The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits

From Aardman Studios (Wallace and Gromit), a stop-frame animated pirate adventure-comedy featuring the voice talent of Hugh Grant, Jeremy Piven, Martin Freeman and Salma Hayek.

This is the high sea tales of a hapless band of pirates, lead by the incompetent Pirate Captain (Grant). Captain and his crew battle Black Bellamy (Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Hayek) in the fearsome 'Pirate of the Year' competition. On route, the met a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant) and battle Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton).

Based on the first two The Pirates! books - In an Adventure with Scientists and In an Adventure with Whaling - in the cult series by Gideon Defore (who also wrote the screenplay).

2012Rating: G88 minsUK, USA
AdventureAnimatedComedyKids & Family
72%
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Reviews & comments

Disappointing from Aardman

Technically brilliant, the models are beautiful, the sets are stunning, the depth and detail is staggering ... but, all the jokes are crammed in to the two minute trailer, the story is poor, the pacing is sluggish and the characters are uninteresting. I'm a big Aardman fan and this is sadly nowhere near as clever as Wallace & Gromit or as funny as Chicken...

2.0
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Variety

Variety

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After dipping its toes into pure CG animation for Arthur Christmas, Aardman integrates its feted old-school stop-motion technique with top-drawer visual effects to create the irrepressibly amusing The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Though we’d love to see how Aardman handle Defoe’s followup, An Adventure With Communists, this amiable but overstretched diversion is unlikely to spawn a Caribbean franchise.

3.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is effortlessly and unassumingly funny - and terrifically smart.

4.0
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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Slick, sharp, funny and thrilling. Pirates! is never less than tremendous fun - but never quite a masterpiece.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A delightful romp whose varied pleasures should please kids all along the age spectrum.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Another Aardman triumph. The animation house’s most technically ambitious project so far and, if not quite at the genius level of Wallace & Gromit, still a comedy treasure and far too good just for kids.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

After dipping its toes into pure CG animation for Arthur Christmas, Aardman integrates its feted old-school stop-motion technique with top-drawer visual effects to create the irrepressibly amusing The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Though we’d love to see how Aardman handle Defoe’s followup, An Adventure With Communists, this amiable but overstretched diversion is unlikely to spawn a Caribbean franchise.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is effortlessly and unassumingly funny - and terrifically smart.

4.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Slick, sharp, funny and thrilling. Pirates! is never less than tremendous fun - but never quite a masterpiece.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A delightful romp whose varied pleasures should please kids all along the age spectrum.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Another Aardman triumph. The animation house’s most technically ambitious project so far and, if not quite at the genius level of Wallace & Gromit, still a comedy treasure and far too good just for kids.

4.0
0

Disappointing from Aardman

Technically brilliant, the models are beautiful, the sets are stunning, the depth and detail is staggering ... but, all the jokes are crammed in to the two minute trailer, the story is poor, the pacing is sluggish and the characters are uninteresting. I'm a big Aardman fan and this is sadly nowhere near as clever as Wallace & Gromit or as funny as Chicken...

2.0
0