The surviving members of the pioneering British comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus are set to announce a reunion this week via a press conference on Thursday, November 21st. And in the typical Python fashion of unpredictability, there’s no leak or tease on just what this reunion is going to entail. No matter what form of media it finally manifests itself as, it’s probable that it’s going to be met with a lot of success and adoration by Python’s rabid fans, some who have been following the comedy ensemble and its individual members since 1969, when Monty Python’s Flying Circus originally aired on BBC-TV.
That show broke every single rule of conventionality that was affixed to the “rules of comedy” and presented sketches in bizarre manners in which sometimes abruptly ended, had no middle, no end, no theme, sometimes engaging in slapstick or broad comedy, witty repartee and banter, visual gags which ran the gamut, it was almost as if the program and the men who created/wrote and performed in it, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and the late Graham Chapman were hell bent on presenting an A to Z of comedy styles, and then decimating it with their own flamethrower styles.
These days, movie studios are under the assumption that for their film to draw in audiences, their movie trailers have to be filled with that ominous BRRAAAAHHHMM! sound, made so popular thanks to its overuse in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
So, how would the trailer of an older movie come across to today’s audiences if it were recut to appeal to this modern assumption?
Check out the video here below for a trailer for 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a feature-lengthy comedy by the Monty Python troop, created to make the film come across as a 2013 tragic and epic blockbuster.
Recently we saw a musical trailer for the upcoming Disney animated flick Planes, which is a spinoff to Pixar’s Cars franchise. Now comes a more traditional trailer, which includes a glimpse at the underdog storyline involving the little crop dusting plane that could (voiced by Dane Cook)—who also happens to be afraid of heights—in the race of his life, and a listen to some of the movie’s voice acting.
Before you get too excited, no, Monty Python is not officially reuniting for some more Flying Circus action. It does appear, however, that the remaining members of the legendary comedy troupe will once again be combining their talents for an upcoming movie titled Absolutely Anything, which is set to be directed by Pythoner Terry Jones.
The movie will be a sci-fi comedy that combines live action and CGI. It tells the story of a group of aliens who choose a human to give the incredible power to do, well…quite literally absolutely anything just to see how badly they mess things up with their new abilities. At the moment, other Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin have all agreed to take part, and producers are currently talking to Eric Idle about joining. And who will the gang play? You guessed it, they’ll be voicing the aliens who give the human this power.
Winnie the Pooh Written by Burny Mattinson
Based on the characters by A.A. Milne
Featuring the voices of John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Jim Cummings
Release Date: July 15, 2011
If you are tired of seeing a summer blockbuster involving superheroes, wizards, or transforming robots, perhaps a trip through the Hundred Acre Wood would do you some good. For the first time in six years, Winnie the Pooh returns to the big screen in a brand new feature from Disney Pictures simply titled Winnie the Pooh.
Pooh’s friend Eeyore’s tail has gone missing and it is up to Pooh to find it. Pooh discovers soon that a tail is not the only thing that is missing. It seems his human friend Christopher Robin has also disappeared, leaving a curious note behind. Where has Christopher gone? Does it have anything to do with Eeyore’s missing tail? And who or what is a “Backson?”
The film, which is based off of three Pooh stories written by creator A.A. Milne, doesn’t try hard to reinvent the wheel. The characters are not rebooted or remade for the new generation. Its sole purpose is to tell an entertaining, by the book story about Winnie the Pooh and accomplishes this task with flying colors.