Release Date 28 Mar 2012 TBA

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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

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Certificate: TBC

Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Family

In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captainis joined by a rag-tag crew. With seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz 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 and team up with a young Charles Darwin, but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! In 3D at select locations.

Brendan Gleeson | Martin Freeman | Imelda Staunton | Ashley Jensen | Jeremy Piven | Brian Blessed | Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje | Hugh Grant | David Tennant | Salma Hayek

Gideon Defoe


Peter Lord

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Directed by Peter Lord. Jeff Newitt. Starring the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Brendan Gleeson, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed.

THE PLOT: Based on the first of a series of comic novels by Gideon Defoe, this swashbuckling tale sees our highly incompetent plasticine pirates setting sail on CG seas, out to win the coveted Pirate Of The Year award. All seems lost until they happen upon Charles Darwin (Tennant), who quickly recognizes that the captain’s ungainly parrot is in fact a very rare, very prize-worthy dodo. Such a discovery would put Pirate Captain (Grant) on the map. And his motley crew off everyone’s laughing stock list.

THE VERDICT: You can’t help but come over a little Jeffrey Katzenberg when watching this latest Aardman Animation big-screen onslaught – a little tweeking here and there, and this could be so much funnier, and faster, and far more fandabidozi. As it is, Pirates! is full of that old plasticine charm and that particular brand of ye olde English chuckles - which is what you would expect from the creators of Wallace & Gromit, of course -  but just not quite enough old plasticine charm and ye olde English chuckles. Ultimately, the film comes across – ironically, given that it’s the cardigan-and-slippers-toting Aardman - as far too eager, and busy, to truly please. RATING: 3/5

Review by Paul Byrne 

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    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    Definitely worth a watch. A great range of loveable and memorable characters, hilarious and light watching. I honestly don't have anything particularly negative to say about the film. Kids will love it too. Give it a go if you are in the mood for something easy going and wacky.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    Aardman have once again proven to do one of the most under-rated animation studios in the world today, with easily one of the most universally lovable non-Pixar created childern's films in recent memory. Silly without becoming stupid, smart without becoming too highbrow and charming enough to be enjoyed by everyone and anyone.

    • Currently 3/5 Stars.


    Good fun comedy, with some great lines and nice voice performances. A little dissappointing as you are hoping for it to be great, but is still a good solid 3 star movie.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    Even Aardman's misfires are still of a watchable nature. This latest offering is better than those and has a lot of the insanity that makes this studios output genius. Hugh Grant's Pirate Captain is great fun and thanks to an equally talented voice cast the film is immensely enjoyable and the 3D really works with the claymation. Great film for the family.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    Loved it! Absolutely loved The Pirates. It’s clever, funny and is definitely worth a re-watch to catch all the extra features that were missed the first time around due to tears of laughter. I sincerely hope they make a sequel as the characters were brilliant. I cannot recommend this enough; it’s just a fun fun fun movie.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    Aardman Animation returns to its stop-motion roots with the charming, amusingly-titled The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists. Taking a leaf out of Pirates Of The Caribbean's book, it tells of small but loveable group of rogueish pirates led by the simply- titled The Pirate Captain (voiced by a dashing Hugh Grant). He's competing against other, more attention-seeking pirate contestants in a bid to win the Pirate Of The Year competition. Along the way, he teams up with Charles Darwin and his monkey butler(!). However, his real enemy is the boo-hissable Queen Victoria who REALLY hates pirates. The film is packed with a lot of laughs and sight gags, some of them intentionally anachronistic (a Rubik's cube?). There's also genuine heart too that makes it a hard film to dislike. Stop-motion animation films can take up to 5 years to produce and it's obvious that a lot of care and attention has gone into the story, characters and the animation itself. Like a Pixar film, there's something here for everyone. If you can, stay for the delightful end credits as well.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    i will be surprised ifa funnier or even betteranimated film comes out this year until ''Brave comes out. Creative, hilariousand entertaining from beginning to end,Aardman have once again delivered a great family film

    • Currently 5/5 Stars.


    I got a sneak preview of this, and it hilarious! Very funny, with enough to keep both kids and adults entertained. Keep an eye out for the crying song during the movie, its Flight of the Concords, and in their usual sly style, and fits perfectly into this movie.