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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002)

Documentary about the music group They Might Be Giants.


AJ Schnack
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Credited cast:
John Flansburgh ... Self
John Linnell ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gina Arnold Gina Arnold ... Self
Michael Azerrad Michael Azerrad ... Self
Adam Bernstein ... Self
David Bither David Bither ... Self
Frank Black ... Self
Linwood Boomer ... Self
Brian Cohen Brian Cohen ... Self
Patrick Dillett Patrick Dillett ... Self (as Pat Dillett)
Sue Drew Sue Drew ... Self
Dave Eggers ... Self
Jake Fogelnest ... Self
Joe Franklin Joe Franklin ... Self
Janeane Garofalo ... Self


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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A great film
14 August 2003 | by crogmanSee all my reviews

Ignore the comments about this being boring. This is a documentary and I suspect that they find all documentaries uninteresting. I know several people who saw this movie, own no TMBG albums, and are now big fans.

This film repeatedly made an audience of a few hundred laugh and inspired me to dig out some of my old tapes. The interviews are far more insightful than the usual rockumentary and leave you feeling like you'd like to hang out with those guys.

Some material is taken from a This American Life piece on the band. If you don't get a chance to see the film, at least listen to the 15 minute interview on ThisAmericanLife.org.

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10 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Гиганты: История двух Джонов See more »


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$6,411, 26 May 2003

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