(Written for BritScene)
Today we have two full-length trailers for Aardman Animations’ family adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, following The Pirate Captain, voiced by British actor Hugh Grant in his first animated role.
The film is based on the first two of Gideon Defoe’s The Pirates! novels, The Pirates! in an Adventure With Scientists and The Pirates! in an Adventure With Whaling.
Known in the UK as Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, this 3D stop-motion animation is produced by Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit) and Sony Pictures Animation (Arthur Christmas), and is directed by Peter Lord with co-directer Jeff Newitt.
The film follows The Pirate Captain who is on an adventure to beat his rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven – TV’s Entourage) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek – Puss in Boots) in the Pirate of the Year Award. Along the way he must battle Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton – Arthur Christmas) and meet a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant – Fright Night).
The latest trailers, which you can see below, certainly provokes a few giggles, and with Pixar’s Brave also getting a new trailer this week, it looks as if 2012 is going to be a great year for animated movies.
The cast for The Pirates! Band of Misfits also includes Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Martin Freeman (TV’s Sherlock), Ashley Jensen (Gnomeo & Juliet), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (The Thing), and Russell Tovey (TV’s UK Being Human), and is set to be released in the US on 30th March, 2012.