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The Pirates: Band of Misfits

September 1, 2012

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The Pirates: Band of Misfits is absolute joy. A blast of creativity, sight gags and albino pirates. Aardman studios (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run) continues its streak of wonderful films that manage to entertain kids and adults with its outstanding usage of clay and dialogue. I love the pictures that detail the process.

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The film revolves around The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) and his crew trying to win the Pirate of the Year Award. The problem is the Pirate Captain is a dreamer and optimist but doesn’t have the skill set to be the best. He can easily capture nudist, plague and ghost ships but the big scores are out of reach.  Along the way they capture a lonely Charles Darwin and his intelligent simian sidekick. Darwin eventually uses the Captain’s supposedly extinct Dodo to win Queen Victoria’s heart. The problem is that she hates pirates and has a peculiar appetite. Their Journey also involves ham night, traveling by map (They’ve perfected it) and the quote “It is only impossible if you stop to think about it.”

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Pirates  moves along at a brisk pace and is inhabited by an endearing crew of albinos and gout ridden cut throats. People get stabbed, endangered animals are eaten and the Pirate Captain apparently thought lemurs were women.  The movie is packed with creativity and love. If people are going to spend thousands of hours moving clay you know that they care deeply about their craft. What they have accomplished is a likable film that will put a smile on your face.

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