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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002)

Documentary about the music group They Might Be Giants.

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Gigantic is the story of They Might Be Giants, a unique musical group centered on John Flansburgh and John Linnell. We're introduced to the duo's lyrical and melodic craft when, for example, well-known actors recite Giants lyrics, underscoring the dark words often coupled with bright tunes. We also catch a glimpse of the band's ideas about performance from the blend of footage from concerts, television, music videos, and other media. Running through the whole film is a portrayal of the Johns' friendship and ultimately, their view of the world, which we see in interviews with the Giants themselves, their colleagues, and their fans. Written by Andy Zimolzak <zimolzak@jcisd.k12.mi.us>

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$6,411 (USA) (23 May 2003)

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$160,621 (USA) (3 October 2003)
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Annette O'Toole narrates a letter in the film during one of the film's "history" sequences, and did the research herself. She had been out of town filming Smallville (2001) when the director came to film her husband, Michael McKean. See more »

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John Linnell: We ARE the shitty Beatles.
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Spoofs The Civil War (1990) See more »

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Lie Still, Little Bottle
Written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh
Performed by They Might Be Giants
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Pretty good if you are a fan
18 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure how this would play to someone who doesn't really love the band. The documentary really plays them up to be a big part of musical evolution, and perhaps they are, but I don't really see it that way. I remember seeing their videos on MTV and Nickelodeon, but it wasn't exactly like they were in heavy rotation. Ditto for the radio. I'm not sure that the doc would have held my interest if I wasn't already interested.

Having said that, I really liked this film. It's often times funny, and you really get a good sense for the two Johns, even if you don't really learn that much about them. It seems to me that this film could easily be twice the length. I would love to know more on every topic they touch on. It kind of feels like this is more of a movie to explain all of the weirdness that surrounds this band rather than documenting forward progress, but it is that very weirdness that is so intriguing. Learning the origins of the Stick and Dial-a-Song is great.

The one thing that I really don't like is the celebrities reading the song lyrics. It's just cheesy and boring. It really does nothing for the film.


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