The Butterfly Ball (and the Grasshopper's Feast)
August 1, 2008 5:15 AM Subscribe
In 1975, Roger Glover
of Deep Purple
staged a rock opera
based on William Roscoe
's poem "The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast"
. (The book had been reprinted the previous year, with illustrations by popular record sleeve artist Alan Aldridge
The performance -- which featured such talent as Judi Dench, Vincent Price, Twiggy, and Ronnie James Dio (!) -- and subsequent recording met with enough interest that British animation company Halas
had planned a feature-length animated adaptation. While the full animated movie never materialized, a Max Fleischer
-influenced three-minute short accompanying the opening song, "Love is All"
, was broadcast frequently around the world. (Stateside viewers might remember it from such disparate programs as"The Great Space Coaster"
and, uh, "Night Flight"
.) [Previously on MeFi: Alan Aldridge.
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