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Running Time 88 min
Release Date Apr 27, 2012
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The Pirates! Band of Misfits

In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain is 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… Show more

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April 27, 2012 - Boston.com - By Tom Russo, Globe Correspondent

The folks at British animation outfit Aardman, makers of “Wallace & Gromit,” have a knack for leaving us smiling almost as goofily as one of their bulbous claymation creations. They do it yet again with “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” a genial genre sendup that marks the studio’s return to traditional stop-motion animation, this time in 3-D. (Aardman relied on computers for “Arthur Christmas” and 2006’s “Flushed Away.”) The movie could also teach something to the makers of “Pirates of the Caribbean” about delivering a story quirky enough to actually stick with you. Love Jack Sparrow, but our recollection of his exploits has always been as hazy as his, probably.

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