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Video from the Archives: A Christmas Card from Terry Gilliam

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 24, 2011 at 5:01PM

This hilarious 1968 Monty Python-era Christmas Video by Terry Gilliam for the TV series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" holds up; it's roaming the web this season thanks to various postings. Gilliam comments on his Facebook page:
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Terry Gilliam's Santa Claus
Terry Gilliam

This hilarious 1968 Monty Python-era Christmas Video by Terry Gilliam for the TV series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" holds up; it's roaming the web this season thanks to various postings. Gilliam comments on his Facebook page:

Hope you are all managing to see my ancient animation that's currently rampaging around the web. It's on The Huffington Post site....It roams the free range of the web. Leaping from Xmas tree to Xmas tree. Do I get a penny from all the joy it brings? No! Do I care? No. If you need a last minute gift for a bike-obsessed friend there is a great app from a film director friend of mine, Richard Loncraine. It's absolutely beautiful. A kind of bike porn app. Check it out...

And Giliam (whose latest short Wholly Family has been making the festival rounds) describes his cut-out animation method below on Do-It-Yourself Animation Show (via Cartoon Brew).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.