Studio Synopsis ~ Set sail for a fun-filled voyage and hilarious pirate antics with the biggest Band of Misfits on the seven seas! When the infamous Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) is shunned once again by his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz, he sets his sights to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award. With his trusted dodo, Polly and rag-tag crew at his side, the Pirate Captain will need to battle a diabolical queen, save a young scientist and never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: Adventure!
Running Time: 88 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
– Filmmakers’ Commentary
– So You Want To Be A Pirate! Mini-Movie
– DVD-ROM link to more fun online
– Mr. BoBo’s Flash Card Challenge
*Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Exclusives Include:
– Pirate Disguise Dress-Up Blu-Ray™ game
– From Stop to Motion featurette
– Creating the Bath Chase Sequence featurette
– Peter Lord Short Films:
*Wats Pig with optional commentary intro
*War Story with optional commentary intro
The clay-mazing talents of the Aardman Animation factory – best known for granting motion to the iconic Brit-wits Wallace and Gromit – again fuels the creative fires of both function and funny in their newest stop-motion sensation, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” And while Aardman’s newest band of rag-tag men have left the cordial comforts of English tea for the salt covered silliness of the high seas, the whimsy and zany majesty that lured in previous clay-clamoring crowds is still heartily on board.
Infused with wonderfully dry humor and helmed with a brilliant voice cast – with central roles enlivened by Grant, Freeman, Tennant, Piven and Hayek – the plucky charms of this ARR-inducing yarn is a treat for both young and adult audiences alike. Also mixing the age array is the extras menu, with a solid offering of bonus booty.
From the kid-friendly fare of the “Mr. BoBo’s Flash Card Challenge” and “Pirate Disguise Dress-Up” games to more adult oriented supplements like the character and tech specs commentary by Lord, Newitt, and Krish, and the “From Stop to Motion” featurette which meticulously illustrates the painstaking filmmaking process, there’s something to be found for everyone. Dually, age transcending features such as the 18+ minute mini-movie, “So You Want To Be A Pirate!” and Lord’s two short films, “Wats Pig” and “War Story”, also hold mass appeal.
So with beautiful visuals, daring thrills and a thoroughly swashbuckling chest of animation frills, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is hilarious high-seas hijinks with a quaint veneer of quirk and clay.
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Central Voice Cast: Hugh Grant | Martin Freeman | David Tennant | Jeremy Piven | Salma Hayek
Director: Peter Lord | Jeff Newitt
Central Writers: Gideon Defoe
Theatrical Release: April 27, 2012
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: August 28, 2012
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE