Cast: Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed, Lenny Henry, and Salma Hayek
Director: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Writer: Gideon Defoe (screenplay)
Runtime: 88 minutes (1 hours and 28 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action, rude humor and some language
Genre: Animated, Adventure, Family
Production Company: Aardman Animations, and Sony Pictures Animation
Release Date: April 27th, 2012
By: John M Delia Jr.
A new animated film by Sony Pictures leads you into the world of Pirates and gives you a different perspective then what they normally do. These pirates will transport you on an adventure that will bring the plundering to you. Sail the seven seas and become part of the crew on an adventure different then most and claim their biggest prize.
It’s that time of the year when the pirates prove they are worthy of the one true prize, the Pirate of the Year award. This award is presented by the Pirate King (Brian Blessed) to the pirate who collects the most booty and can show that he/she is very successful at stealing this claim to fame.
The creators of “Wallace and Grommet” have a new band of characters that will bring you on the high seas for adventure and lots of booty. The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) is obsessed with just one thing, winning the Pirate of the Year award. He has never won this prestigious award and he will do anything for it; even risk his crew and his beloved Polly. With the help of his trusty 2nd mate and voice of reason the Pirate with a Scarf (Martin Freeman), along with the Pirate with Gout (Brendan Gleeson), the Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (Ashley Jensen), the Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (Al Roker), Peg Leg Hastings (Lenny Henry), and the Albino Pirate (Anton Yelchin), these band of misfits will stop at nothing to get their booty and the beloved prize.
During these misfits’ adventure they encounter many unusual characters that bring the story along. Charles Darwin (David Tennant) tries to convince the Pirate Captain that Polly is a rare Dodo bird and that he should enter it into the British Science Convention in London. Then Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) is out to stop all pirates and will do anything to rid the oceans of their dirty presence. While all along being challenged for the prize by Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven), and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek), who are successful at getting their booty and really know how to show it.
The special effects team really showed off their hard work by performing an excellent job with these misfits. The time and effort it takes to produce this type of animation is presented well with this stop-motion film. The directors Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt do an excellent job putting together this unique type of story that will win the kids over. The work performed by all shows the hard work and effort performed by the whole team.
It’s an entertaining, hilarious and just plain ornery film about pirates and what they will do for the most coveted prize. This is a good film for the kids, it’s funny, entertaining, and will keep them intrigued, but most adults might just enjoy a nice snooze. The 3D effects were evident through the film but are not necessary to enjoy this film. The crew will win you over with their laughter, joy, and need for adventure that you will walk away with a smile.
Final Grade: I give this a B-, for its unique perspective on pirates and an over-all good time.