ERIC IDLE ON VIDEO

Group Madness: The Making of Yellowbeard (1983) (see Graham Chapman)


Saturday Night Live (Eric Idle: Guest Host) Volume 1 (1976)

(video of Eric Idle's October 2, 1976 appearance on Saturday Night Live; includes a clip of the Rutles singing "I Must Be in Love," and Eric's appearances in the "Killer Bees" sketch, "Designer Babies," and a "Dragnet" parody)

  • distributed by Warner Home Video, 29030, 64 minutes

Saturday Night Live (Eric Idle: Guest Host) Volume 2 (1978/1979)

(video of Eric Idle's December 9, 1978 and October 20, 1979 appearances on Saturday Night Live; includes Eric doing a Tunisian monologue, being part of a madrigal quartet, playing Prince Charles, portraying a game show host in "What Do You. . .," being a manager in a Candy Slice recording studio, playing a salesman in a shoe store, and as a female impersonator)

  • distributed by Warner Home Video, 29036, 110 minutes

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)

(story of the pre-Fab Four, the Rutles, in this spoof documentary of the Beatles; includes Eric Idle as a host of different characters, including "Dirk McQuickly" of the Rutles, as well as Michael Palin as "Eric Manchester," a manager, and Neil Innes as "Ron Nasty" of the Rutles)

  • distributed by Pacifiyc Arts, Inc. / Broadway Video, PAVR 540, 71 minutes
  • distributed by TEL-V/BMG (U.K.), TVE 6003, 71 minutes
  • distributed by Rhino Home Video (U.S.), R3 2234 (1995) (ISBN 1-56605-259-9), 70 minutes

All You Need Is Cash (1978)

  • distributed by **, TVE6003 (U.K.), 71 minutes

To See Such Fun (1981) (also cited as 1977)

(compilation of film clips from British screen comedy from 1930 to 1940, starring Eric Idle and others)

  • distributed by Pacific Arts Video, PAV 632 (Beta) and PAV 533 (VHS), 91 minutes (has also been cited as 90 minutes)
  • distributed by *** (U.K.), MU 1160 (VHS), 91 minutes

Faerie Tale Theatre: The Tale Of The Frog Prince (1982)

(story of the frog prince (Robin Williams) and the spoiled princess (Terri Garr); written, directed, and narrated by Eric Idle)

  • Platypus Production, distributed by CBS/Fox - Playhouse Video, 6372 (ISBN 8616-26372-3), 53 minutes

Yellowbeard (1983) (see Graham Chapman)


Comedy Music Videos (1985)

(a video compilation of 13 comic song performances, including "Piggy in the Middle" by The Rutles)

  • distributed by Vestron, ****, 60 minutes

Faerie Tale Theatre: The Pied Piper Of Hamelin (1985)

(starring Eric Idle as the "Pied Piper" who lures the rats and later the children out of the town of Hamelin)

  • Platypus Production, distributed by CBS/Fox - Playhouse Video, 6792 (ISBN 8616-26792-3), 47 minutes

National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

(with an appearance by Eric Idle as the "Bicycle Man" who continually has unfortunate run-ins with the Griswalds who are on a package holiday tour of Europe)

  • Warner Brothers, released by Warner Home Video, 11521 (ISBN 0-7907-0547-8), 94 minutes

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

(full-length animated feature film featuring the voice of Eric Idle as "Wreck Gar," leader of planet of junk robots with whom the Autobot Transformers seek refuge)

  • de Laurentis Entertainment Group, distributed by Family Home Entertainment, AVD 51034, 86 minutes
  • de Laurentis Entertainment Group, distributed by MCA Distribution Corporation, VFHE-26561 (ISBN 1-55658-106-8), 86 minutes

The Mikado (1987)

(the Gilbert and Sullivan musical set in the style of 19th century England; starring Eric Idle as "Ko-Ko," Lord High Executioner of the town of Titipu; it is aired on television for the first time on December 30, 1987, ITV; it is aired on Great Performances on PBS Television in the U.S. on October 28, 1988)

  • distributed by HBO Video/Thames Video Collection (1990), VHS 0339 (has also been cited as TS Video 146) (ISBN 1-55983-252-5), 131 minutes

Around The World In 80 Days (Part 1) (1989)

(based on the Jules Verne classic, this two-part version follows the daring exploits of Phileas Fogg, played by Pierce Brosnan, and Passepartout, played by Eric Idle, as they travel around the world as the result of a wager; the series first aired on NBC Television, April 16, 17, & 18, 1989)

  • distributed by Guild Home Video (U.K.), 8619, 139 minutes

Around The World In 80 Days (Part 2) (1989)

(based on the Jules Verne classic, this two-part version follows the daring exploits of Phileas Fogg, played by Pierce Brosnan, and Passepartout, played by Eric Idle, as they travel around the world as the result of a wager; the series first aired on NBC Television, April 16, 17, & 18, 1989)

  • distributed by Guild Home Video (U.K.), 8620, 127 minutes

Around The World In 80 Days (Parts 1 & 2) (1989)

(1996 U.S. video release of this NBC series starring Pierce Brosnan and Eric Idle; two video cassettes)

  • Harmony Gold Productions, distributed by Best Film & Video Corporation, 918 (ISBN 1-56480-224-8), 267 minutes

Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1989) (see Terry Gilliam)


Nuns on the Run (1990)

(two gangsters, Brian and Charlie, decide they will pull one last robbery and leave the country, only they mess up their getaway and end up hiding in a convent as nuns; starring Eric Idle as "Brian")

  • Twentieth Century-Fox/Handmade Films, distributed by CBS/Fox Video, 1830 (ISBN 0-7039-1830-8), 88 minutes

Too Much Sun (1990)

(a sexy comedy starring Eric Idle as "Sonny," the gay son of a recently deceased millionaire who must "produce" an heir in order to receive his inheritance; directed by Robert Downey, Sr. and premiered on Cinemax)

  • distributed by RCA/Columbia Tristar Home Video (1991), COL 90823 (ISBN 0-8001-0627-X), 98 minutes

Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)

(comedy film about a middle-age couple who are abducted to a far away planet inhabited by extremely stupid people; featuring Eric Idle as the "Emperor" of the planet Spengo)

  • Warner Brothers, Warner Brothers HBO Video, 90743 (ISBN 0-7831-0114-7), 88 minutes

Splitting Heirs (1993) (see John Cleese)


Missing Pieces (1993)

(Eric Idle plays "Wendel Murphy," an aspiring novelist, who receives a mysterious inheritance from his Chinese foster father; unfortunately, the bequest is concealed in a riddle which Wendel and his roomate, "Lou Heston" (played by Robert Wuhl), must solve, whilst avoiding a succession of sinister characters)

  • The Rank Organization/Aaron Russo Entertainment, distributed by Rank Film Distributors (U.K.), VC 3046, 89 minutes

Leon the Pig Farmer (1993)

(story of young Jewish man who finds that he is actually the son of a Yorkshire pig farmer through artificial insemination; featuring Connie Booth as "Yvonne Chadwick," the wife of a pig farmer; Eric Idle and Prominent Features are acknowledged in the credits)

  • distributed by Orion Home Video & Fox Lorber Home Video, OHV 1132V (ISBN 1-879482-99-1), 98 minutes
  • distributed by *** (U.K.), EP 0060, 98 minutes

One Foot In The Grave: Alive And Buried (1994)

(Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 5151 (U.K.), ** minutes

One Foot In The Grave: The Beast In The Cage (1994)

(Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple; Eric Idle also sings in "The Beast in the Cage" episode, as an irritated auto mechanic who leaves a cassette tape in Victor Meldrew's Honda)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 4972 (U.K.), ** minutes

One Foot In The Grave: In Luton Airport, No-One Can Hear You Scream (1990)

(includes "In Luton Airport, No-one Can Hear You Scream," "We Have Put Her Living in a Tomb," and "Dramatic Fever;" Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by CBS/Fox Video, 5965 (U.S.) (ISBN 0-7939-5965-9), 89 minutes
  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 4832 (U.K.)

One Foot In The Grave: Monday Morning Will Be Fine (1994)

(Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 4971 (U.K.), ** minutes

One Foot In The Grave: I'll Retire To Bedlam (1994)

(Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 5152 (U.K.), ** minutes

One Foot In The Grave: The Pit And The Pendulum (1994)

(Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 5298 (U.K.), ** minutes

One Foot In The Grave: Warm Champagne (1994)

(Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 5297 (U.K.), ** minutes

One Foot In The Grave: Who Will Buy? (1994)

(includes "Who Will Buy?," "Love and Death," and "Timeless Time;" Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 4833 (U.K.), 89 minutes

One Foot In The Grave: Who Will Buy? (1994)

(includes "Who Will Buy?," "Love and Death," and "Timeless Time;" Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by CBS/Fox Video, 5966 (U.S.), 89 minutes

One Foot In The Grave: Who's Listening?/Man In A Long... (1994)

(Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 5424 (U.K.), ** minutes

One Foot In The Grave: One Foot In The Algarve (1995)

(Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series about an elderly couple)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 5183 (U.K), ** minutes

The Complete One Foot In The Grave: Series 1 (1994)

(two cassettes; Eric Idle wrote and performed the theme song for this British television comedy series)

  • BBC Television, distributed by BBC Video, BBCV 5387 (U.K.), ** minutes

Casper (1995)

(based on the classic cartoons and comic books, this live-action version of "Casper: The Friendly Ghost" also stars Eric Idle. Idle plays "Dibs," the bumbling, sniveling companion of Carrigan Crittenden, the owner of the haunted Whipstaff Manor where Casper and his uncles live)

  • Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment, distributed by MCA/Universal Home Video, 82316 (ISBN 0-7832-1588-6) (U.S.), 101 minutes

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (1998)

(an animated musical based on the classic Christmas tale about the most famous reindeer of all; in this version, Rudolph leads a mission to rescue his friend Zoey from the evil witch Stormella; published on video after a brief theatrical release, this film stars John Goodman's voice as Santa Clause, Whoopi Goldberg as the Ice Queen Stormella, and Eric Idle as Slyly, a singing and cunning little fox; features the song "It Could be Worse" performed by Eric Idle)

  • Cayre Brothers, distributed by GoodTimes Entertainment, 05-77340 (ISBN 0-7662-0259-3) (U.S.), 90 minutes