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Death and the Salmon Mousse by EmperorNortonII Death and the Salmon Mousse by EmperorNortonII
Medium: Ink and colored pencil on paper
Here's another piece inspired by "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life." In this scene, the Grim Reaper crashes a little dinner party. Better stay away from the salmon mousse! :skull:
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:iconadamdeland:
AdamDeLand Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Botchulim: It's out there, and will kill you, even if you didn't eat it.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, that's how deadly it can be!
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Freakyfred224 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Iiiii...aaam...DEATH!
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:iconemperornortonii:
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:skullbones:
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ConstableParrot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
Ummm...but I didn't eat the salmon mousse
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That doesn't seem to matter to the Grim Reaper!
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ConstableParrot Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Hmmm, I suppose you're right. Oh well, afterall, every day is Christmas in heaven!:floating:
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SailorStephie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008   Writer
That scene's really funny!
British guy hosting dinner party:"Darling, you didn't use canned salmon? Did you?"
wife:"I'm most dreadfully embarrassed!"

and another scene from the same part:
*shoots gun as reaper turns* "Just...Testing."
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It sure is funny! :D
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pipe-organ-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Dear, you didn't use canned salmon, did you?




Love this scene! HG is my definite fave, but there are so many wonderful scenes in MoL. I can NOT watch that ending, though. Ugh! :fear: I have to turn it off at the end of this scene.

I really like your style. It's simple and vibrant, but you capture the characteristics of each person so well. Wonderful job!
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I pride myself on catching the characters as best I can!
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HanksBeanieHat Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
love this film
i love it when he has a go at the american

well your dead now, so shut up!
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:iconemperornortonii:
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You can't second-guess the Grim Reaper! :XD:
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HanksBeanieHat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Student Digital Artist
shut up! shut up you american! you always talk you americans! you talk and you talk and you say "let me tell you something" and "i just wanna say this" well your dead now so shut up!
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Tabascofanatikerin Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist
I like that simple style, the face got so great and expressive :)
One of the best scenes of this not-soooo-good MP movie "Hey, I didn't eat the mouse!" :lol:
:+fav:
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I admit, this isn't my favorite Monty Python movie. My favorite is And Now For Something Completely Different. But I like it better than The Life of Brian!
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Tabascofanatikerin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Hobbyist
I can understand you, MoL isn't my favourite Python movie as well.
My favourite one is Life of Brian, then comes Quest for the holy grail, then And now for something completely different and then Life at the Hollywood Bowl ;)
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess Meaning of Life comes last with you?
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:icontabascofanatikerin:
Tabascofanatikerin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Hobbyist
Well, yeah.
But I still like your picture, the movie has its good scenes, too ;)
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diversdream Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
91 EXT. COUNTRYSIDE DUSK 91

A Seventh Seal chunk of countryside.
Bare windswept trees starkly silhouetted against the ... oh you know.
Lots of good sound effects too, howling wind, howling dogs, howling
sabre-toothed fieldmice.

Suddenly we see the GRIM REAPER.

He is hooded, is in a black cloak with a sackcloth jockstrap,
and bearing ... a scythe.
We follow his progress.

After a few moments, during which he passes various Bosch-
Gilliam sights, he approches a house which we must be able
to take for medieval.
He comes to the door, pauses and knocks.
Another pause.
He starts to knock again and the door opens.

92 EXT. COTTAGE DUSK LOCATION 92

We see a fleshy pallid CITY-GENT TYPE in a suit.
From inside the house come the sounds of a dinner party.
The CITY-GENT stands in the doorway.
His name is GEOFFREY.

GEOFFREY Yes?

Pause.

The REAPER breathes death-rattlingly.

Is it about the hedge?

More breathing.

Look, I'm awfully sorry but ...

GRIM REAPER I am the Grim Reaper.

GEOFFREY Who?

GRIM REAPER The Grim Reaper.

GEOFFREY Yes I see ...

GRIM REAPER I am Death.

GEOFFREY Yes well, the thing is, we've got a rather important dinner party on
tonight, people from America -

GEOFFREY'S WIFE, ANGELA, is coming to see who is at the door.

She calls: ANGELA Who is it darling?

GEOFFREY It's a Mr Death or something about the reaping ...
(to Reaper)
Look I don't think we need any at the moment.

