The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists DVD
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Directed by Peter Lord
Produced in 2012
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film, American film
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Nick Riddle enjoys Aardman's fifth feature, peopled with oddball characters and fine voice talents. There are so many in-jokes that one viewing is nowhere near enough, he writes.
Aardmanís fifth feature delivers a broadside of well-crafted gags and outlandish set-pieces, mashing together pirates, Darwinism, Victoriana and steampunk, and strikes a slightly saltier tone than that of its predecessors.
This being the Aardman universe, itís peopled with oddball characters. Besides the quixotic Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) and his eccentric crew, we meet an aggressively carnivorous Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), a nerdy Charles Darwin (David Tennant), and his simian manservant, Mr Bobo. Gideon Defoeís script, adapted from his own books, spins a reliably daft tale concerning Darwinís kidnapping of the last Dodo in an attempt to win favour with the monarch, upon whom he has a hopeless crush.
The vocal talent is uniformly excellent, especially Grant, who is clearly having the time of his life (understandably, since he gets to exclaim things like 'Sweet Neptuneís briny pants!'). The film looks gorgeous, thanks to a seamless combination of claymation and digital enhancements. Itís also packed with so many little jokes and details that one viewing is nowhere near enough.
Nick Riddle on 20th August 2012
Author of 62 reviews
A fun-filled voyage of pirate antics in which a pirate captain attempts to outdo his rivals. Hugh Grant, Brian Blessed, Imelda Staunton and Salma Hayek lend their voices to the action.
When the infamous Pirate Captain (Grant) is shunned once again by his rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Liz Cutlass (Hayek), he sets his sights on winning the coveted Pirate of the Year Award. With his trusted 'parrot' Polly and rag-tag crew at his side, Pirate Captain will need to battle Queen Victoria (Staunton), save a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant) and never lose sight of what a pirate loves best - adventure!
Publisher: Columbia Tri-Star
Length: 88 mins
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 10th September 2012
Cat No: CDR71644UV
- Filmmakers' Commentary
- Mr. Bobo's Flash Card Challenge (Exclusive to DVD)
- From Stop to Motion featurette
- Creating the Bath Chase Sequence
- DVD-ROM link to online content.