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

My Favorite Jan Svankmajer Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)
(Live Action/Animation)

2.   Little Otik (2000)
(a.k.a. Greedy Guts)
(Live Action/Animation)

3.   Faust (1994)
(Live Action/Animation)

4.   Alice (1988)
(Live Action/Animation)

5.   Lunacy (2005)
(Live Action/Animation)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema) (Animation)

1.   Dimensions of Dialogue (1982)

2.   Food (1992)

3.   Darkness/Light/Darkness (1989)

4.   The Pendulum, the Pit and Hope (1983)

5.   Down to the Cellar (1983)

6.   The Flat (1968)

7.   The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990)

8.   Manly Games (1988)

9.   The Garden (1968)

10. Punch and Judy (1966)

11. Jabberwocky (1971)

12. Meat Love (1988)

13. The Ossuary (1970)

14. Don Juan (1970)

15. A Game with Stones (1965)

16. The Fall of the House of Usher (1980)

17. Picnic with Weissmann (1968)

18. The Last Trick (1964)

19. Castle of Otranto (1977)

20. A Quiet Week in the House (1969)

21. Flora (1989)

22. Historia Naturae (1967)

23. Et Cetera (1966)

24. Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasy in G minor (1965)