The Meaning of Life
January 1996; 4 minutes; cast and crew of 4; approximate
cost of $0; rated G.
A ridiculously short work filmed late at night
after Huck Finn was finished. It is improvised, but
it's based on a short segment in Monty Python's The Meaning
of Life in which a waiter tells the camera to follow him
("right this way, come on, over here") as he meanders
through hallways, streets, and finally fields. Supposedly
he is going to show the audience the meaning of life, but
the cameraman gets bored and walks away. Essentially the same
thing happens in the Tokugawa Pictures version.
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. (Note
to Mr. Cleese, Mr. Idle, and others: we are not making any
money off of your brilliant idea and we acknowledge that it
is rightfully yours and do not take credit for it in any way.)
Filmed with a camera. Hey, we were bored that
- First completely improvised work (foreshadowing The
Suburban Samurai and the Adventures of Jeff and, ultimately,
I don't think we learned anything from this.