ANGELA (appearing) Hallo. Don't keep him on the doorstep Geoffrey, ask him in.

GEOFFREY Darling I don't think it's quite the moment ...

ANGELA Do come in please, come and have a drink, do.

93 INT. COTTAGE DUSK 93

She turns and waks back into the dining area.
GEOFFREY and GRIM REAPER follow.

ANGELA (to guests)
It's one of the little men from the village ...
come on in, this is Howard Katzenberg from Philadelphia ...

KATZENBERG Hi.

ANGELA And his wife Debbie.

DEBBIE Hallo there.

ANGELA And these are the Portland Smythes,Jeremy and Fiona.
This is Mr Death.

JEREMY How do you do?

FIONA Good evening.

There is a slightly awkward pause.

ANGELA Well get Mr Death a drink darling.

The GRIM REAPER looks a little startled as the HUSBAND moves to do so.

Mr Death is a reaper.

GRIM REAPER The Grim Reaper.

ANGELA Not suprising in this cold, ha.

KATZENBERG You still reap around here do you, Mr Death?

GRIM REAPER I am the Grim Reaper.

GEOFFREY (sotto voice) That's about all he says ...
(loudly) There's your drink Mr Death.

We were just talking about this awful business in Guatemala ...

ANGELA Do sit down.

JEREMY Stilton? It's awfully good.

The GRIM REAPER knocks the glass off the table.
Startled silence.

ANGELA Would you prefer white? I'm afraid we haven't any beer.

GRIM REAPER I am not of this world.

He walks into the middle of the table.
Cries of surprise.
Some of them leap to their feet.

GEOFFREY Good Lord!

KATZENBERG Jesus Christ!

Pause.
The penny is beginning to drop.

GRIM REAPER I am Death.

DEBBIE Isn't that extraordinary? I mean we were just talking about death only
five minutes ago.

Yes we were.
You know, whether death is really ... the end ...

DEBBIE

As my husband believes for example ...
or whether there is ...
well one hates to use words like soul or spirit, they're so hackneyed.

JEREMY Yes but what other words can ...

GEOFFREY Exactly ...

GRIM REAPER You do not understand.

DEBBIE ... Of course not, obviously ...

FIONA But we're absolutely fascinated ...

JEREMY Hear hear.

KATZENBERG Let me tell you something, Mr Death ...

GRIM REAPER You do not understand!!!

KATZENBERG Just one moment. I want to express on behalf of everyone here, what a unique opportunity this is ...

JEREMY Hear hear.

KATZENBERG And I mean this most sincerely ...

ANGELA We're so delighted you dropped in,do please ...

KATZENBERG Can I finish one moment ...

DEBBIE Mr Death is there an afterlife!?

KATZENBERG Dear if you could just wait ...

ANGELA Are you sure you wouldn't ...

KATZENBERG Angela, allow me just to say this ...

GRIM REAPER Be quiet!

Pause.

I have something to tell you all.

KATZENBERG Can I just say this at this time ...

GRIM REAPER Shut up!!! I have come for you.

Pause as this sinks in.
Sidelong glances.
A stifled fart.

ANGELA... You mean ... to ...

GRIM REAPER To take you away. That is my purpose. I am Death.

GEOFFREY Well that's cast rather a gloom over the evening hasn't it?

KATZENBERG Now let's just talk about this a moment.
Let me just say this, to you, most sincerely at this time -

GRIM REAPER

Shut up! Shut up you American.
You always talk, you Americans, you do nothing but talk and talk and say
'Let me tell you something' and
'I just wanna say this'.

Well you're dead now, so shut up.

KATZENBERG Dead?

GRIM REAPER Shut up!!! ...
All of you, dead!

ALL All of us???

GEOFFREY... Look ... how can all of us have died at the same time?

GRIM REAPER (pointing) The salmon mousse!
They all goggle.

GEOFFREY (to Angela) Darling you didn't use tinned salmon ...

ANGELA (unbelievably embarrassed) Oh I'm dreadfully embarrassed ...

GRIM REAPER So now you must all follow me ...

They start to rise from the table.

ANGELA The fishmonger promised me he'd have some fresh salmon, but ...

