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And Now For Something Completely Different: Monty Python To (Sort Of) Reunite [VIDEO]

Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman (1941 - 1989), Terry Gilliam, and John Cleese, in 1982. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In case you’ve been frightfully out of touch, Monty Python looks to be preparing to silly walk their way back to the Big Screen.

Fans like myself have been waiting for a reunion for a long time.  Getting together the members of the Circus (sans the late Graham Chapman, of course) is, well, the Holy Grail to us.  (I’m sorry, but I was forced to say that).

But it’s not quite a reunion in the traditional sense (as if Monty Python ever did anything traditional) .  More on that in a minute.

Meanwhile, let me tell you what you’re no doubt completely uninterested in.  (Skip the next five paragraphs if that’s how you wanna be).

The first time I saw Monty Python’s Flying Circus was when I was in High School and it was in re-run on late night T.V.  I was sneaking a cigarette downstairs in my parents’ house and was curious about this circus I kept noticing was on every night, and I finally tuned in.

I was immedately in love.

They were irreverent, silly, disturbed, and with English accents that, to many of us Americans, make anything said exponentially wittier.

The British might rightly say  we’re the ones with the accents, but nevermind that.

Now on to the bit you really want to hear about.

It’s to be a sci-fi farce that blends CGI and live action called “Absolutely Anything”, with Terry Jones directing.

According to “Plans are for filming to begin in the U.K. this spring, with the Pythons voicing key roles as a a group of aliens who endow an earthling with the power to do “absolutely anything” to see what a mess he’ll make of things — which is precisely what happens. There’s also a talking dog named Dennis who seems to understand more about the mayhem that ensues than anyone else does. Robin Williams will voice the character.”

Terry Jones says, “It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility.”

Terry Gilliam, John Cleese and Michael Palin have signed on, and producers hope to sign Eric Idle.

Good enough for me.

What’s your feeling about this?  Will you see the film?  Do you have a favorite Monty Python skit or line?   Comments welcome, especially if you’re a lumberjack and you’re o.k. with that.

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