely.

Is that a bit of Black Adder in your Python?

Re:Eric Idle (2)

BobNET (119675) | more than 3 years ago | (#36618528)

Yes, this story should be tagged "!idle" despite being in the idle section.

No Eric? (1)

MechanicJay (1206650) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615162)

I wonder why Eric Idle decided not to join in?

Re:No Eric? (2)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615668)

Hmm. He doesn't seem to have been up to much since 2007, and I know they're all getting up there in years. Mind you, this is pure speculation, but I have to wonder if he's well these days. Maybe he just doesn't feel up to it anymore. It does not, otherwise, seem in character for him to pass up an opportunity to further "exploit Monty Python" (his own words).

Re:No Eric? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36622532)

That's a lot of words to say he's Idle.

Re:No Eric? (1)

wwphx (225607) | about 3 years ago | (#36668644)

2008 he was doing Not The Messiah, He's A Very Naughty Boy. I picked up the DVD and was sadly disappointed. It was amusing, quite amusing in parts, but overall I'd rather watch the movie. IMDB lists it as a 2010 release, so he might have been quite busy with the DVD production. He was always a bit of an outsider even during MPFS production, he was a year behind Cleese and Chapman at Cambridge and didn't really write with them when they were developing sketches for The Circus.

He's pining for the fjords (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36615164)

Here's your money back and a couple of holiday vouchers.

Graham Chapman
Completed.

Re:He's pining for the fjords (1)

boristdog (133725) | more than 2 years ago | (#36623078)

I'm afraid I don't understand your banter.

Could you say it slower?

Re:He's pining for the fjords (1)

wwphx (225607) | about 3 years ago | (#36668598)

What, slow banter?!

One of Only two... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36615220)

...books that have made me physically fall off my chair with laughing. (when they go on the trip to Champagne country.)

Interestingly they already made a film of the other book, never been brave enough to watch it...

Milking this one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36615232)

just a bit [youtube.com] , eh?

Olga (1)

dimethylxanthine (946092) | more than 3 years ago | (#36619094)

Not Olga Chapman? Aww...

Joy (1)

emblemparade (774653) | more than 2 years ago | (#36619880)

There are going to be many sarcastic, witty and plain silly responses to this post. As there should be! I am sure to laugh at many of them. (The Slashdot community can be unimaginative and get-off-my-lawn obtuse at times, but it's always witty and enjoyable.)

But I'd like to be the one that says that this upcoming get-together of the Pythons, in honor of one of them, warms my heart to no end. They were and will be the ideal geeks: smart, non-conformist, funny, and thus happy.

Chapman holds a dear place for being so very gay, so very out, and having such an insightful perspective on British (and global) culture. I salute him with all my hands, and look forward to this salute from his fellow Pythons!

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