Final Film Of Jonathan Harris Makes World Premiere At The 2010 SBIFF

SANTA BARBARA, California (January 19, 2010) – Filmmaker John Wardlaw will premiere his animated short film, The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas, at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). The film features voice work by actor Jonathan Harris who narrates the film and voices the Grinch-like character of “The Bolt”.

Harris (A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2), who may be best known for his role of “Dr. Smith” in the TV series Lost In Space, passed away not long after his recording session with Mr. Wardlaw, making The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas his final film. Harris was a “Best Animation Voice Over (Male) Nominee for his performance of “The Bolt” in the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival (LARFF 2009).

Set in the town of Screwville, the holiday parody features a memorable  set of characters voiced by Tress MacNeille (Simpsons, Futurama) and Harris’ Lost in Space co-stars Angela Cartwright, Marta Kristen and Bill Mumy. This is not the first time that Santa Barbara based filmmaker John  Wardlaw has had a film in the SBIFF. His film “Chessmaster Theatre” was featured in the 1995 SBIFF, won a Bronze Telly Award and toured the world with the Spike and Mike Festival of Animation.

Nominated for awards in nine categories in the 2009 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival and winning Best Animated Concept, Best Animated Characters and second place for Best Animation, The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas will make its theatrical world premiere as part of “SB Animations” during the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The first screening will be on Saturday February 6th, 6:30pm at Victoria Hall Theatre. The second screening will be on Tuesday, February 9th, 4:45pm at the Metro 4 Theatre IV. Visit the SBIFF web site for more details.

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Haiti Earthquake Disaster

Whilst our focus is on fictional disaster stories and adventures, real life tragedies continue around us and we witness the brave efforts of millions who step in to help others, be they strangers, neighbours, friends, or family.  The UN have confirmed today that the Haiti earthquake is the most severe disaster they have ever encountered.

If you have been as moved as we have by the news coming through from Haiti, you can help in many different ways.  There are several reputable organisations you can donate to where donations go direct to those most in need, and we’ll list some links below.  If you don’t have funds to spare, you can donate things like clothes, household items, toys and books to charity stores such as Oxfam and they can use these items to raise money to help the people most affected by these disasters.

We can never forget that whilst the current focus is on the Haitian disaster, there are ongoing humanitarian disasters around the world that these organisations assist with every day of the year.  Like other disasters before, Haiti will need on-going support in the coming years to rebuild its infrastructure.

British Red Cross

American Red Cross

World Vision


Nuclear Hurricane – Irwin Allen References

Watched a TV disaster movie earlier called Nuclear Hurricane with Jack Scalia and there was definitely evidence of the Irwin Allen influence.  Not only was the nuclear facility in the movie named “Seaview”, but there was also the use of the phrase “Danger Will Robinson” as a character tackled an out of control computer.

Have you seen or heard any other Irwin Allen phrases and references in other movies?  If so, please do let us know.