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Monty Python’s Graham Chapman’s Life Story Now a Movie With a Trailer

Monty Python member Graham Chapman
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Leave it to the dead member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus to write and star in his own autobiography, for which we’ve now gotten a delightfully weird trailer to go along with the movie’s arrival at the Toronto International Film Festival.

‘A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman’ sort of details the life and career of Chapman, who passed away from cancer in 1989. We say “sort of” because the movie actually consists largely of animation, with 15 different artists contributing 17 different animation styles for what promises to be a trippy experience.

Recordings of Chapman’s voice reading from his 1982 memoir are used in the film, which also reunites surviving Python members John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. There’s no word on a U.S. release, but this would have to be a “must-see” for any fan of the beloved and legendary comedy team.

In the meantime, check out more images from the film at Collider, read the official synopsis below and then watch the trailer. It’s what Graham would have wanted.

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.

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