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Pre-Python capers hit and miss,
This review is from: Do Not Adjust Your Set [DVD] (DVD)
Possibly one of the most eagerly-awaited DVD releases for a long time "Do Not Adjust Your Set" will both please and disappoint.
On the plus side, it's been a long wait to view this legendary series. Pre-Pythons Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, ably assisted by a young David Jason and Denise Coffey, put their early comic ideas to the test. Idle's irreverant wordplay is already in place. Jones and Palin's visual prowess is coming to the fore. There are glimpses of what was to come in DNAYS.
The Bonzo Dog Band, led by Viv Stanshall and Neil Innes, take the lunacy to another level and probably did for DNAYS what Terry Gilliam's animations would do for Python.
Those expecting a Monty Python-ish romp will probably feel let down. What blots this first series of DNAYS is the reliance of the traditional formula of every sketch having a punchline or ending. Some bits work, some do not. Other material is screaming for the stream-of-consciousness approach that Python championed.
It has to be noted that the second series of DNAYS (run by Thames in early 1969) is more familiar and experimental, aided by a sympathetic director and Gilliam's revolutionary "Elephants" animation ; a key signpost to the way Python would be made later in the year. A DVD release for the second series would be welcomed, however many of these shows are missing. A shame.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2008 11:34:03 BDT
Numinous Ugo says:
You totally fail to see the context of this series. On the one hand you acknowledge that this is just the embryonic development that would, with the addition of Cleese and Chapman, become the Monty Python team but then you go and criticise DNAYS for having punch lines etc in a traditional comedy sketch show way. That was the reason that Python was so brilliant, they took the anarchic and surreal elements of their humour that extra stage further to create something extra special, not out of thin air but as a development of what they had been working up to. It is also very importnat to remember that this was children's television.
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