Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals, Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz, for the Pirate of the Year Award. The quest takes the Captain and his crew from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
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The films imaginative plot scores points for its audacious re-writing of history. Gleefully casting respectable real-life figures as antagonists against a band of bumbling pirates is almost as radical as the historical fiction found in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, creating a context for anarchic fun. The story doesn't cut too deep or challenge the audience on any greater level, but the animation is incredible.
Funny as shit. This "kids" movie made me laugh louder than Bridesmaid or most recent comedies. The animation is stellar, which goes to show that Aardman should stick to claymation. I have a feeling if I saw the British version, this would work so much more for me. Look forward to seeing that.
While not as funny or insane as its source mineral (which I'm a die hard fan of) this movie is still hysterically funny, quite goofy and fun (probably because it's written by Defoe himself). I immensely enjoyed it and would love to see Aardman work with Defoe again. In the second half it completely deviates from the original story which was fine by me cause it just felt like a newer addition to the Pirate's story.
My rate: 70% - Really well done with the stop-motion and the backgrounds, it must've been an effort making it a feature. The story and the funny gags kept me fairly entertained aswell, but I thought it could've use more punch.
While it's funnier in the second half than in the first, Aardman's The Pirates is still one of the most entertaining muck-ups of history I've seen in a while, even using the three main forms of animation and bringing wackiness the Americans are too American to even think up.