Moviedrome Mondays: Jabberwocky (1977)

I will post a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s intro to former Monty Python animator/member Terry Gilliam’s first solo outing as a director in 1977 entitled Jabberwocky at the end of this blog entry. Terry Gilliam’s first film as a director was with Terry Jones two years earlier with 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You can read his transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 14, 1989 (read here). I can’t really tell what Cox thinks of the film since his intro consists only of his recitation of legendary British children’s author Lewis Carroll’s (1832-1898) nonsensical poem of the same name that first appeared in his 1871 novel Through the Looking Glass (read here, here and here). As for myself, compared to Holy Grail, Jabberwocky is only half as funny as it should be. Nevertheless, as a whole, it is very creative for a fantasy comedy shot on a tiny budget and as with Holy Grail, Jabberwocky contains a fair share of gory sequences welcomely played for comedic effect. If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Terry Gilliam films, read here.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Jabberwocky

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer


10 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Jabberwocky (1977)

  1. Did you ever watch the TV series of ‘Monty Python’ that spawned the later films? I was a huge fan of it, but never really felt the films worked. The short-sketch sequences didn’t translate well to a one-story 90+ minutes on screen, and the joke became stale for me.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. The cast is as crazy as the film. Used to be a big fun fav and had seen it lots of times on VHS before Moviedrome. I haven’t seen it since but watching the trailer I really must pop back to it one day.

  3. I really don’t know what I can say about this one. I’ve never seen Jabberwocky, I know very little about the work of Terry Gilliam. and even after all these years I’m not sure what to make of Alex Cox’s introduction. Thanks for another Moviedrome Monday.

  4. I don’t know I loved all three of the Monty Python films πŸ™‚ To me, they (as well as the TV series) are some of the many perfect examples of comedic genius out there. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  5. Yeah, it is interesting to watch even If it comes off as little more than a mere dress rehearsal for his later works like Time Bandits and Brazil. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  6. Check out the work of Terry Gilliam because his work is not only funny, but quite imaginative as well. As for Jabberwocky, as I told Wolfie above, it serves as a mere dress rehearsal for his later works like Time Bandits and Brazil. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  7. I did a review of “The Brothers Grimm” on my blog….Gilliam is definitely an aquired taste much like Werner Herzog….never have seen “Jabberwocky” as of yet.

  8. I am a huge fan of both of them, but I do rank Herzog much higher as far as great film directors go πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

    P.S. I just left a reply to your Brothers Grimm review on your site πŸ™‚

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