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Documentary about the music group They Might Be Giants.


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Credited cast:
John Linnell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Patrick Dillett ...
Himself (as Pat Dillett)
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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 <>

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Documentary | Music





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10 March 2002 (USA)  »

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


$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 »


Ira Glass: How sad for them that they're actually in the band. And so for them to hear that sound they actually have to make it themselves.
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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Man, It's So Loud In Here
Written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh
Performed by They Might Be Giants
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If only it could have been longer!
28 June 2003 | by (St. Louis, MO USA) – See all my reviews

For fans of TMBG, the only problem with this movie was that it was just too short!

The recitations of TMBG lyrics by actors such as Andy Richter and Michael McKean were quite unexpected, but an interesting way to show what the director felt was the poignancy of the TMBG lyrics. I know in my case, I found the music so catchy when I first began to listen to TMBG, it took me a long time to realize just how different the lyrics are.

For those who enjoy indie groups, and are open to anything that isn't mainstream, this is a great movie to get an overview of TMBG. While it is a documentary on the band, it is not just a run of the mill biography. In fact, due to time constraints, some of the band's history is glazed over. The two stories vying for time are the production of the 2001 album "Mink Car" and the (then) 18 year history of the band. Thus, there isn't a whole lot of in-depth history telling here.

However, mainstream entertainment lovers might want to pass on this film. If you think that "Istanbul" was the only legitimate work TMBG has ever performed, don't "waste" your money - go see the latest action movie on the big screen. But, if you ever really liked to listen to a TMBG album, come back into the fold, and watch "Gigantic"

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