Finishing funds for Hamlet ADD, a feature film which re-imagines Shakespeare’s timeless play as a comical escapade through the ages!
HAMLET A.D.D. will be a visually stunning adaptation of Hamlet featuring live-action characters in a colorful, hand-drawn cartoon world and many time periods. All actors were shot entirely in front of a green-screen. There are castles, spaceships, pirates, cowboys, robots, exciting duels, and even a musical number!
It stars and was created by us, Bobby Ciraldo & Andrew Swant (aka SPECIAL Entertainment), whose previous works include WILLIAM SHATNER’S GONZO BALLET, an award-winning feature distributed by Epix (Paramount/Lionsgate/MGM) starring William Shatner and Ben Folds; and the YouTube phenomenon WHAT WHAT (IN THE BUTT), which has been viewed over 50 million times to date.
Hamlet is an easily distracted prince who just wants to have fun. When his dad’s ghost begs him to take revenge against Uncle Claudius for his murder, Hamlet proceeds with gusto to do everything but. From practicing theatre acting in the 1800s to producing a sci-fi TV-show in the 1950s, from showing off at the disco in the 1970s to an infinite workout-montage in the far distant future, young Hamlet always manages to find something new to distract himself from the task at hand. Postponing the inevitable until the very end of space-time itself, Hamlet learns the hard way that when you procrastinate, everyone dies. Or do they?
Beyond the faithful rendering of Shakespeare’s original story, a mysterious outer-story lurks… How can these characters survive throughout such great lengths of time, never aging? Why do they sometimes experience strange déjà vu and false memories? Why does Hamlet’s best friend Horatio always know what will happen next? The final moments of HAMLET A.D.D. deliver some surprising answers to these questions, yet reveal even more mysteries…
Multiple Time Periods
Since other adaptations of Hamlet have always been stuck in single time-periods, and since Shakespeare is also known as a “man for all time,” we wanted to set our version in a continuum of time-periods, past, present, & future.
The story begins in 1601 A.D. (when the original was first performed) and proceeds through the ages as the plot unfolds. By the time of Hamlet’s climactic duel with Laertes at the end of the story, time has progressed all the way to The Big Crunch (the opposite of The Big Bang). There's quite a bit to take in throughout!
SPECIAL Guest Stars
Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Star Trek, Next Gen) as Queen Robot (voice)
Dustin Diamond (Saved By The Bell) as Bernardo
Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as McSpitty
Trace Beaulieu (MST3K, Freaks & Geeks) as Evil Robot (voice)
Kevin Murphy (Mystery Science Theater 3000) as King Robot (voice)
Neil Hamburger (Tenacious D, Tim & Eric Awesome Show) as Osric
Kumar Pallana (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) as Kumar of India
Mark Borchardt (Sundance winner American Movie) as The Gravedigger
Mike Schank (American Movie, Letterman) as The Gravedigger’s Friend
Tay Zonday (YouTube’s Chocolate Rain) as Laertes (voice)
Samwell (YouTube’s What What In the Butt, Tosh.0) as Officer Aruhu
Leslie Hall (Gem Sweater, Yo Gabba Gabba) as The Zombie Killer
Michael Q Schmidt (Tim & Eric Awesome Show) as Officer Norton
Andrew Swant (played Dahmer in The Jeffrey Dahmer Files) as Horatio
OUR PREVIOUS PROJECTS INCLUDE:
The ON CINEMA FILM GUIDE app with Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric Awesome Show) and Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger); the production of MODUS OPERANDI, a feature distributed by Kino starring Danny Trejo; a line of highly rated iPhone Apps called SHAKY ADVICE; THE ROBOT MOUSETRAP, shown at White Columns gallery in New York; ZOMBIE KILLER, a music video for Leslie & The Lys (featuring guest vocals by Elvira); SOMETHING THEATER, a broadcast television series that aired in Southwestern Wisconsin on The CW network; THE FOUND FOOTAGE SHOW, which aired on The Onion’s A.V. Club website; and production work on THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL, a television pilot financed by the Sundance Channel. And of course WHAT WHAT IN THE BUTT and WILLIAM SHATNER'S GONZO BALLET !
We've paid out-of-pocket for everything up until this point, but pretty dang low on funds and need some help getting to the finish line. The finishing funds will go towards:
Two additional CGI artists
Music composition and recording
An extra render computer
Festival submission fees
Our Kickstarter video is a loving, near shot-for-shot homage to Pixar's "Inside Pixar Animation Studios" which was included as a bonus feature on their Monster's, Inc. DVD:
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We have to get the project done by the premiere in February, so there's a very firm deadline in place! The whole movie is shot, so we won't have to worry about shooting delays. Everything is backed up, so we won't have to worry about losing any work. If there are setbacks for any reason we'll have to cut back on sleep, but we'll do whatever it takes to get this thing done on time! The theater is reserved and the premiere will be announced in the coming days, so there's no turning back!
Definitely. We stick to the basic plot probably more so than most adaptations of Hamlet.
No, unless by accident. We simplified a lot of the redundancy and modernized certain words where necessary. The accent is more Midwest American than British.
Since we pretty much stick to the original plot, on paper this story is still a tragedy in which most people experience death. But we handled the execution is such a way that it appears to be a comedy at the filmakers' expense: a comedy of poor choices. Kind of similar to the way our What What in the Butt video works. One might ask, Is What What in the Butt a comedy or a tragedy?
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