Saturday, 8 September 2012

Python Fans Get Ready: First Trailer for A Liar's Autobiography

Fans of Monty Python are in for a treat in the near future,  A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, a Python-based animated film, is almost here! The film is being produced by London-based Bill and Ben Productions, and was animated in 17 different styles by 14 different companies (including A for Animation).

The film is based on late-great Python Graham Chapman's (untrue) memoirs, A Liar's Autobiography (Volume VI), and features Chapman's reading of the book, recorded before his death in 1989. Though not a Monty Python film, A Liar's Autobiography does feature the voices John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam (but not Eric Idle).

A cacophony of randomness, quirkiness and not appropriate for children-ness, the first trailer (above) for the film looks great! Funny, striking and moving in places, A Liar's Autobiography looks to be a whole lot of fun.

A Liar's Autobiography will premiere at TIFF this weekend and will air in the US, on EPIX, later this year, before a limited 3D theatrical release, starting 2nd November. The film, made by a British studio about a British comedian, will then be released in the UK early next year, by Trinity.

You can check out the film's synopsis after the jump break!

Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as 'the dead one from Monty Python', writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar's Autobiography -- and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman's voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests.

Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY is Chapman's own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge, bringing Chapman back to life in an ingenious tour de force of animation, told through 17 different animation styles from 14 different animators.

Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True? Who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman "a freeloading bastard". Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, Palin, and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title -- the most prolific corpse since Elvis.

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