“Keep well away from animation, it’s dangerous, nasty stuff, could be catching and most definitely will leave some very nasty scars, especially on those knee caps of yours.” Terry Gillam, flowing locks in tow, cardboard ventriloquist doll on his lap, speaks out from the screen of Bob Godfrey’s 1974 DIY Animation Show. The voice throwing alone was enough to win us over.
Terry, the man responsible for the Monty Python animations, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and director of the darkly delirious fantasy film Brazil to name but a few puts Blue Peter to shame with his performance that was released on to the internet this week, creating futuristic cities out of perfume bottles and miniature people, making rocks unfamiliar or morphing complex old women with bird heads pushing prams.
Watch the whole thing and feel your fingers itch toward the PVA glue and stashed Christmas cards. Follow Gilliam’s lead, though maybe don’t reach for those family albums as recommended. Not sure how well that one would go down.