The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas

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The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas is an independent animated short film and a parody or satire of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" written and directed by John Wardlaw and animated by Adny Angrand. The film features the final performance of actor and voice over artist Jonathan Harris and co-stars Tress MacNeille. The film also features an original score by Gary Stockdale and music by director John Wardlaws' band Anti-m

Jonathan Harris[edit]

Written in 1997, the script was presented to Jonathan Harris in 1998 though it was not until 2000 that his voice work was actually recorded. Harris died in 2002, long before the film was completed making it his final performance. In 2006 an additional scene was added to the film and Jonathan Harris' former Lost In Space co-stars Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Marta Kristen added their voices to the film and the film was then dedicated in his memory.

Production and release[edit]

Completed in 2009 the film made its first appearance at the non-theatrical 2009 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival where it was honored with three awards. In 2010 it made its theatrical world premier in the home town of film-maker John Wardlaw at the 25th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).[1] Between December 2009 and December of 2011 the film played in 30 film festivals winning 13 awards. The Bolt made his final theatrical appearance at L’hybride in Lille France.

Considering the film features a cast from the TV series Lost In Space it was interesting that two of the films praises came from writers from the original series of Star Trek. "It had a great animation style, clever and slightly naughty story (well put together) and was totally enjoyable!" -D. C. Fontana[2] "I laughed my nuts off" -David Gerrold[3] In 2013 the film was working on a distribution deal.

Official Selections[edit]

Film Festival Year
Los Angeles Reel Film Festival (LARFF) 2009
Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) 2010
Da Vinci Film Festival 2010
Motor City Comic Con 2010
VSM (Very Short Movie) Film Festival 2010
Accolade Film Awards 2010
HollyShorts Film Festival 2010
Dragon Con Film Festival 2010
Nevada International Film Festival 2010
The Ventura Film Festival 2010
Ojai Film Festival 2010
deadCENTER Film Festival 2010
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival 2010
Spirit Quest Film Festival 2010
Los Angeles Comedy Festival 2010
In The Bin (Australia) 2010
Phoenix Film Festival 2010
FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood 2010
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2010
Burbank International Film Festival 2010
Animazing Spotlight Animated Shorts Festival 2010
Florida Supercon Geek Film Festival 2011
Victoria Independent Film Festival (Australia) 2011
The Indie Gathering 2011
Faux Film Festival 2011
Action On Film International Film Festival 2011
L’hybride (France)[4] 2011

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Awards[edit]

Award Festival / Year
2nd Place Best Animation[6] LARFF Los Angeles Reel Film Festival 2009
Best Animated Characters[7] LARFF Los Angeles Reel Film Festival 2009
Best Animation Story[8] LARFF Los Angeles Reel Film Festival 2009
VSM Excellence Award For Animation[9] VSM (Very Short Movie) Film Festival 2010
Accolade Award Of Merit for Animation[10] Accolade Film Awards 2010
Best Animated Comedy[11] Dragon Con 2010
3 Silver Telly Awards[12] The Telly Awards 2010
Best Animation [13] The Ventura Film Festival 2010
Best Animated Film[14] The Nevada Film Festival 2010
Best Animated Short Comedy[15] The Indie Gathering 2011
Best Of Faux Audience Choice Award[16] Faux Film Fest 2011
Nomination Best Animated Visuals[17] Los Angeles Reel Film Festival 2009
Nomination Best Animation Sound Design[18] Los Angeles Reel Film Festival 2009
Nomination Best Voice Over Jonathan Harris[19] Los Angeles Reel Film Festival 2009
Nomination Best Voice Over Tress MacNeille[20] Los Angeles Reel Film Festival 2009
Nomination Best Original Score[21] Los Angeles Reel Film Festival 2009

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