R ye sailing to the movies this Friday? See sick 3D adventures of the Pirates: Band of Misfits crew in their quest for booty. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is the misadventures of two ambitious men out to win the ultimate prizes in their fields. One, The Pirate Captain out for the “Pirate of the Year” award, and the other, scientist Charles Darwin determined to captivate his love interest Queen Victoria by winning the most stand-out discovery at a Science Symposium.
The stop-motion puppetry was crafted by the leading artists in this field of “Aardman Animations” for Sony Pictures Animation in 3D. They last left us with “Arthur Christmas” which was a very good memory. Directed by Peter Lord, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a stunning achievement in visual stop-motion, though some movements are jumpy.
Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” here.
The story of a self-absorbed Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) takes his crew of misfits along with Charles Darwin across the seas to London where the Captain expects to win a vast amount of monetary prize promised to him by Darwin by simply showing off his Parrot, which is really the extremely rare Dodo Bird. The Pirate’s plan is to show off his won booty prize to his villainous competitors – Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass (Selma Hayek) to squeeze them out of the Pirate of the Year Award. Amongst fighting each other over possession of the extinct bird, they must also face Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) who has her own unique agenda for the bird.
When things take an unexpected turn for the worse, the Pirate and Darwin return to their paths of finding riches to validate their successes in life. They both soon find out that the treasures they have don’t consist of something they can count. This stop-motion 3D adventure of a Pirate’s search for the ultimate booty leads to a surprising discovery of unmeasurable wealth.
This animated feature takes place in the 1800 with cameos from real-life figures such as author Jane Eyre and the Elephant Man both present in London during the 1800s. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a fun chaotic, slapstick kind of toony-like movie that children should enjoy. However, the time frame inconsistencies made for little annoyances during viewing. Time inappropriate references to Elvis, and urban slang were among the few. Much care and detail were put into the visuals of this story but where sound is concerned, not so much. The talents of actors Jeremy Piven (Entourage) and Spanish sex symbol actress Selma Hayek (Pirates of the Caribbean) were both under-utilized.
Audiences will be able to sail the high seas and see for themselves a first-hand experience of “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” when it opens in theaters in 3D on Friday, April 27, 2012.