GEOFFREY Now just look here. I mean you just barge in here, quite uninvited, you knock over glasses and then you announce quite casually that we're
all dead. Well I would remind you that you that you are a guest in this house
and ...

Suddenly GEOFFREY can't speak any more, he holds his throat as the GRIM REAPER points at him.

GRIM REAPER Silence! You English, you're all so fucking pompous.

GEOFFREY is released from the spell.
He suddenly runs forward with a revolver.
He looses six shots at the GRIM REAPER from about three feet.
They pass through him.
Pause.
EVERYONE is rather embarrassed.

GEOFFREY Sorry.
Just ... checking ... sorry ...

GRIM REAPER Come!!

JEREMY Can we bring our glasses?

He turns and goes towards the front door.
The GUESTS follow,some of them grabbing a last slice of cheese or filling up
their glasses.

94 EXT. COTTAGE DUSK LOCATION 94

From the exterior they appear fllowing after the GRIM REAPER.
We hear their voices faintly above the howling of the grass.

JERMY Shall we take our cars?

GEOFFREY Why not?

KATZENBERG I have to say that's a pretty damn good idea in my book.
I remember when I was in Paris one time ...

CUT TO the GRIM REAPER dancing along the skyline followed

by Volvos, Porches and Jensens.

DEATH suddenly stops.

There is a very very mild multiple pile-up.

We hear murmured apologies and they get out and examine the dents.

Suddenly we see DEATH ascending into the sky.

The OTHERS get back into their cars and start to follow

after him.

Up to the sky.

The cars follow DEATH up and up and eventually disappear
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Superstar2702 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well that wasn't long at all was it?
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish I could have included the Grim Reaper's sackcloth codpiece in this pic. Not that I'm a pervert or anything, it just would have been funny! ;)
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diversdream Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
grins
yup
i agree..
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Imagine-Love Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Ah, this scene was great! They all wondered how they all died at the same time. XD

Death moves his hand and points to a food. "The Salmon Mousse."

Glad to see another Monty Python fan!
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Stapling machine! :wave:
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DerangedGenius Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
Best Python movie. Ever.

"I didn't even have the salmon mousse!"
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:iconemperornortonii:
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Apparently, that didn't make a difference to the Grim Reaper! :skull:
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SquishyK Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
Hee, hee... Just thinking about this scene makes me grin.

Great job with the expressions and character designs. I recognize each one of them.

PS: Funny story... One day after I had watched Meaning of Life, my mom made salmon mousse for dinner. With canned salmon. :XD: Needless to say, I didn't eat much. Just thought I'd share since it made me laugh. :D
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Salmon mousse for dinner after seeing "The Meaning of Life"? What are the odds? :lmao: Thanks for commenting! :D
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Itchyscratchy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
That's one of my favorite scenes from that film. I like the style you drew the characters in.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I always try and capture the scenes as best as I can!
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Burba Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006
Hohoho, I haven't seen that one, though most hilarious all the salmon.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
You oughta check it out some time!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is seriously one of my favorite Monty Python moments ever. You got the shape of the characters' faces down too. I can definately tell who is who.l
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:! I'm glad you like it so!
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KagomeResurrected Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006
Salmon mousse :fear:
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:iconemperornortonii:
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I wouldn't touch salmon mousse myself!
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SabreWolfQueen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006
Love it!! Love how you color your pieces^^
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Jannelle! It's a good deal of work using my colored pencils, but I get the job done!
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Zorgia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, great use of the expression!
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Mario! :)
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Zorgia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem Jeff :)
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NerdsRule07 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006
BEST. SCENE. EVER.
"You Englishmen you're all so f-cking pompous, none of you have got any balls!"
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Judging from your quote, I can see why you liked this one! :D
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TwilightFalcon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006
Bwahahahaha!! Did you catch the Monty Python special on PBS the other night?
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:iconemperornortonii:
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I only saw part of it. Yeah, I suck. :(
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TwilightFalcon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006
Heh, I missed it completely...I'm just that talented.
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ErinHunting Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
You love this film don't ya? ;) Lovely dedication to it again-I like the general setup & characters too.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
It's not my favorite Monty Python movie, but I do like it!
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scarymonkey Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006
I remember this part.The characters and objects translated very well into your style!
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