The Monty Python comedy troupe dug deep into its closet to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Monty Python & the Holy Grail” and came up with lost animation footage that had been deleted from the film. And thanks to the magic of the Internet, the long-lost artwork is now available to surprise and delight fans.
The footage — which is accompanied by narration from Python member Terry Gilliam, who created the excised animation — is replete with typical Monty Python zaniness, including a giant bearded snail, a many-eyed beast and a horn section playing their instruments through their rectums.
But in addition to the previously unseen animation, the video offers other revelations. Such as Gilliam’s remembrance that the artwork was inspired by a book of old doodles that monks scribbled in the margins of their bibles.