Animate Chapman exhibition brings live animation to London

The much-delayed animated biopic of the life of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, A Liar's Autobiography, has spawned an exhibition at the BFI Southbank in London in advance of the film's eventual release on February 8.

The Animate Chapman exhibition runs from today until Sunday and features live animation, original artwork from the film and a whole load of silly things. It also features a talk about the film from the reanimated corpse of Graham Chapman himself*.

The film is based on the memoirs of the member of the Monty Python team best known as “the dead one”. The film features 17 different styles of animation, original audio recordings by Chapman and voiceovers from the rest of the Pythons, as well as celebrity cameos.

The animation – much of which was created in stereoscopic 3D – was created by the likes of Arthur Cox, Beakus, Not to Scale Peepshow, Superfad, Trunk and Tundra, and showcases a wide range of styles from stop-motion to CG. It was directed by Bill Jones (son of fellow Python Terry), Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett. The animation was produced by Justin Weyers    

A Liar's Autobiography is in selected cinemas from Feb 8 and will available on DVD and 3D Blu-ray from Feb 18.

* This is, of course, a lie.


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