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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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.
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 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.
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.
In your face, Jack Sparrow ... sorry ... Captain Jack Sparrow: DAS sind Piraten! Wieder mal ein Stop-Motion-Kleinod aus dem Hause Aardman, das vielleicht eine etwas bessere Geschichte hätte vertragen können. Trotzdem wunderbare Unterhaltung.
A family movie that has a very simple plot, but nevertheless it was hilarious and very charming. Great voice cast too; I could hardly believe the Pirate Captain was played by Hugh Grant. It almost did not sound like him!