1975 cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail is beloved by viewers for its off-the-wall humor and ridiculous quotability (“What’s the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” “African or European?”). Thanks to a find by archivists, now there’s more than there was before. While researching for material for the release of the 40th-anniversary Blu-Ray/DVD, diligent archivists found lost animation of Terry Gilliam.
This animation was edited out of the film’s final edition, Gilliam says in the clip, below, “by the rather envious members of the group who were trying to restrain a young talented animator, a man who could have gone on to be a great animator, but no, was forced into live-action filmmaking to cover the scars.”
According to Gilliam, most of the animations, even the crude ones, are based on medieval marginalia: notes and images written in the margins of manuscripts. Although Gilliam did the actual animation, he points out the original artwork was done by his assistants, Katie Hepburn and Lucinda Cowell.
It’s new and familiar at the same time. Check it out.
Seen the movie too many times to count? For something not completely different, you could always attend the play based on the movie, Spamalot.