Few could argue that Graham Chapman is a comedy genius, so funny in fact he is capable of causing fits of painful laughter without actually doing anything at all! Known these days as “The Dead One” from those lovely Monty Python lads, Graham Chapman had a bizarre and troubled life both on and off screen, and the sorely missed comedian will finally have another chance to shine as a brand new documentary is about to be released.
Chapman himself has said “this is the best thing I have been in since I died”, and judging by the newly released trailer, A Liars Autobiography looks impressive stuff. Made up of 17 different animation styles from 15 different animators, the film features not only Chapman (who writes and stars!!!), but also the whole of the Python bunch: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Sadly it does not appear that Eric Idle is involved. However, this will be a must for all Python fans, and I for one cannot wait. The full synopsis and trailer were both revealed yesterday, and we have them both right here for you!
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. He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided he was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films, he had some sex (actually, a lot), and moved to Los Angeles. Finally, he was whisked up into space by aliens (although that might have been in a film).
Featuring recordings of Chapman that he made of his book in 1982 and matched with recorded sound from present, the film reunites members of the Monty Python troupe and brings Chapman back to life in a tour de force of animation through 17 different animation styles from 15 different animators.
By Matt Wavish