Terry Gilliam’s “The Christmas Card”

Prior to the formation of the Monty Python troupe, members Eric Idle; Terry Jones and Michael Palin were involved with a British children’s show called Do Not Adjust Your Set. The show was full of proto-Python surreal comedy and towards the end of the series run, a young unknown American animator, and future Python, Terry Gilliam was brought on board to add bizarre animated sequences. These sequences are similar in style to the ones Gilliam would do as a member of the Pythons.

The most famous of these animated bits was one titled “The Christmas Card.” This bit features classic Christmas cards running amok with hilarity ensuing. Gilliam would later reuse a few ideas from this sequence for the Monty Python’s Flying Circus tv show.

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