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Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Lego 193

slashdoter writes: "What could be better than combining Lego and Monty Python and the search for the holy grail? Well recording it and putting it online of course. Follow the link and smile." Quicktime or Windows Media. Scary. Needs to be much longer. :)
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Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Lego

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  • Nice! It IS a silly place, but very fun.
  • That was really cool. Check out the 'Jewel Quest' (indiana jones)... i liked that even better.
  • I watched this once it popped up on Ain't It Cool News ( yesterday. Imagine CGI but with Legos. It looked more fluid than the old stop-motion clay-based creatures, yet I could see no obvious wires or such. It seemed very fluid, and yes, it was freaky due to the level of (I hate to say it) professionalism.

    Next thing you know, we'll have Connectix emulating Matrix, GI Joe re-creating the Gulf War, and Lincon Logs re-enacting the chopping of the cherry tree!
  • Let's see... Legos, Monty Python, and online homemade movies...

    If you could somehow work Linux into the equation, 1,000,000 slashdot readers would jizz their pants simultaneously.

    • Umm, you're fogetting one important element:

      Natalie Portman!!!!

      (oh, and Hot Grits makes two important elements...)
    • I should have worked in some wording about the Company that made a quicktime player for Linux, Then added a link to the sixth installment of ILM magic, or somthing like that on the starwars site that has Natile portman in a really hot outfit. BTW that video is interesting.
    • I saw this several days ago and was rather curious as to how they got the lego men to bend the way they did.
  • ...this is the new frontier of animation.

    • ...this is the new frontier of animation.

      no, this [] is.

    • How darest thou besmirch the holiness that is photorealist animation and its Japanese conceptors! The greatness of that form is infinitely beyond all others, and any likes thineself who should denounce it can repent for that infinite sin by enduring and embracing infinite suffering in life and after! They thou mayest praise the holy Squaresoft and its Master Sakaguchi, who art the true Lord and Saviour in this age, and every age. Amen.
  • How can I play these on my Linux box? Is there a codec for xanim, or do I need a different player?
    • The KDE media player can handle those formats.
      • Mind giving details, please?
        It's apparently not possible to download the Windows Media movie at all (it's a streamed thing, apparently), and the codecs in the Quicktime one (Sorenson, pile of crap...) aren't recognized by xanim, which my version of the KDE 2.1.1 multimedia player uses for Quicktime movies.

        If you succeeded in playing the movies under Linux, please tell us how you did it? Thanks in advance.
        • Go to Codeweavers []. It'll cost you a couple of bucks, but it's worth it.

          Oh, and yes, this is the only thing out there that works.
        • I tried kde media player, no doesn't it supports this format, must have been a wrong comment :/

          I looked on the internet and downloaded&compiled some packages for linux who promised to play quicktime movies.

          xmovie - compiled after a small patch, but failed to load this file.
          mp2movie - promised to be able to convert quicktime movies to mpg, no go.
          lamp - installed easily with .rpm but read that this movie has a length of 0 :(

          So I tried but I could watch it, doesn't seem to be a "normal" quicktime movie, the existing linux quicktime players could play.

        • Acording to the xanim homepage this format is yet unsupported:

          So far I could find out this stream is coded using a "QDM2 Codec".
  • can you do with the lego studio product out of the box?

    I'm assuming things like the moving lips involve some kind of professional ($$$) equipment not included in the base/retail product.

  • by cjsnell ( 5825 )
    I knew I'd seen this somewhere [] before...
    • Slashdot's previous article is a link to screenshots. This, though similar, is an actual movie, which is more impressive, and twice as funny, IMO.
      I appreciate the thoroughness of it. Even the background characters are fully animated. The skeleton is totally peaches.

  • by sph ( 35491 ) on Saturday September 22, 2001 @05:12PM (#2335314)
    Funny no one has mentioned it yet, but on October 23rd there will be an excellent 2-disc DVD release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In addition to Holy Grail in Lego it includes for example "subtitles for people who don't like the movie" and "follow the killer rabbit". Here's the full and totally wicked list of extras:
    • Disc 1
    • Commentaries by Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, plus "general complaints and back-biting" by John Cleese, Eric Idle & Michael Palin
    • "Follow The Killer Rabbit" Feature
    • A special version for the Hard of Hearing
    • "A glorious extra 24 seconds absolutely free"
    • On-screen Screenplay allowing you to read it while you watch the movie
    • Trailer
    • Disc 2
    • Three sing-alongs
    • "The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations" documentary with Michael Palin and Terry Jones
    • "How To Use Your Coconuts" - an educational film
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Japanese, with English subtitles
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail In Lego
    • "On Location with The Pythons" - an 18-minute location report made in 1974 by BBC Film Night (broadcast December 19, 1974)
    • Interactive Cast Directory
    • Terry Gilliam's original sketches plus posters
    • Behind-the-Scenes Photos
    • "A Load of Old Rubbish - a surprise package of mystery items specially included for the mentally challenged"
    • Unused Locations & Ideas
    • Trailers
    • Weblinks for nerds
    • DVD release

      And at no extra charge: The LOSS OF YOUR FAIR USE RIGHTS*! Thats right you, the Consumer(TM) receive completely free the prospect of violating DMCA if you choose to make backup copies of your own fairly-purchased-product.

