THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (Sony, 2012) D: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt, w/ Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman. Rating: NNNN; DVD package: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Beautifully designed characters and settings, state-of-the-art claymation, lavish production values and non-stop comedy make The Pirates! rewatchable by adults and kids alike.
Determined to win the 1837 Pirate Of The Year award, Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) and his crew get involved with young science nerd Charles Darwin (David Tennant), who has a crush on Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton). They both covet Captain's unusual parrot, a fact that launches a lively and clever plot.
The gags, delivered with perfect comic timing, range from a simple pie in the face and the suggestion of a romantic relationship between Jane Austen and John Merrick, the Elephant Man, to big action set-pieces.
The best of the extras is the short So You Want To Be A Pirate, which features the pirates' escalating mayhem in a talk show. It's as funny as the movie itself.
EXTRAS Commentary, short film, game, more. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles.