The Meaning of Life (1983) Poster


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Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) (TV Series)
Life of Brian (1979)

Followed by 

Edited into 

The Meaning of Life (1997) (Video Game)
From Spam to Sperm (2000) (TV Movie)
John Cleese's the Meaning of Life (2003) (Video)
fake trailer of the movie
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.

Spun-off from 

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) (TV Series)


The Meaning of Life (1997) (Video Game)
Video game adaptation.


Rashômon (1950)
Rashomon is mentioned as a location in the phony Bible verse read by the schoolmaster.
Ben-Hur (1959)
Replicated the rowing sequence from the 1959 film.
The Sound of Music (1965)
This film is mentioned in the 'Christmas in Heaven' song.
Jaws (1975)
This film is mentioned in the 'Christmas in Heaven' song.
Jaws 2 (1978)
This film is mentioned in the 'Christmas in Heaven' song.
Jaws 3-D (1983)
This film is mentioned in the 'Christmas in Heaven' song.

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Mariette Hartley/Michael Palin (1985) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions the Monty Python movie
What Is Brazil? (1985) (TV Short)
Stand by Me (1986)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Legend of Dinosaurs (1989) (TV Episode)
Crow: "The machine that goes 'ping!'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Moon Zero Two (1990) (TV Episode)
Dr. Forrester & Dr. Erhardt show off their Mr. Creosote toothpaste head.
Growing Pains: Maggie Seaver's: The Meaning of Life (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Guiron (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "It's the thing that goes 'ping!'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "We have the machine that goes 'ping!'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenage Caveman (1991) (TV Episode)
"Quick! Somebody invent the machine that goes *ping*!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenagers from Outer Space (1992) (TV Episode)
Machine that goes ping
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: A pocket-sized machine that goes ping!
Animaniacs: H.M.S. Yakko/Slappy Goes Walnuts/Yakko's Universe Song (1993) (TV Episode)
Yakko's Universe Song is inspired by Eric Idle's Galaxy Song.
Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
One scene mimics the fish sequence of The Meaning of Life.
Not Without My Handbag (1993) (Short)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) (TV Episode)
"The Very Large Corperation of America"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Mrs. Creosote!"
Full Circle with Michael Palin: Vietnam/Philippines (1997) (TV Episode)
While observing psychic surgery in the Philippines, Michael says that it involves "no machines that go 'Ping!'"
Seaman (1999) (Video Game)
fish with human faces
Conker's Bad Fur Day (2001) (Video Game)
Marvin explodes from overeating just like Mr Creosote
3rd Rock from the Sun: Mary Loves Scoochie: Part 2 (2001) (TV Episode)
John Cleese's "Bon appetit" line
Mission Hill: Unemployment: Part 2 (2002) (TV Episode)
Andy mentions it in dialogue
Hansel & Gretel (2002)
After Hansel and Gretel are so stuffed they say they feel like they're going to explode, the witch offers them a "wafer thin mint" - just like the Mr. Creosote scene in "The Meaning of Life".
Iron Maiden: Visions of the Beast (2003) (Video)
video clip "Can I Play With Madness"
Dead Like Me: Reapercussions (2003) (TV Episode)
Discussion about salmon poisoning
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIV (2003) (TV Episode)
Death at the door: "I am Death"
Gilmore Girls: The Festival of Living Art (2003) (TV Episode)
Sookie predicts that rather than giving birth, she will explode like Mr. Creosote.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The whomping willow first loses one leaf, then a second one and then shakes all other leaves at once.
Team America: World Police (2004)
Both movies draw comedy from having an overlong vomiting Scene.
Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) (TV Movie)
The Paradise Club is setted the same as in this movie
Gilmore Girls: But I'm a Gilmore! (2005) (TV Episode)
Paris says, "stop saying the word 'vomiting', unless you want a Mr. Creosote situation on your hands here" in reference to the restaurant scene.
Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann: Episode dated 12 August 2005 (2005) (TV Episode)
Keith mentions the scene in the restaurant where the fish in the tank are talking about the fish on the plate in re his naming the people at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa the Worst Persons in the World for serving sushi at the aquarium.
Inside Spontaneous Human Combustion (2006) (TV Movie)
Bruce mentions Mr. Creosote.
What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
The Supersizers Go...: Edwardian (2007) (TV Episode)
Just before the final canape's are served, one of the sous-chefs quotes the film by saying, "One more wafer thin mint."
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Chuck said "It was just one wafer-thin mint, but I was already so full! Ooh, my stomach... I'll never forgive that waiter!"
Comedy Connections: Ripping Yarns (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Yes Man (2008)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Top Gear: Vietnam Special (2008) (TV Episode)
Clarkson says the sparrow is "wafer thin" in a French accent
Dollhouse: Echoes (2009) (TV Episode)
Topher Brink says that he has 'an entire phalanx of machines that go "PING"'
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Adventures of Mark Twain (2010) (TV Episode)
The "Galaxy Song" plays over the ending credits
The Codes of Gender (2010)
What gender we are born with point
Tron (2010)
The character Castor/Zuse is modeled on Eric Idle's 'Man In Pink' character in the Galaxy Song sequence
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Masters del universo (2011) (TV Episode)
DVD mentioned
Nostalgia Critic: Baby Geniuses (2011) (TV Episode)
Critic calls Dickie, Mr. Creosote's homosexual son.
Carnage (2011)
"Go get a bucket..." and then vomiting ensues.
Monsters University (2013)
The melody of the background music present when Mike first enters the university, particularly notable as he enters his first class, is the same as "Every Sperm is Sacred".
Remember Me (2013) (Video Game)
Both feature The Macine that Goes "Ping!"
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013) (TV Episode)
The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) says, "It's a machine that goes 'ding,'" which references the "machine that goes 'ping'" in "The Meaning of Life."
Barbie: The Pearl Princess (2014) (Video)
Death Appears.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 4 March 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
title "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" mentioned by Mike Greenberg
Eén tegen 100: Episode #14.10 (2014) (TV Episode)
Part of a question
The Boxtrolls (2014)
One character has a comeuppance like Mr. Creosote.
Countdown: Episode #71.105 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Arlene.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.64 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Philosophy" category
Sleepy Hollow: Insatiable (2017) (TV Episode)
Jake refers to the guy who eats everything in sight but dies of malnutrition as going all "one more thin mint" which is a reference to the Mr. Creosote character in this movie
Dietland: Plum Tuckered (2018) (TV Episode)
Plum and Aiden talk about this movie
Car Field Stories (2018) (Short)
"Marching up and down the square"
O Sentido da Vida (2019)
Title inspiration
Memories of 1970-1991: 1983 (TV Episode)
Footage of Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones promoting this at Cannes is shown.


Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) (TV Series)

Featured in 

The Meaning of Monty Python's Meaning of Life (1983) (TV Short)
making of document
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Seriously Funny: An Argument for Comedy (1996) (TV Mini-Series)
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clips shown.
Boob (1999) (Video)
clip shown
The Directors: The Films of Terry Gilliam (2000) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Harold Crick is shown watching part of the infamous "Mr. Creosote" sequence of this movie.
What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Business of Being Born (2008)
Footage shown.
Starz Inside: In the Gutter (2008) (TV Movie)
Clips featured.
De wereld draait door: Episode #4.26 (2008) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
De wereld draait door: Episode #5.53 (2009) (TV Episode)
A fragment featuring John Cleese is shown.
Repo Men (2010)
The Live Organ Transplants scene from this movie is seen playing on TV
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) (Video)
Leslie Bohem mentions it. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Music Movies: Repo: The Genetic Opera (2011) (TV Episode)
A clip from the organ donor scene from "Meaning of life" is shown
Pauw & Witteman: Episode #5.114 (2011) (TV Episode)
A fragment featuring John Cleese is shown.
Breakfast: Episode dated 3 May 2011 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip shown to introduce today's special guest Terry Jones.
Nostalgia Critic: The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (2011) (TV Episode)
The musical number is recalled
De wereld draait door: Episode #7.41 (2011) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
DWDD University (2012) (TV Special)
A fragment is shown.
Brows Held High: Taxidermia: Why Did You Make Me Watch This? (2017) (TV Episode)
compares a character in Taxidermia to Mr. Creosote


Ben-Hur (1959)
galley slaves in the Assurance sketch
Doctor Who (1963) (TV Series)
Eric Idle comes out of a refrigerator dressed as The Doctor to sing The Galaxy Song
Zulu (1964)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Oliver! (1968)
If.... (1968)
The morning address and sermon/class/rugby match sequence parallels scenes and shots from If...

Spoofed in 

National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
Audrey's dream sequence when her stomach expands is the same as the scene with the exploding fat man in Meaning, even has the same music. It's obviously a direct reference.
Family Guy: A Fish Out of Water (2001) (TV Episode)
A man from a sketch in this movie can be seen reciting his lines "I wonder where that fish did go, a fish, a fish, a fishy-oh!"
Good Eats: Shell Game (2004) (TV Episode)
As with Mr. Creosote in the movie, a completely stuffed Martin Moonstone is offered a "wafer-thin mint" (with somewhat less dire consequences).
Flushed Away (2006)
When some of Ritas' siblings jump out of a locker, it's a reference to a scetch in Monty Pythons' The meanng of Life
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Snooty waiter with French accent offers obese person more food.

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