Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Movie: The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
Animation, Adventure, Comedy


I love a good cartoon, like most people, and this style of animation fascinates me. It's made by Aardman Animations, the same people who make Wallace and Gromit, which you can probably tell from just the opening scene. This is a stop-motion clay animation and all of these characters are real little plasticine models! How cool is that? I cannot believe how smart people are to think of these kinds of things, amazing!

As with most animations these days, The Pirates! pulls an awesome English cast including Hugh Grant (Notting Hill), Martin Freeman (Sherlock - awesome show!), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Salma Hayek (Desperado), Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Brendan Gleeson (Safe House) and Lenny Henry, whose voice I recognise all over the place but you'd all know him as the Shrunken Head from Harry Potter, love it!

The story itself is set in the 1800's in England when Queen Victoria owned most of the sea....except for the Pirates of course! Pirate Captain (Grant) is desperate to win Pirate of the Year. He happens to come across Charles Darwin's ship who instantly recognises that the ships parrot, Polly, is not actually a parrot but the very last Dodo in existence and promptly tries to steal her!

What ensues is hilariousness! Fun for both kids and adults, wouldn't mind watching again.

3 out of 5 dodo's...
[Quote] "You've let me down Charles, and to be frank, your nose is too small for your face." - Pirate Captain