About

Hamlet 4 panelHam­let A.D.D. is a fea­ture film which re-imagines Shakespeare’s time­less play as a bizarre and comedic tour through the ages.  The film was writ­ten, direct­ed, pro­duced by, and stars Bob­by Ciral­do & Andrew Swant of Spe­cial Enter­tain­ment. The world pre­miere took place at the Los Ange­les Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art (LA MOCA) in April 2014. For pho­tos from the event go HERE!

Ham­let is an eas­i­ly dis­tract­ed prince who is not quite ready  to do the task at hand.  Chal­lenged to kill his uncle Claudius by the ghost of his recent­ly dead dad, Ham­let enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly pro­ceeds to do every­thing but. The epic sto­ry begins in 1601 and leaps chrono­log­i­cal­ly through time to the present, then into the dis­tant future. From prac­tic­ing stage act­ing in the 1800s to pro­duc­ing a tele­vi­sion dra­ma in the 1950s, from danc­ing at the dis­cothèque in the 1970s to culi­nary prankery in the dis­tant future, Ham­let always man­ages to find some­thing to dis­tract him­self from tak­ing revenge for his father’s mur­der.

This visu­al­ly stun­ning film fea­tures live-action char­ac­ters in a col­or­ful car­toon world.

Dustin Diamond as Bernardo

Dustin Dia­mond as Bernar­do

Guest stars include Dustin Dia­mond (Saved by the Bell), Mark Met­calf (Ani­mal House), Majel Bar­rett Rod­den­ber­ry (Star Trek), Trace Beaulieu & Kev­in Mur­phy (Mys­tery Sci­ence The­ater 3000), Kumar Pal­lana (Rush­moreRoy­al Tenen­baums), Mark Bor­chardt & Mike Schank (Amer­i­can Movie), Tay Zon­day (Choco­late Rain), Leslie Hall (Yo Gab­ba Gab­ba), Samwell (What What In The Butt), Michael Q. Schmidt (Tim & Eric Awe­some Show), and leg­endary come­di­an Neil Ham­burg­er (Enter­tain­ment).

“Shake­speare like you have nev­er expe­ri­enced it before. In their visu­al­ly stun­ning, end­less­ly inven­tive car­toon world, Ciral­do and Swant cast stars of a vibrant arts com­mu­ni­ty alongside inter­net celebri­ties and absur­dist come­di­ans.”
Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art Los Ange­les (LA MOCA)

“Ciral­do and Swant allowed me to ‘scrub through’ a num­ber of sce­nes of the film with them in their stu­dio recent­ly. I was beside myself with gig­gles, like a mis­be­hav­ing school­girl … I saw evi­dence of some pret­ty nim­ble, if imp­ish, lit­er­ary and social crit­i­cism. It’s odd­ly true to the text, though rad­i­cal­ly trans­formed with its lay­er­ing of ref­er­ences, its tone and pac­ing.”
— Mary Louise Schu­macher, Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel

For an in-depth arti­cle about the mak­ing of Ham­let A.D.D. go HERE.

A clip from the film appears as a spe­cial fea­ture on the Mys­tery Sci­ence The­ater 3000: XV box set and crit­ics had this to say:

ophelia in space - side view“A very odd clip…”
— Ain’t It Cool News

“Bizarre…”
— Film­Crit­ic

“A strange pre­view…”
— Fan­go­ria

“Per­haps the weird­est fea­ture … I’m not quite sure what type of movie this will be.”
— Metro­Mix

“Quite peculiar…and quite enter­tain­ing.”
— Pop­Mat­ters

“A cool-looking reimag­in­ing of the clas­sic.”
— DVD Ver­dict

“This is going to be cool and bizarre.”
— Weird Movies

ADVANCED PRESS

“Looks epic (and epi­cal­ly insane!)”
The Onion A.V. Club

“Ambi­tious and bat-shit … pos­si­bly the most tripped-out Ham­let adap­ta­tion ever.”
Express Mil­wau­kee

Robert Richard Jorge as King Claudius

Robert Richard Jorge as King Claudius

CREDITS

A Spe­cial Enter­tain­ment Film
by Bob­by Ciral­do & Andrew Swant

Exec­u­tive Pro­duced by
Bob­by Ciral­do
Michael Drescher
Andrew Swant
Jack Turn­er

Star­ring
Bob­by Ciral­do as Ham­let
Robert Richard Jorge as Claudius
Andrew Swant as Hor­a­tio
Dustin Dia­mond as Bernar­do
Mark Met­calf as Speedy McSpit­ty
Majel Bar­rett Rod­den­ber­ry as Queen Robot (voice)
Trace Beaulieu as Evil Robot (voice)
Kev­in Mur­phy as King Robot (voice)
Mark Bor­chardt as Gravedig­ger
Mike Schank as Gravedigger’s Friend
Kumar Pal­lana as Kumar
Neil Ham­burg­er as Osric
Michael Q. Schmidt as Offi­cer Nor­ton
Samwell as Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer
Tay Zon­day as Laertes (voice)
Leslie Hall as Zom­bie Killer
David Rob­bins as Nor­we­gian Cap­tain
Xav Lep­lae as Polo­nius
Har­mony Mur­phy as Ophe­lia
Lau­ra Klein as Gertrude
Jerod Duris as Laertes
Eric Ziegeweid as Rosen­stern
Eric Ger­ber as Fort­in­bras
Sarah Price as Triplet Judges
Scott Reed­er as Don Lon­don
Drew Rosas as Daniel / Nathaniel

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