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The Movie: As the director admits below, Jabberwocky feels more like a transition than anything else. Sure, it's bursting with his usual imagination and visual flare, but it’s also decidedly silly and immature in places.
Terry’s Trials: While the shoot was largely trouble-free in itself, the tone began to vary wildly from Gilliam’s initial thoughts of a grown-up medieval fantasy to something between Python and a kids’ film.
"I don't think we were bold enough when we wrote the thing; there are certain areas which are very Pythonesque in it, and we didn't completely make the break from Python. It was like a transition film - it went half-way to where I wanted to go.
“I think the thing is full of wondrous bits and pieces; I'm not convinced we got it flowing as well as it should have, but there's some moments that I think are just wondrous in it. Unfortunately it was sort of hoisted by the Python petard and at the time the reviews just couldn't look at it without judging it against Holy Grail, which was arrogance on my part, to think that it wouldn't be judged like that."