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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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Release Date:

10 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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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?


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 »


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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Spoofs The Civil War (1990) See more »


Particle Man
Written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh
Performed by They Might Be Giants
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Good, but not great
21 August 2003 | by poinglySee all my reviews

I am a pretty die-hard TMBG fan. I enjoy this movie for that reason, but as a film it was a little lacking. My main complaint was the story telling. Though it did have the beginnings of a nice little story (which is something many documentaries forget to have), it somehow felt glossed over by the end.

I suppose, in part, this is due to a confidentiality agreement with Elektra, which they probably have. That was where much of the conflict lied.

Still, it was entertaining for TMBG fans, but I personally hope the DVD has the entire concert on it, that'd make the purchase worth it's value, well, immensely.

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