15 animation firms, including London's Trunk Animation, are working on a film of the late Monty Python-member Graham Chapman’s absurdist memoir A Liar’s Autobiography Volume VI. The film reunites most or all of the legendary Python team in a stereoscopic animated version of Chapman’s autobiography.
"I had no idea until recently that Graham Chapman is in fact dead, I thought he was just being lazy" said Terry Jones. "However I am now delighted to find myself working with him again on this exciting project"
Each of the 15 companies is to create a particular section of the film in their own style so that the completed work has an idiosyncratic look that perfectly mirrors the nature of the memoir.
At Trunk, Jock Mooney is creating the illustrations, Layla Atkinson heading up the animation team and Rok Predin and Alasdair Brotherston compositing the piece, with all four co-directing the section together. Richard Barnett as producer has also been poking his nose in from time to time to keep the show on the road.
Jock Mooney’s characterisations of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, David Frost, and Marty Feldman amongst others will bring to life a part of the film that includes an amusing bicycle ride taken by John and Graham whilst in Ibiza. The section matches Graham’s voice, captured long ago, with John Cleese’s newly recorded dialogue.
The project is the first feature film since Monty Python’s Meaning of Life that the team has worked together on. It is also the first time Trunk has worked using stereoscopic techniques. The film is scheduled for a spring 2012 release in the USA and UK through Epix and Trinity. For more on the film, visit projectchapman3d.com.