Review: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Pirates, Adventure, Humour, 3D Animation, Hugh Grant ….. what more could you possibly need?

From the makers of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, The Pirates! Band of Misfits is Sony Picture Animations’ first 3D stop-motion clay animated film. Based on the first two books of Gideon Defoe’s ‘The Pirates!’ series, the film features a star-studded class with the likes of Salma Hayek, Brendan Gleeson, David Tennant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, and of course … Hugh Grant.

Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Australian premiere of this exciting film where I was graced by the presence of the divine Daniel Cleaver (Oh um, I mean Hugh Grant *smirking*), and was honoured to walk down the red carpet at Event Cinemas George Street (Sydney) alongside local stars such as Richard Wilkins, the Young Talent Time team (whom I sat in front of) and Amanda Keller.

Under the direction of the stupefied Pirate Captain, a crew of amateur pirates try to plunder ships in order for their ambitious captain to accomplish his ultimate dream in winning the Pirate of the Year Award. After many failed attempts, they hijack the Beagle and come across Charles Darwin, who informs them that Polly, the supposed parrot of the pirate crew, is actually the last living dodo. The pirates go with Darwin and his trained chimpanzee Mr Bobo to London to present Polly to the Royal Society. There’s just one problem – the Queen of England absolutely “hates pirates,” therefore posing a major obstacle on the Captain’s adventurous journey.

The film is entertaining to both children and adults alike. With its phenomenal three-dimensional presentation, hilarious characters, and its innovative stop-motion claymation complimenting the wonderful voices of this outstanding cast, The Pirates! Band of Misfits is an outstanding film that rises above the stagnant expectations placed upon “children’s films”.

A brief part of Hugh Grant’s introductory speech that I filmed.  

The Pirates! Band of Misfits was released on 5th April in Australia. 

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