Though he has been an ex-Python and former living person since 1989, the surviving members of the Monty Python team have always tried to include Graham Chapman in appearances – even if it means spilling an urn full of his “ashes” during events. But now the comedy genius is getting a proper tribute in the form of an animated film based on his reading of his memoirs. The first trailer for A Liar's Autobiography has arrived courtesy of the Pythons’ own YouTube channel and can be watched below. But be careful: it’s very silly.
Chapman chronicled his life and work (and included a lot of porkies and comedy moments) in his memoir A Liar’s Autobiography: Volume VI. While the book was published in 1980, the recordings of Chapman reading it have more recently been unearthed. Now Terry Jones’ son Bill has roped in most of his former work / playmates for an ambitious animated outing that uses the talents of 14 different companies to craft various chapters in different styles. It’s not a documentary and shouldn’t, according to the movie's blurb, be treated as a Python film. It is, instead, “Chapman's own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge, bringing Chapman back to life in an ingenious tour de force of animation.”
The plan is to release the film in the UK in early 2013, though select US theatres and subscribers to EPIX will get it on November 2 this year.