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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002)

Documentary about the music group They Might Be Giants.

Director:

AJ Schnack
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Flansburgh ... Himself
John Linnell ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gina Arnold Gina Arnold ... Herself
Michael Azerrad Michael Azerrad ... Himself
Adam Bernstein ... Himself
David Bither David Bither ... Himself
Frank Black ... Himself
Linwood Boomer ... Himself
Brian Cohen Brian Cohen ... Himself
Patrick Dillett Patrick Dillett ... Himself (as Pat Dillett)
Sue Drew Sue Drew ... Herself
Dave Eggers ... Himself
Jake Fogelnest ... Himself
Joe Franklin Joe Franklin ... Himself
Janeane Garofalo ... Herself
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Storyline

Gigantic is the story of They Might Be Giants, a unique musical group centered on John Flansburgh and John Linnell. We're introduced to the duo's lyrical and melodic craft when, for example, well-known actors recite Giants lyrics, underscoring the dark words often coupled with bright tunes. We also catch a glimpse of the band's ideas about performance from the blend of footage from concerts, television, music videos, and other media. Running through the whole film is a portrayal of the Johns' friendship and ultimately, their view of the world, which we see in interviews with the Giants themselves, their colleagues, and their fans. Written by Andy Zimolzak <zimolzak@jcisd.k12.mi.us>

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гиганты: История двух Джонов See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,411, 26 May 2003

Gross USA:

$160,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,621
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The documentary shows They Might Be Giants holding a release party for their CD "Mink Car" at a New York City Tower Records store. Left unstated is that this party took place at midnight on September 11th, 2001, slightly less than nine hours before the attacks on the World Trade Center several miles away. See more »

Quotes

John Linnell: [about "Flood"] A lot of albums these days have ten or less songs on them, and that pisses us off. This new album of ours has nineteen songs. That's why ours is better.
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Connections

Features Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

She's An Angel
Written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh
Performed by They Might Be Giants
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Likable Documentary About Two Likable Guys
5 November 2004 | by JDonoSee all my reviews

Nicely paced movie about two likable and talented friends whose band is the ultimate partnership. There's a reason the subtitle is "A Tale of Two Johns," as Linnell and Flansburgh are interlocking essential pieces of this quirky, inventive group. Director Schnack does an outstanding job capturing their relationship, their integrity, and their love for what they do.

I would like to have seen a little more Janeane Garafalo and a little less Sarah Vowell, but that's quibbling. The interviews with friends, fans, and fellow musicians were insightful and complimentary. I'm trying to think of good word for Syd Straw, though, and I keep coming back to "a little flaky."


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