Welcome to the surreal and poetic planet of They Might Be Giants, the Brooklyn, New York-based musical duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, who have spent the past twenty years crafting their singular alt-pop style -- cerebral, dark and humorous. Embracing the Do-It-Yourself ethos of true independent artists, They Might Be Giants has followed a unconventional path to cult stardom -- from John and John's first meeting in a Lincoln, Massachusetts grade school through the East Village performance art scene of the early '80s to their 2002 Grammy Award -- aided by stunning, low-budget music videos, trailblazing use of the internet and a truly groundbreaking utilization of the telephone answering machine.
GIGANTIC (A TALE OF TWO JOHNS) is a comprehensive chronicle of the band's 20-year history, told through performance, animation, videos and hilarious commentaries from friends and fans. Reflecting They Might Be Giants' unusual and unique place in the pop music universe, the film features appearances and contributions from a wide range of fans and collaborators: Musicians Frank Black, Mark Hoppus and Syd Straw; This American Life's Ira Glass and Sarah Vowell; Authors Michael Azerrad and Dave Eggers; Journalists Gina Arnold and Robert Krulwich. In addition, director AJ Schnack called upon actors Janeane Garofalo, Michael McKean, Andy Richter and Harry Shearer to recite the band's lyrics. The film also features appearances by Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Joe Franklin and actor/director Josh Kornbluth.
"No wonder filmmaker AJ Schnack was able to snare the likes of Dave Eggers, Jon Stewart, and Frank Black to discuss the band's a pop-cultural importance in an oral history that is truly funny, charming, and even touching. Not necessarily just for fans of TMBG, the film is also a sweet reminiscence of a time when alternative really lived up to its definition". -- Nylon Magazine
"The movie is a must-see." -- Michael O'Sullivan, WASHINGTON POST
"Gigantic is a celebration of a lasting collaboration, creative integrity and the right to be different."
--Paul Sherman, BOSTON HERALD
"Anything but the typical rock band saga." -- Stephen Holden, NEW YORK TIMES
Visit www.giganticfilm.com for news, reviews, video clips, merchandise and more.
Watch the trailer or a rare 1987 TMBG performance of "Mr. Me" from the DVD extras (QuickTime).
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UK DVD Release date: December, 2004
Catalog No. PLX-011
Specs: 2003, 102 minutes, color, DV, 1.85:1
NTSC region 0 (world)
Special Features: To delve deep into the story one of the most original pop-rock bands in American popular music and their unorthodox rise to fame, Plexi has gathered over 4 1/2 hours of extras, including but not limited to:
FEATURE COMMENTARY with John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Sarah Vowell and director AJ Schnack
- The Legendary 1990 Tonight Show with Johnny Carson "Birdhouse in Your Soul" performance with Doc Severinsen and the NBC Orchestra
- 2001 Tower Records In-store performance
- 3 Additional Songs Live at the Polish National Home in Brooklyn, 2001, the concert which was staged and filmed exclusively for the documentary.
- Five classic videos with new introductions by John Flansburgh, John Linnell and director Adam Bernstein including:
"Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head" (1986)
"Don't Let's Start"(1987)
"(She Was A) Hotel Detective" (1987)
and "Birdhouse In Your Soul" (1990)
- Rare Promotional Video made for their breakthrough 1990 album FLOOD
- John and John hosting "Nick Rocks" 1987 Nickelodeon pop music show
- Three videos created for the ABC News Nightline Primetime series "Brave New World" (1999)
- US National Public Radio's "This American Life" Dial-a-Song segment by Sarah Vowell (audio only)
Deleted scenes, raw footage, more performances, additional interviews with Conan O'Brien, Dave Eggers, Michael McKean, Sarah Vowell, Syd Straw, Ira Glass, a few surprises and MUCH MORE.