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      The Pirates! Band of Misfits

      2012, Kids & family/Adventure, 1h 28m

      154 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      It may not quite scale Aardman's customary delirious heights, but The Pirates! still represents some of the smartest, most skillfully animated fare that modern cinema has to offer. Read critic reviews

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      Accompanied by his ragtag crew, an enthusiastic pirate captain (Hugh Grant) sails the high seas and dreams of besting his bitter rivals, Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek), in a quest to win the coveted title of Pirate of the Year. The captain's quest takes him and his comrades from the exotic shores of Blood Island to Victorian London's foggy streets. Along the way, they battle a clever queen and join forces with a young scientist named Charles Darwin (David Tennant).

      • Rating: PG (Rude Humor|Mild Action|Some Language)

      • Genre: Kids & family, Adventure, Comedy, Animation

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Peter Lord

      • Producer: Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Julie Lockhart

      • Writer: Gideon Defoe

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $375.9K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

      • Production Co: Aardman Animations

      • Sound Mix: Datasat, SDDS, Dolby Digital

      Cast & Crew

      Hugh Grant
      Martin Freeman
      Imelda Staunton
      David Tennant
      Jeremy Piven
      Salma Hayek
      Lenny Henry
      Brian Blessed
      Brendan Gleeson
      Ashley Jensen
      Al Roker
      Mike Cooper
      David Schneider
      Gideon Defoe
      Carla Shelley
      Theodore Shapiro
      Frank Passingham
      Norman Garwood
      Matt Perry

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      • Jun 10, 2019

        Given the name, it took me a long time to understand that this wasn't a sequel to something. But I watched it anyway, because I was short on 2012 movies for my best to worst list. Adventure with Scientists! will probably end up somewhere around the middle of that list.

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      • Sep 28, 2016

        Cute, adventurous, funny and clever -- without being too cute, adventurous, funny or clever. The animation is delightful and the voice acting is well-done (for the most part), with particularly appealing performances by Imelda Staunton (Queen Victoria) and Hugh Grant (The Pirate Captain). It's a fun family film with something to enjoy for everyone.

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      • Jan 12, 2014

        In 1837, Queen Victoria is none too amused with pirates. At the same time Pirate Captain likes his chances for winning that year's prestigious Pirate of the Year Award. But it turns out locating the requisite booty is much harder than he originally imagined, considering the most valuable thing he can find is a scientist, Charles Darwin, who informs him that he may in fact own a priceless dodo bird. "The Pirates! Band of Misfists" starts promisingly enough with the nonsensical pirate award. But the rest of it sadly fails to live up to the usual levels of Aaardman ingenuity, even with its tenth hour steampunk, instead relying on silly anachronisms for most of its humor. With the exception of the pub scene, the movie does little to take advantage of its time period. I mean if you are going to invoke Charles Darwin, there has to be more to it than just depicting him as a nerdy virgin, even if he does get married in 1839. However, the movie does get points for employing the boisterous Brian Blessed as one of the voices, as Martin Freeman even manages to get typecast as a sidekick in an animated film.

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      • Jul 02, 2013

        A rather cute tale of fringe pirates with funny puns, a gruesome twist from Queen Victoria voiced by evil incarnate, Imelda Staunton, and some impressive, near-unrecognizable voicework by Hugh Grant. Nevertheless, the gaping ellipses of claymation mouths makes me a little queasy, so I just wasn't terribly into it.

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