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It’s a “plunderful life” aboard ship as the Hugh Grant-voiced Pirate Captain leads his crew on a rather convoluted adventure chasing fame, fortune and a stolen Dodo bird. Suffice to say, our Pirate Captain’s ill-conceived and idiotic boasts get him into considerable trouble, including a grand finale fun in with none other than Queen Victoria herself.
Aardman’s expertise in creating broad landscapes, beautifully elaborate sets as well as evocative up close and personal scenes is legendary and this film is full of fantastic story-telling and wonderful acting. Physical humor plays a huge part in all Aardman stories and The Pirates! is no different. The timing of the various slapstick bits is impeccable, the “weight” of the pratfalls critical for the humor to have maximum impact.
The film is directed by Peter Lord, a founding partner of Aardman, director of Chicken Run (with Nick Park), and a two-time Academy Award nominee for his short films. The film is co-directed by Jeff Newitt from a screenplay is by Gideon Defoe, based upon his books.
The Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Packs and DVD boast hours of extras bound to keep the kids entertained. The Filmmakers’ Commentary, one of the extras, is quite amusing and very informative. “Mr. Bobo’s Flash Card Challenge” game, and the all-new “So You Want To Be A Pirate!” mini-movie, are also included, as well as the Blu-ray exclusive “Pirate Disguise Dress-Up” game, in which viewers done ridiculous outfits to try and get past the evil Queen Victoria. The complete list of goodies is shown below.
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The film has a running time of 88 minutes and is rated PG for mild action, rude humor and some language.