The Pirates! Band of Misfits | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | September 16, 2012
entertainment value
Gorgeous animation. Lots of fun, typical of Aardman entertainment. A family film that may actually get kids to read a book for pity's sake!
genre Comedy | Family
synopsis In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as 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 battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
lead actors Hugh Grant | Brendan Gleeson | Jeremy Piven | Brian Blessed | Salma Hayek | Imelda Staunton | Ashley Jensen | Russell Tovey | David Tennant | Lenny Henry | Martin Freeman
director Peter Lord | Jeff Newitt