A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
EXEC PRODS Mark Sandell, Meyer Shwarzstein
PRODS Bill Jones, Ben Timlett
SCR Graham Chapman, David Sherlock
ANIM James Harvey, Eric G. Thivierge, Justin Weyers, Jordan Wood
MUS Bill Jones
MUS John Greswell, Christopher Murphy Taylor
PROD CO Bill and Ben Productions
Ready for something completely different? In the spirit of the late Graham Chapman’s five-author, highly fictionalized autobiography, this carnivalesque adaptation combines the talents of three directors—Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson—and 15 animation studios, each employing a different stylistic approach to the source material. Chapman’s characteristically wry audio recordings of his memoir give voice to his myriad avatars as they guide us through the seminal moments of his always colourful, occasionally debauched life. Furthermore, former Monty Python compatriots John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam band together for the first time in a decade to lend their vocal talents and pay irreverent tribute to "the dead one."
And while the veracity of some of the facts presented here are certainly open to debate, there’s no questioning the sensibility that guides this deliriously absurd affair. When delivering the eulogy at Chapman’s funeral in 1989, Cleese cheekily derided him as a "freeloading bastard" before explaining, "The reason I feel I should say this is he would never forgive me if I didn’t… If I threw away this glorious opportunity to shock you all on his behalf. Anything for him, but mindless good taste."
Well, rest assured… Chapman will undoubtedly be looking on from the great beyond—through 3D glasses no doubt—and taking perverse delight at the show-stopping, eye-popping rendition of "Sit on My Face" that’s unveiled here…