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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002)

Documentary about the music group They Might Be Giants.


AJ Schnack
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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


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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10 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гиганты: История двух Джонов See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,411, 26 May 2003

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Did You Know?


Annette O'Toole narrates a letter in the film during one of the film's "history" sequences, and did the research herself. She had been out of town filming Smallville (2001) when the director came to film her husband, Michael McKean. See more »


John Linnell: We ARE the shitty Beatles.
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Spoofs The Civil War (1990) See more »


Written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh
Performed by They Might Be Giants
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24 March 2005 | by redrumdumbdumbSee all my reviews

I loved this documentary. Although, I also love They Might Be Giants. If you aren't a fan of the band, this movie might not be too fun to watch, but as a enthusiastic listener of TMBG, I really enjoyed watching Gigantic. It really captured the essence of the the band and was overall fun to watch. If you enjoy this movie, I recommend Direct From Brooklyn, which is a VHS of TMBG's music videos. Although, the DVD of Gigantic also features some music videos. The only complaint I have about Gigantic is that I would like to hear more about TMBG, but I suppose that is really the purpose of making a documentary about them. "And the truth is we don't know anything." -Ana Ng by They Might Be Giants

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