And Now for Something Completely Enjoyable, Courtesy of a Young Terry Gilliam

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Terry Gilliam’s latest, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, debuted in limited release last week to sterling box office, and it will be expanding soon across the country. This should come as a huge relief to Gilliam himself, who recently confessed to us that he always worries about becoming cynical and losing his drive. In honor of Parnassus’s release — and also because we could all use some poisoned Christmas cards right about now — we offer up the director’s first short animated film, a hilarious and surreal three-part wonder from 1968 called Storytime. It will no doubt remind viewers of the elaborately absurdist animated shorts Gilliam would create for Monty Python’s Flying Circus starting the following year. It also appears to be the source of one of the most famous gags from 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail.