A tribute special to the Monty Python comedy group, produced in 1989 and originally broadcast by the BBC on 5th October of that year (the 20th anniversary of the debut of the group's television series, Monty Python's Flying Circus). It was compiled by John Lloyd. It was hosted by Steve Martin, who introduced several sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus, as well as some sketches from the German remake Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus. True to its title, the popular Dead Parrot sketch was not included.
Sandy Vantine and her uncle, Paul Vantine, return from Europe with an antique cabinet purchased during their trip. Jim Moore, a reporter who had met Sandy and fallen for her during the voyage, suspects something odd about the cabinet. His suspicions are confirmed when people who have touched the cabinet mysteriously die. Jim and Sandy set out to solve the mystery before anyone else can become a victim.
The film starts with the retelling of the legend of the bloody parrot, which apparently comes to earth on the devil king’s birthday and grants three wishes to anyone who finds it. As is usually the case, these wishes turn sour for poor Guo Fan, an official whose neck is on the line for losing the fabled treasure of Dian and who asks the sinister bird for their return. They do, though soon after his son dies, after which they promptly disappear again, leading to bloodshed and tragedy. Word of the fabled treasure spreads throughout the martial arts world and many fighters seek out the parrot, which it is said will lead them to the riches.
Exotic beauty, outrageous intelligence, and remarkably advanced language skills have made parrots one of the world's most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. Their hard-wired ear-shattering squawks, and unpredictable behavior are designed for the rainforest, not for captivity. An intense need to bond, complex emotional lives, and the ability to reach ages of up to 80 or 90 years complicate the equation further. Sooner or later, many owners come to the conclusion that they have taken on a more difficult challenge than they can handle, and turn to already overcrowded shelters and sanctuaries for help.