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.
"Do you really think just putting arrrrrrrr at the end of a sentence makes everything allright?". Fun trifle from Aardman animation full of fun moments, amusing dialogue and some keen visuals. While not quite up to the standard created by 'Chicken Run' or 'Flushed Away' still a very fun way to pass an hour and a half. Well cast with a special shout out to Imelda Staunton as 'Vicky'.
Immensely enjoyable, frantic and quirky in the good sense, besides the stunning stop motion animation, but what the rats was that ending? Are we sure there wasn't some 15 more minutes of story to tell? Anyways, it is such a pleasure to see the Aardman guys getting it going so splendidly.
Visually I think this is Aardman's best work yet. Stunning mix of stop motion and CGI, with truly effective 3D. Unfortunately, I felt it was more of a "children's" film than a "family" film. The visuals are the most inventive Saturday morning cartoons, but the story never really branches beyond that. Still immensely enjoyable visuals, and a surprisingly game voice cast.
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.