Merry Christmas (from 1968)

In 1968, London-based American cartoonist Terry Gilliam was asked to create an animated video “Christmas card” for the popular, off-beat children’s television series Do Not Adjust Your Set, which featured future Monty Pythons Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. Gilliam sought inspiration for the film at London’s historic Tate Gallery and its enormous collection of Victorian Christmas cards. The resulting animated short was a terrific send-up of traditional, stuffy Christmas greeting cards.

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