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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists


thepiratesAn unsuccessful pirate captain and his crew capture Charles Darwin who talks them into sailing to London for a contest that has a valuable prizeā€¦ but Queen Victoria has threatened to execute every pirate. Another fabulous Aardman movie, this time in 3D, with a smooth blend of stop-motion clay and computer animation. What makes it even more impressive is how much effort and love has gone into a movie with such a simple and silly storyā€¦ but it has immense charm and is easily one of the funniest animated films in years, cheerfully sending up what we think of as traditionally English (as always in Aardmanā€™s work). Hugh Grant is hilarious as the inept pirate captain.

2012-U.S.-Britain. Animated. 88 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced byĀ Julie Lockhart, Peter Lord, David Sproxton. Directed byĀ Peter Lord. Screenplay, Book: Gideon Defoe. Voices of Hugh Grant (Pirate Captain), Martin Freeman (Pirate with a Scarf), Imelda Staunton (Queen Victoria), David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayekā€¦ Brian Blessed, Anton Yelchin, Brendan Gleeson.

Trivia: U.S. title: The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Quote: “Behind every captain, there’s a crew. Sure, some of you are as ugly as a sea cucumber, some of you are closer to being a chair or coat rack than a pirate, and some of you are fish I’ve just dressed up in a hat…” (Grant)

Last word: “ā€˜Piratesā€™ was, to me, soĀ dramaticallyĀ attractive, it made a huge impact on me, I picked it up, read it, thought ‘By God, this isĀ brilliant! Not for aĀ veryĀ long time had I read anything that made me laugh out loud so much, so often. Thereā€™s a copy of it, somewhere, but God knows whereĀ (laughs)Ā somewhere in the studio thereā€™s my first copy, where Iā€™d just underlined funny bits ā€“ and the book isĀ coveredĀ in underlines, there are so many good ideas in it. In the case of ā€˜The Pirates!ā€™ it was theĀ worldĀ I wanted to adapt, rather than the story, I wanted to try and capture that extraordinary sense of humour that Gideon has.” (Lord, Skwigly)

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