Terry Gilliam’s Gleefully Sadistic Animated 1968 Christmas Card


Whether they’re mass-produced and store-bought or lovingly made by hand, holiday cards generally have the same message: peace on Earth, goodwill towards men, etc. Not so the animated Christmas greeting below, from the fantastically demented mind of Terry Gilliam. In 1968 — a year before Monty Python’s Flying Circus began its BBC run — Gilliam made the video for Do Not Adjust Your Set, the bizarre children’s series that was a forerunner to Monty Python. But that doesn’t mean this send-up of Christmas cards is any gentler than his later stuff: Gilliam’s delightfully sadistic, surreal sense of humor is on full display, from a kleptomaniac Santa Claus to the murder of several adorable woodland creatures.

[via io9]