The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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"After more than 25 years in the making... and unmaking..." Terry Gilliam returned to Brandt Animation once again for his epically long-awaited film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

The film opens with an ancient book in Quixote's library, showing the text that accompanies Jonathan Pryce's introductory monologue. The layout was designed to feel like the

original 1605 edition of de Cervantes's book, and printed onto a blank page in one of Gilliam's antique books for the shoot.

The design of Don Quixote's signature required testing inks, nibs, papers and styles to get a feel that both reflects his character and works well in the shot. The animation invokes the turns and beats of a flamenco dancer, and the swish of a sword-tip.


The end titles and credit roller were dressed with elements from Gustave Doré's 19th century illustrations of the story, negated to white-on-black. They required significant reworking, as many areas didn't work in negative. A lot of replacement elements were created in Doré's style to make the images work.