Behold Terry Gilliam's Amazing Lost Animation Work For Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Terry Gilliam’s fantastical animation work for the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail was already a sight to behold—but we almost got a lot more of it in the actual film. Now 40 years later, an extended cut of mostly-finished animation work, thought lost to time, has been found. And you can watch it all… »10/15/15 10:40am10/15/15 10:40am


Why The Best Post-Apocalyptic Stories Are Usually Kind Of Silly

What do Judge Dredd, Mad Max and Adventure Time all have in common? They’re three of the best post-apocalyptic narratives we’ve ever seen. And they’re all slightly ludicrous, ranging from outright surrealism to mad social satire. In fact, the best post-apocalyptic storytelling is usually kind of ridiculous. »7/17/15 5:07pm7/17/15 5:07pm

Watch a Young Terry Gilliam Explain How He Makes Monty Python Animations

There's a lot to love about vintage Monty Python—dead parrots, silly walks, lumberjacks, killer rabbits—but Terry Gilliam's magic touch with his signature cut-out animations really gave the group a goofball creative edge. In this clip from the early 1970s, a fresh-faced Gilliam (with an incredible 'do) describes his… »7/10/14 6:56pm7/10/14 6:56pm

30 Cult Movies That Absolutely Everybody Must See

A great cult movie is like a weird underground discovery, that feels so strange and wonderful, you suspect that you're the first person ever to appreciate it properly. But certain cult films have acquired fame and influence to rival any blockbuster, and have become part of our shared vocabulary. Here are 30 essential… »3/07/14 2:48pm3/07/14 2:48pm

Eric Idle rewrites Monty Python's "Galaxy Song" to celebrate the wonders of biology

To market the BBC Two series Wonders of Life, hosted by Brian Cox, the BBC got none other than Eric Idle to write and sing new lyrics to "The Galaxy Song" from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. But instead of singing about the massive scale of the universe and humanity's insignificance in it, this time Idle sings… »12/29/12 2:00pm12/29/12 2:00pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Creators Who Became Their Own Genres

Some people don't just create new worlds and super-memorable characters — they give life to their own genres. There are some creators of fantastical stories whose work is so distinctive, you have a pretty good sense what's going to happen when you pick up their work — and you're excited, because it's going to be a… »4/18/12 12:00pm4/18/12 12:00pm

And now, Monty Python's John Cleese on the origins of creativity

This lecture may be from 1991, but the topic is timeless, the discussion is lucid, and it's all delivered by Basil Fawlty himself. Here's 36 minutes of John Cleese discussing the psychology of being creative. Listen to one of the funniest fellows alive talk seriously about how to become more creative, how to spitball… »4/09/12 11:45am4/09/12 11:45am