ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

It's been 40 years since Terry Gilliam's iconic and brilliant film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was first released back in 1975. It might be difficult to imagine anything but that movie we know and love today, there was a lot of good footage, live-action and animation, that was left on the cutting room floor.

I guess when you're working with a cast of comedic geniuses, there's only so much you can possibly fit into a movie without exhausting your audiences.

One instance of this is the following 15 minute-long clip of animation, which hadn't been seen by the public prior to today. The long-lost animation that never came to be was recently released in honor of the film's 40th anniversary Blu-Ray release.

According to Gilliam in his narration, the bizarre animation was inspired and copied from the book Illustrations in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts, which featured artwork and characters in the margins of the bibles that belonged to monks who were bored with writing the same scriptures over and over again.

To see some of the nearly-finished footage that were eventually cut from film, paired with Terry Gilliam's (hilarious) commentary, check out the video below:

To see more outtakes, hear more commentary, and recieve a tiny working cow catapult (because why not), be sure to buy the 40th anniversary Blu-Ray release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Amazon, available starting October 27.

(Source: io9)


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