Gigantic (A Tale Of Two Johns)
Video by They Might Be Giants
|First released|| November 18, 2003
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|Label||Plexifilm / Cowboy Pictures <PLEXI011-1>||Length||102:00|
Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns is a rock documentary about They Might Be Giants, directed by AJ Schnack and produced by Shirley Moyers and Bonfire Films Of America. It was filmed in 2001, released in limited theaters in 2002, and finally released on DVD in 2003.
The film contains concert footage, interviews, humor, animation, coffee, humor, lyric readings, people wondering about the subject matter of their lyrics, information on our eleventh and sixteenth presidents, excerpts from the Flood Promo and Rabid Child video, Linnell's son Henry, a performance on "The Tonight Show" accompanied by Doc Severinsen, early influences, humor, early performances (at the : A Performance Space, for instance), coffee, an inside look at the "Dial-A-Song" studio, the notorious "Gloria," interpretations of Particle Man, John's take on John (and vice versa), fan stories, behind the scenes of Man, It's So Loud In Here, TV appearances, excerpts of songs written for movies and television...and you should also know there is a lot of humor! And coffee!
Interviewees include Jamie Kitman, Dan Miller, Danny Weinkauf, Bill Krauss, Pat Dillett, Sarah Vowell and Ira Glass of This American Life, Robert Krulwich of Brave New World, Dave Eggers, Frank Black, Darinka owner Gary Ray Bugarcic, former Elektra A&R rep Susan Drew, Syd Straw, and some rock journalists. Appearances by Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Joe Franklin, Josh Kornbluth and Raoul Rosenberg. Janeane Garofalo, Michael McKean, Andy Richter and Harry Shearer read lyrics.
- There are two Easter Eggs on the DVD.
Songs Heard Or Mentioned In The Movie Or Extras
- (She Was A) Hotel Detective - Video included with introductions by Bernstein, John, & John
- 32 Footsteps - A fan says he lost his virginity to this song...
- All Alone - Dave Eggers explains it.
- Ana Ng - Music video included with introduction
- Ant - Sarah Vowell mentions it
- The Ballad of Timothy McSweeney - Audio included, also a short explanation by Dave Eggers
- Bangs - Listen VERY carefully during the segment on Linnell later in the movie and you'll find that there's a clip of Bangs being performed live.
- Birdhouse In Your Soul - Video included, performance on Johnny Carson included, also a short clip in the Flood Promo; Dave Eggers and Danny Weinkauf compliment it at length
- Boat Of Car - Acoustic record store performance
- Boss Of Me - Clip played during theme songs montage towards the end of the movie
- Brave New World Theme - Clip played during theme songs montage towards the end of the movie
- Cowtown - Video of this song being performed on a radio show included
- Cyclops Rock - Live excerpt near the beginning
- Dan Vs. Cog - Music video included
- Dead - Short clip included in Flood Promo
- Dr. Evil - Clip played during theme songs montage towards the end of the movie
- Doctor Worm - Includes soundcheck with this song, and is featured in the This American Life piece included
- Dog On Fire - Clip played during theme songs montage towards the end of the movie
- Don't Let's Start - A concert rendition in the movie, plus the music video included with an introduction; some lyrics read and discussed
- Don't Worry Kyoko - Talked about, but never heard as a copy couldn't be found
- The End Of The Tour - Michael McKean lovingly and beautifully recites this song from memory (!) during a pivotal point of the film (The fallout with Elektra)
- Everything Right Is Wrong Again - Heard in the montage over the opening credits. Also is heard
- The Famous Polka - Mentioned as Flansburgh talks about the stage collapse show in Milwaukee, and clip is included in the opening credits
- Fingertips - Live version included
- The Guitar - Played live over the closing credits
- Hearing Aid - Clip in Flood Promo
- Hide Away Folk Family - Live excerpt included
- Hot Cha - Clip in Flood Promo
- I Can't Hide From My Mind - The debut of this song; Flans records an acoustic version onto Dial-A-Song
- I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die - Sarah Vowell cites this as an example of the band's humor and easygoingness; a Johns-only performance is also subsequently heard.
- I Palindrome I - Michael McKean recites this song on the DVD
- I Should Be Allowed To Think - Andy Richter recites the song
- I'm Sick (Of This American Life) - Included in the This American Life piece on the DVD
- Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - Live clip included. Also mentioned in the Flood Promo, but not heard due to copyright.
- James K. Polk - Live video included
- King Weed - Music video included
- Lady Is A Tramp - Can be heard in the This American Life piece on the DVD
- Letterbox - Clip in Flood Promo
- Lie Still, Little Bottle - The Stick! - live performance included
- Life 360 Theme - clip played during theme songs montage towards the end of the movie
- Lucky Ball & Chain - Clip in Flood Promo
- Mammal - The "Maintaining..." line is featured in the DVD liner notes
- Man, It's So Loud In Here - We see them tweaking it in the studio and rehearsing it backstage at the Conan O'Brien show
- Maybe I Know - Mentioned in the commentary that the Johns met a relative of the original songwriter by pure chance
- Meet James Ensor - Acoustic record store performance
- Minimum Wage - Clip in Flood Promo, mentioned on a setlist
- Mr. Me - Live Version included
- New York City - Acoustic record store performance (about nine hours before the Sept. 11 attacks, a point AJ Schnack wisely underplays), clip of live performace. Also, the original version by Cub is available in the extras
- Nick Rocks ID - performed on "Nick Rocks" appearance
- No One Knows My Plan - Mentioned in the commentary as a song originally to have a celebrity reading
- Number Three - Live version included
- Older - Music video included, live version
- Particle Man - High school debate team discusses its meaning...JL: "There is nothing missing in your understanding of Particle Man;" a live version and clip appear in the Flood Promo
- Purple Toupee -Brief video clip shown
- Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head - Video included with introductions by Bernstein, John, & John.
- Rabid Child - Brief video clip shown
- Road Movie To Berlin - Clip in Flood Promo
- Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love - Clip in Flood Promo
- See The Constellation - Short clip of the end of this song during the part where the Dans are talking about the consistent age of Giants fans
- She's An Angel - Live video included before credits
- Siftin' - Clip played before and after some of the Brave New World videos
- Sleepwalkers - Live clip included during the bit on JL (Date unknown)
- Someone Keeps Moving My Chair - Clip in Flood Promo
- Spiraling Shape - Michael McKean recites some of the lyrics in the trailer
- Spy - Mentioned as Flansburgh goes through a setlist
- Subliminal - Short live clip near the beginning
- Theme From Flood - Included on Flood Promo
- They Might Be Giants - live version included; recited by Harry Shearer
- They'll Need A Crane - Jamie Kitman mentions the Giantesque juxtaposition of breezy music and crushingly sad lyrics
- Till My Head Falls Off - Live clip shown
- Token Back To Brooklyn - brief clip played as subway passes. Shot at the Bedford Avenue subway station on the L train.
- Twisting - Clip in Flood Promo
- Untitled - Has a full animated video during the documentary
- We Want A Rock - Clip in Flood Promo
- Whistling In The Dark - Clip in Flood Promo
- Women & Men - Clip in Flood Promo
- Your Racist Friend - Clip in Flood Promo
Coffee scented perfume, given away at the premiere
Informational letter sent to fans prior to the taping of the August 5, 2001 show