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A bizarre comedy short by Terry Gilliam telling various absurdly comic stories.

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This three-segment short accompanied Gilliam's Jabberwocky (1977) upon its re-release to theaters in 2001. See more »

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Narrator: Don loved being the cockroach.
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If you try hard to understand it, you'll never get it...
8 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Terry Gilliam's animations often make people's heads ache or even explode. That's because the natural human reaction to them is to try to make sense of it all...but DON'T. This can be very dangerous or at least lead to your mistaken believe that "this stuff ain't funny". No, to truly enjoy Gilliam's anarchic artwork, you need to see it and NEVER question it or think about it--just accept this free-flowing cartoon for what it is...totally crazy and screwy (you wonder what Gilliam's childhood was like). When I was a kid and watched "Monty Python's Flying Circus", I remember my parents coming into the room and seeing one of these animated shorts playing and their usual reaction was "they are DEFINITELY on drugs". But, oddly, Gilliam and other Pythons were NOT on drugs--they were just seriously disturbed...in a good way. I love the stuff but can certainly understand why many of our overly serious and uptight individuals don't like the cartoons--they are an acquired taste.

As for STORYTIME, it's a very funny but strange film, as it just meanders about for nine minutes--and anyone looking for a deeper message or coherent narrative will be greatly disappointed. However, just watch and enjoy. This is especially important for the first quarter of the film, as this cockroach story isn't all that funny. Keep watching....seriously, you guys. Like many of Gilliam's cartoons, it changes directions several times. Ultimately, the film ends with a cartoon that appears to be earlier than Gilliam's other work because of its black and white art style. This is the best part...hold on and relax...and enjoy the strangest and funniest stuff which was saved for last. Again and again, I found myself laughing out loud and loved the insane antics of these Christmas cards running amok--in a style only Gilliam could have created. GRRREAT stuff!!


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