The Pirates! Band of Misfits

(KTSF by Sean Au)

Pirates take center stage in the new British animation feature from the team behind “Wallace & Gromit.”

We follow the quest of the Pirate Captain (yes, that is his name, voiced by Hugh Grant) to go after the “Pirate of the Year” award. The Pirate Captain leads a carefree life with his circle of bandits of the sea, but has never won the coveted award. His confidence to win this year is, however, extinguished by the more impressive booty that other pirates show up with.

Just as Pirate Captain picks himself up to rob other ships, he comes across the ship of Charles Darwin, which does not have much gold. Darwin tells the Pirate Captain that his pet bird is, in actually fact, the dodo, which is believed to be extinct. Darwin convinces him to bring the bird to Queen Victoria, who is certain to reward the Captain with his rare find. The Captain’s face now shines with renewed hope to win the “Pirate of the Year” award with a possible reward from the queen, but his decision to take his team to London would have them face unprecedented dangers

Considered by some to be Britain’s national treasure, Aardman Animations, has amazed audiences around the world with the “Wallace & Gromit” series. Their foray to Hollywood with “Chicken Run” came with moderate success. With most American animation now boasting the power of computers, the tedious claymation animation process becomes a respectable artform.

Every frame is filled with visual details and the story comes with a imaginative, creative spin on the relationship between the queen and the pirates. Especially impressive and hilarious are the 2D animation sequences involving the use of maps. Here is a movie where you can feel the fun the filmmakers have while making it. This is a comedy that is fit for all ages.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

(Copyright 2012 KTSF. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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