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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002)

Documentary about the music group They Might Be Giants.


AJ Schnack
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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


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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 <zimolzak@jcisd.k12.mi.us>

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Documentary | Music


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The documentary shows They Might Be Giants holding a release party for their CD "Mink Car" at a New York City Tower Records store. Left unstated is that this party took place at midnight on September 11th, 2001, slightly less than nine hours before the attacks on the World Trade Center several miles away. 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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Meet James Ensor
Written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh
Performed by They Might Be Giants
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Good, but not great
21 August 2003 | by poinglySee all my reviews

I am a pretty die-hard TMBG fan. I enjoy this movie for that reason, but as a film it was a little lacking. My main complaint was the story telling. Though it did have the beginnings of a nice little story (which is something many documentaries forget to have), it somehow felt glossed over by the end.

I suppose, in part, this is due to a confidentiality agreement with Elektra, which they probably have. That was where much of the conflict lied.

Still, it was entertaining for TMBG fans, but I personally hope the DVD has the entire concert on it, that'd make the purchase worth it's value, well, immensely.

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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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