The ghost of Hamlets father orders him to kill his uncle, and the easily distracted prince makes up a bunch of excuses to avoid doing it.
Hamlet A.D.D., directed by Bobby Ciraldo & Andrew Swant and produced by Special Entertainment, is a 2014 independent feature film and web series which re-imagines Shakespeare’s play as a bizarre and comical tour through the ages. The world premiere was held at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA LA) in April 2014.
This version of Hamlet is a comedy shot entirely in front of a green screen and features live-action characters in an animated world. The story begins in 1602 and leaps chronologically through time to the present, then into the distant future.
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), Mark Borchardt & Mike Schank (American Movie), Kumar Pallana (Rushmore), Leslie Hall (Yo Gabba Gabba), Samwell ("What What"), Tay Zonday (Chocolate Rain), Michael Q. Schmidt (Tim & Eric Awesome Show), and comic Gregg Turkington as his character Neil Hamburger (Tim & Eric Awesome Show).
Scenes from the film have been shown at White Columns gallery (New York), the Green Gallery (Milwaukee), the Frederick Layton Gallery (MIAD), INOVA gallery (UW-Milwaukee), and appeared as a special feature on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 XV box set. The film was supported by the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Artists.
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. From practicing stage acting in the 1800s to producing a television drama in the 1950s, from dancing at the discotheque in the 1970s to culinary prankery in the distant future, Hamlet always manages to find something to distract himself from taking revenge for his fathers murder.
Bobby Ciraldo as Hamlet
Robert Richard Jorge as Claudius
Andrew Swant as Horatio
Xav Leplae as Polonius
Harmony Murphy as Ophelia
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 Gravediggers 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
Laura Klein as Gertrude
David Robbins as Norwegian Captain
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
William Shakespeare wrote the story for Hamlet ADD and Hamlet. Hamlet 2 (2008). Hamlet Goes Business (1987). In the Bleak Midwinter (1995). Andrew Swant and Bobby Ciraldo directed Hamlet ADD and William Shatners Gonzo Ballet.