      *Offer only available in The United States of America(TM)

  • 2001-08-21 23:09:18 Monty Python and the Holy Grail animated in Lego (articles,quickies)

    I thought it worthy of only a quickie. Ahh well anyway....

    This was done by a friend of mine, Tim Drage and his associate Tony Mines. Together they form []
    Spite Your Face Productions. Check that site for more Lego anim, including a condensed version of 2001.

    And oh, they got paid to play with Lego by Lego itself. Neat, huh?
  • finally, something to put my faith back behind the human race. figures it was monty python that did it. hehe.
    on a more sensible note:
    i've read a few comments bashing both monty python and lego in the preceding threads. these people just simply need to understand that lego is news for nerds, and monty python IS stuff that matters. the original python stuff was mostly political satire and the like. it was funny...but it was also relevant. although it may have lost some of that relevance in its move across the pond to the states, the ideas behind the python group live on...the social satire melded into hilarious comedy. its something that works. don't bash it.
    as for lego...we all grew up on lego. as we get older, the company seems to offer more and more toys for us to use...and we, as a community, seem to come up with more innovative ways to use them. personally, i believe that lego promotes problem solving ability as well as sheer fun. as i've said previously: don't bash it.
    thus, only one conclusion can be drawn from this:
  • Funny, I went to see the MPATHG re-release in the theatre last night, and after the Camelot scene, my friend turned to me and said "I think I liked the Lego one better!"

    And yes, this has been here before :P
  • It's only a model.

    [i]Blatently stolen from another poster on a another thread.[/i]
  • I know you can't hear it but I clapping VERY loud right now
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Another funny lego movie is Legos are not Enough. [] I saw this at a film festival, and it beat out all the other 'serious' films, even though it was made by a bunch of engineering students whereas its competition was made by people who wore a lot of black clothing.

    • Another funny lego movie is Legos are not Enough. [] I saw this at a film festival, and it beat out all the other 'serious' films, even though it was made by a bunch of engineering students whereas its competition was made by people who wore a lot of black clothing.

      Holy crap! That's me! That's us!

      This certainly explains all the sudden congestion on our cable modem line. Everyone is trying to download our movie at once. I literally just ran up the stairs to tell my roommates (whom I made the movie with) that we were being Slashdotted. Wow.

      I had thought about submiting our site (and movie) to Slashdot before. After all, the editors seem to be suckers for "LEGOmation" stories. I thought better of it, though. So, thank you for posting Mr. Anonymous Coward, sir. (Who are you, btw?)

      For the record, though, we aren't all engineers. Two of us are studying Computer Engineering. One is studying Architecture, and the other is studying History. Also, let me just quickly mention that we won awards at that film festival for "Best of Show" and "Most Original."

      Check out our website. It's actually [], but I had to move it when our port 80 got blocked due to Code Red.

      OK, I'm all over the road at this point. I apologize for this rambling, slightly offtopic post, but I think I'm going to hit submit anyway...

  • Now this? (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by vex24 ( 126288 )
    First sketch-book style quake [], and now Monty Python legos? []
    I had to reload to make sure I wasn't reading a /. page from last May! ;)
  • Download Link (Score:3, Informative)

    by citizenc ( 60589 ) <cary@glidedesi g n . ca> on Saturday September 22, 2001 @05:34PM (#2335367) Journal
  • ... we've slashdotted the server.

    Are you a terrorist? Click Here! []

  • When will people realize that the great comedic genius of late 20th century England was Benny Hill, not these numbskulls called Monty Python!
    Come on, get with the program.
  • That was by far the best thing i have seen all week.

    Maybe i need to get out more..
  • We're Knights of the Round Table.
    We dance whene'er we're able.
    We do routines and chorus scenes
    With footwork impeccable.
    We dine well here in Camelot.
    We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.

    We're Knights of the Round Table.
    Our shows are formidable,
    But many times we're given rhymes
    That are quite unsingable.
    We're opera mad in Camelot.
    We sing from the diaphragm a lot.

    In war we're tough and able,
    Quite indefatigable.
    Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable.
    It's a busy life in Camelot.

    I have to push the pram a lot.
  • This is now my favorite clip on the Internet. All I want to know is when the entire movie is going to be released in Lego-vision.

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