Let’s pull our swords out of our stones, for the second knight or rather knights (since I couldn’t really make a choice on this one) of this round table of ours….
Shrek the Third
Perhaps this might seem a strange thing to include on a list such of this, especially considering some of the contenders that just didn’t make it onto the list at all.
However I like to think that showing up as a bunch of high school students in a animated comedy focusing on the weird and bizarre adventures of an ogre doing a very poor impression of a Scottish accents – speaks to the true malubility of Arthurian lore. They are no longer stuck in the grand adventures, and high fantasy tales that the creator of Lancelot tried to force them into.
And now for the next “second” knight of the media round table…
And speaking of unconventional adaptations of Arthurian lore. Based simultaneously off the film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and heavily parodying the musical Camelot, Monty Python’s Spamalot is weird. Not bad weird, very, very good weird – but weird none the less. Featuring the King himself (played by Tim Curry on the original cast recording), a gay Lancelot , Sir Robin the not quite as Brave as Lancelot, and who can forget the ever loveable Sir Not Appearing in this play. This musical is a fun, satirical look at figures that sometimes can take themselves a little too seriously, which only serves to make it all the funnier.
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2 thoughts on “The Seven Knights of Arthurian Media: The Second Kinght”
I have long been a Tim Curry fan so was happy to see Spamalot on your list. His character portrayals often read “funny villain,” which just works.
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Two of my cousins are huge Broadway buffs and one of their favorites is Spamalot, they even took my parents to see it once. I love Monty Python myself, probably my favorite British comedy team ever, and they always do spoofs really well just like Mel Brooks. I’m surprised they never did a film version, I would watch it in a heartbeat.
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