The deadly joke that is used to kill Germans in World War II is translated to this in plain language: "If that is git only stucco and Slotermeyer? Yes! Celebration dog that or the Flipperwaldt gersput!"
When Terry Gilliam asked British animation legend Bob Godfrey if he could use his camera to recreate his animated sequences for the movie, Godfrey didn't know who Gilliam was and told him to "bugger off". Later, Godfrey found out that Gilliam was a member of the Monty Python team and helped him complete the sequences for the movie.
Dual currency is shown during the film (as seen on the supermarket adverts - 9np or 1/9). This was common for UK films of the early seventies as the country was decimalising its currency from pounds, shillings and pence (20 shillings to the pound, 12d (pence or pennies) to the shilling) to pounds and what were at the time referred to as 'new pence' (100p to the pound).
The movie was filmed between the first and second seasons of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). This feature film contains several sketches that had been written for the second season but not as yet performed, including the "Hungarian Phrasebook" sketch.
Debut theatrical feature film of English comedy ensemble Monty Python. This cinema movie was intended to introduce American audiences to Monty Python's comedy, but ironically, it did far better business in Britain, where viewers had already seen the movie's sketches on Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).
According to Terry Gilliam, executive producer Victor Lownes, who primarily represented Playboy magazine (which funded the movie), insisted on getting an animated credit equal in size to those of the group members.
An obstacle course in the "Upper Class Twit of the Year" scene has the competitors jumping over matchboxes. Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith is the only one who "refuses" (doesn't jump). In the series, Nigel Incubator-Jones was the one to refuse.
On British television, it was called "And Now For Something Completely Different". It was considered by viewers and critics as "something different"....something completely different, in fact, to the point where this Columbia Pictures' film version, And Now for Something Completely Different (1971), was as joyously anarchic as its television original.
The movie's humor reminded producer Patricia Casey of the Keystone Kops: no holds barred, outrageous, preposterous, daredevil, zany, violent fun. Casey said: "It's the kind of thing the English do very well". They're so free, they create a fantastic situation, inject a few serious home truths about sex or pompous attitudes, then tear it down." Producer Patricia Casey, aka Pat Casey, was an American citizen footloose in London and had the time of her life making this movie: "We've nothing to compare with it in the States. It's so brilliantly 'visual' that anybody who enjoys laughing, anywhere in the world, will appreciate it".
Between some of the sketch segments in the movie, the announcer (John Cleese) appears briefly saying the recurring line of dialogue, "and now for something completely different", which is the same as the film' s And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) title.
According to an article by John Ezard published in London's The Guardian newspaper on Saturday 8th October 2005, "the line 'And now for something completely different', usually attributed to Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969), was coined with perfect seriousness by someone completely different - the late Christopher Trace, founder-presenter of Blue Peter".