The surviving members of Monty Python, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin collectively embraced the digital age when they launched their own YouTube channel in 2008, which featured such classic sketches as “Dead Parrot,” “Spam,” and “Upper Class Twit Of The Year” as well as reflections from the surviving members and responses to YouTube user comments by Eric Idle and John Cleese. The following year, all five Monty Python films and all forty-five episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus were made available for download on I-Tunes, along with the compilation Graham Chapman’s Personal Best, a compilation that pays tribute to founding member Chapman, who died of cancer in 1989; and the 1977 movie Jabberwocky, which featured Michael Palin.
Throughout 2011 and 2012, there has been a brace of Monty Python themed applications available for the I-Pad.
In this game, reminiscent of Angry Birds and replete with Terry Gilliam’s eccentric cut and paste artwork that was a hallmark of the Flying Circus, you play as an immature French barbarian occupying a castle that is under siege by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Using a catapult, you must launch a variety of projectiles – chickens, cows, African and European swallows to name a few – before the cart carrying King Arthur and his forces reaches your castle. The more carts you destroy, the more your arrogance meter goes up. Fetchez la vache!
Monty Python: The Holy Book Of Days
This app is a must-have for any self-confessed Monty Python geek who can quote every line from every sketch and every movie with the proper accent. Described by CNet blogger Rick Broida as a coffee-table book come to life, this application serves as a wonderful companion to the legendary 1974 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, complete with outtakes, photos, audio clips, quotes from the Pythons themselves, diary entries from Michael Palin, and so many more things to take a Monty Python fan through the arduous month-long process of filming Monty Python And The Holy Grail.
This app is little more than an anthology of twenty-two of the best sketches from the first season of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, with a commentary option and a feature that allows for you to build your own playlist. When you first run the program, it arbitrarily chooses a sketch to play, and if you give your device a little shake, a different sketch is chosen at random. Although most if not all of the sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus are available for free online viewing at YouTube, this app is useful in that it provides a comprehensive beginner’s introduction to the comic gold that is Monty Python’s Flying Circus.