Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGO, also known as Knights of the Round Table in LEGO and LEGO Knights (among other names), is a 2001 parody brickfilm by Tony Mines and Tim Drage of Spite Your Face Productions. It is a recreation of the Camelot scene from the 1975 film of the same name. It was the first of a number of brickfilms made by Spite Your Face for The LEGO Group.
King Arthur and his knights have arrived outside Camelot. Inside Camelot, the Knights of the Round Table sing and dance about what they do in Camelot, including the copious amounts of ham, jam and spam eaten. Knights dance on a table and kick over plates and servers. In the dungeon, a skeleton claps along. Knights tap dance on top of a table, and another knight plays percussion on the helmets of other knights. Another person smacks a dead parrot on a table. A knight complains about frequently pushing a pram.
Back outside Camelot, King Arthur and his knights decide to not go to Camelot on account of its silliness.
The idea to make a LEGO recreation of a portion of Monty Python and the Holy Grail originated when a web page featuring photographs of LEGO re-imaginings of scenes from the film. Gilliam sent the page to longtime Monty Python producer John Goldstone, who took charge of overseeing the creation of the brickfilm project. Python Pictures had a budget available for new special features for the pending DVD release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.saw
Python Pictures approached The LEGO Group with the idea. LEGO were already in negotiations with Spite Your Face Productions for other brickfilms, and so Spite Your Face were also given the Python project. The DVD was set to be finalized within less than a month, so Spite Your Face had to make the brickfilm extremely quickly in order for it to be included as a bonus feature. Spite Your Face chose the Camelot scene to recreate, as it would lend itself to dynamic animation and would work as a complete short, with a clear beginning and end. Some of the LEGO pieces in the video were never released in any set, and were acquired directly from LEGO.
"When we made the Python movie, we gathered what bits we needed from the LEGO workshops in Billund. The workshop is a big open plan building with lots of drawers full of random LEGO in otherwise unavailable colours, some properly moulded, some hand painted, some prototype moulds. To cut a long story short, we just found the mysterious bits lying around in drawers, on tables or on the floor. I don't know where they are from or if they were ever released."
- Tony Mines, 2002
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail on YouTube
- Interview with Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam
- Interview with Tony Mines about production
- The film on the Spite Your Face website
- Tony Mines answers about unreleased pieces
- Spite Your Face old news archive
- Spite Your Face website page listing archive
- iFilm archive