The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)
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Hugh Grant does a great job leading the voice cast in this fairly straightforward animated adventure - and it's a great shame that it is straightforward and not the classic it could have been because the clay animation is typically superb from Aardman, and it's packed to the gills with some fun British humour with lots of witty Victorian and piratical details: one of the pirates has a "Blue Peter" badge on his hat for example, the check list for "Pirate of the Year" includes the option "Brian Blessed" as the top level of roaring (slightly less funny when he later pops up as the Pirate King) and the Elephant Man has a hilarious cameo in a pub scene, but the script never really takes off and the really innovative and fun moments are few and far between. Also, and it does seem like a strange criticism but none of the main pirate crew have names - I guess a hang over from the original series of books (hence the strangely clumsy title too) - as a result I felt it took too long to get involved with them as characters, although the burgeoning, presumably unintentional, romance between the Captain and Number Two was very sweet.
Disappointing, especially coming from Aardman
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