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A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

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An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself / Narrator (voice)
Himself / Exploding Don / David Frost (voice)
Himself / Graham's Mother / Biggles / Anatomy Don / Enormous Peter (voice)
Himself / Graham's Father / Interview Don #1 / Hibbern / Queen Mother (voice)
Interview Don #2 / Dr One Across / Pilot / Aleister Crowley / Jose (voice)
Masseuse / Singing Telegram / Stewardess (voice)
David Sherlock (voice)
Oscar Wilde (voice)
Rob Buckman ...
Jamielisa Jacquemin ...
Diana Kent ...
Uncle Lloyd (voice)
Peter Dickson ...
Margarita Doyle ...
Vomiting Sylvia Krystel (voice)


An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Still Dead, And Now in 3D


Animation | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and crude sexual content including graphic animated sequences, language and some violent images | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 February 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Autobiografía de un mentiroso  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,102 (USA) (2 November 2012)


$5,102 (USA) (2 November 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Graham is advised by (top British royal) The Queen Mother to go on a tour of New Zealand while at medical college actually happened in real life. Animators drawing the sequence showed the Queen Mum wearing a wide hat and pale green dress. Subsequently, home movie footage emerged of her visit taken by Graham on the day, in which the Queen Mum is seen wearing an uncannily similar wide hat and pale green dress. The footage appears in the documentary which accompanies the film, called 'Anatomy of a Liar'. See more »


Sigmund Freud's name is misspelled as "Seigmund Freud" in the opening title sequence and closing credits. See more »


References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »


Medical Love Song
Written by Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Eric Idle
Performed by Graham Chapman
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31 January 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Graham Chapman was erratic, flamboyant and, so close friends attest, somewhat unknowable. Before his death in 1989, The comic and Monty Python member completed a bizarre book full of his singular humour, formative experiences recounted in typically skewed fashion, surreal fabrications, and hints towards his struggle with alcohol (he was known to drink several pints of gin daily).

As animation producer Justin Weyers disclosed during the aforementioned workshop, the production team, headed by directors Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett, required a certain scope and diverse approach to do justice to the subject matter. What resulted is a patchwork of various animation methods from fourteen different creative teams, helped along the way by vocal contributions from the Pythons, and sewn together with occasional film and interview clips.

The film leaps briskly between animation methods, including cell techniques and stop motion, all converted into stereoscopic 3D. This may sound a jarring and disparate visual style, and it sometimes is. But the piece is helped enormously by the audio narration Chapman recorded of his book, which ties the threads together and drives the whole thing along. There is a clear standout aesthetic, achieved by oil painting every frame onto glass. Wielding rich, textured results, this visual style illustrates the darkest portion of the film, concerning Chapman's attempts to confront his alcoholism. These scenes were so striking it's almost a shame when the section utilising this method drew to a close, other animation styles seeming comparatively flat.

Other highlights arrive in the form of recounted Python meetings in which the comics are for some reason reimagined as monkeys, comically graphic sex scenes, and surreal flights which variously find the comedian wandering around space, and sipping spirits with the Queen. There's an evident attention to craft throughout.

As to be expected from this sort of project, there are sections which don't work as well as others. A stern talking to from a stop motion Sigmund Freud, voiced by Cameron Diaz (who else), is a disappointingly dry episode. On the whole, this is a camp and absurd, sensitively crafted film, at turns irritating, but ceaselessly creative; a fitting tribute to an unpredictable, distinct talent.

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