The first trailer for Aardman’s 2012 stop-motion feature The Pirates! Band of Misifts has been unveiled online, and it looks great! Read on to watch!
As usual, Apple has all the HD encodes you could wish for.
The Pirates! features a fantastic cast of voices: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Ashley Jensen, Russell Tovey, Salma Hayek, Imelda Staunton and David Tennant, and a press release back in May summarised the plot as follows:
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
It’s based on the book The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe, and is being directed by Peter Lord (Aardman veteran and co-director of Chicken Run).
I’m an enormous fan of Aardman (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is one of my all-time favourite movies), and stop-motion is my favourite type of animation. Plus, it tends to actually look brilliant in 3D, if Coraline was anything to go by. The Pirates! looks like a huge amount of fun, and I can’t wait for it – even if all it does is wash away the sour, sour taste of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it will have done a good job.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits is due out on 28th March next year in the UK, and 30th March in the US.