The fifth feature film from the studio that brought us Wallace and Gromit, is Pirates, another high quality animated feature with a star-studded vocal cast. The script was written by Gideon Defoe, who also wrote the series of books on which this is based.
The Pirate Captain, voiced by Hugh Grant, is desperate to win the Pirate of the Year award, having applied for the last 20 years without any luck. Though the Pirate Captain is well loved by his crew and his parrot, it is clear that his peers view him differently. Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) burst the Pirate Captain’s bubble with a very large pop.
Determined to win a stash of treasure big enough to net him the award, the crew enthusiastically set about on a fresh round of pirating. They end up with what could be called a dry streak, which finishes with them landing upon a ship that contains no gold, but scientists.
When the eagle-eyed Charles Darwin (David Tennant) spots that Polly is no ordinary Captain’s parrot, it seem like fortune has smiled upon both the pirate and the scientist. Things are rarely that straightforward, and a whole host of pretty hilarious complications arise, including Queen Victoria.
As well as jokes that children will pick up on (such as who would win in a fight between a shark and ‘a Dracula’) there are also plenty of little touches that will have parents laughing along with their children.
Conclusion: Welcome aboard, me hearties!
Overall Rating: Not everyone’s cup of tea, but definitely worth a watch!
Check it out on IMDB here!
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