Aardman Productions Keeps On Producing Quality Works With The Pirates: Band of Misfits (2012)

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Pirates: Band of Misfits (2012)

Released: April 27th, 2012

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Company: Sony-Columbia Pictures/Aardman Production

Starring:  Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, David Tennant, Anton Yelchin, Brendan Gleeson, Al Roker, Martin Freeman

Opening Thoughts:

Anything created by Aardman productions is something that I am interested in.  I enjoy the satire, the dry quirky humor, and the various tropes that go with it.  They are fun and often entertaining from start to finish in their own style.  Pirates: Band of Misfits continues this legacy.

Plot:

Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the Year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

Dislikes:

Whether we love or hate the characters in any film, it is important that we care about their existence.  This is the major issue with this film as the main characters Pirate Captain, and Charles Darwin is amiable enough but bland. Good or bad, make me care, and this film doesn’t.

Aardman films and series have long been known for their unique animation and quirky sense of humor. This film has both of these things, but I found the humor to be very mixed. While some of the jokes land well, others feel misplaced and listless.

Likes:

As always, the animation within the film is beautiful. It keeps true to the style Aardman has used since the early days although clearly progressing somewhat with the times as it looks cleaner and more up to date than earlier works.

The humor doesn’t always strike well, but when it does, it is golden.  The dry wit, sight gags, and relentless political and social satire remain the foundation of what makes these films work.

Conclusion:

It may not be Aardman’s best production, but it is still is above average in animation history. It has that lovable quirky humor, unique animation style, and a mix of action and heart that makes a worthwhile animated film.

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The Lion King (1994)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/disney-renaissance-the-lion-king-1994/

Toy Story (1995)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/08/one-ring-to-rule-them-all-i-meanpixar-toy-story-1995/

The Incredibles (2004) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/pixar-works-magic-yet-again-the-incredibles-2004/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/pixar-works-magic-yet-again-the-incredibles-2004/

How to Train Your Dragon (2010) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/dreamworks-hits-gold-how-to-train-your-dragon-2010/

Paranorman (2012) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/laika-enchants-us-with-paranorman-2012/

Toy Story 3 (2010) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/pixar-continues-to-reign-supreme-arguablytoy-story-3-2010/

Rango (2011) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/somehow-nickelodeon-rekindles-the-western-in-animated-fashion-rango-2011/

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/26/wes-anderson-animation-fantastic-mr-fox-2009-is-fantastic/

Up (2009) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/pixar-soars-with-up-2009/

The Iron Giant (1999) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/the-forgotten-one-the-iron-giant/

Ernest and Celestine (2012) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/10/10/another-love-song-of-an-animated-film-ernest-and-celestine-2012/

Spirited Away (2001) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/animation-international-a-spirited-away/

Finding Nemo (2003) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/pixar-reigns-supreme-finding-nemo-2003/

Mulan (1998)  https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/disney-renaissance-mulan-1998/

Beauty and the Beast (1991) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/animation-renassisance-beauty-and-the-beast-1991/

The Little Mermaid (1989) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/animation-renaissance-the-little-mermaid-1989/

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/beyond-disney-batman-mask-of-the-phantasm/

Kung Fu Panda (2008) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/dreamsworks-rises-kung-fu-panda2008-animation-meets-action/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/dreamsworks-rises-kung-fu-panda2008-animation-meets-action/

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Monsters Inc. (2001) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/pixar-reigns-supreme-monsters-inc-2001/

Coraline (2009) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/laika-emerges-brilliantly-coraline-2009/

Ratatouille (2007) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/pixar-finds-treasure-amidst-the-trash-ratatouille-2007/

Aladdin (1992) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/25/disney-renaissance-aladdin-1992/

Toy Story 2 (1999) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/pixar-rebounds-toy-story-2-1999/

The Brave Little Toaster (1987) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/animation-revival-the-brave-little-toaster-1987/

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/dreamworks-hits-another-level-with-kung-fu-panda-2-2011/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/dreamworks-hits-another-level-with-kung-fu-panda-2-2011/

The Simpsons Movie (2007) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/the-simpsons-movie-finally-arrives-and-it-doesnt-actually-suck/

Shrek 2 (2004) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/dreamworks-sticks-the-landing-shrek-2/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/dreamworks-sticks-the-landing-shrek-2/

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Shrek (2001) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/dreamworks-genesis-the-road-to-el-dorado-2000/

The Jungle Book (1967) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/the-rewind-the-1960s-disneys-the-jungle-book-1967/

The Secret of NIMH (1982) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/animation-revival-beyond-disney-the-secret-of-nimh/

The Incredibles 2 (2018)   https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/pixar-victory-lap-continues-the-incredibles-2-2018/

Megamind (2010) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/09/09/megamind-2010-plenty-of-the-mega-but-not-much-mind/

Puss in Boots (2011) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/shrekian-spinoff-puss-in-boots-2011/

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My Neighbor Totoro (1988) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/animation-international-my-neighbor-totoro-1988/

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Robots (2005) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/blue-sky-aims-high-but-swings-low-robots-2005/

Ice Age (2002) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/blue-sky-emerges-ice-age-2002/

South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (1999) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/beyond-disneysouth-park-bigger-longer-and-uncut-1999/

Castle in the Sky (1986) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/animation-internationalcastle-in-the-sky/

Emperor’s New Groove (2000) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/disney-in-limbo-emperors-new-groove-2000/

Brave (2012)

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A Bug’s Life (1998) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/pixars-sophmore-slump-a-bugs-life-1998/

Despicable Me (2010)

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/beyond-disney-fern-gully-the-last-rainforest-1992/

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The Land Before Time (1988) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/animation-revival-beyond-disney-the-land-before-time-1988/

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Cat in Paris (2010) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/animation-international-a-cat-in-paris-2010/

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Bolt (2008) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/disney-revival-bolt-2008/

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/sony-animation-brightens-our-days-cloudy-with-a-chance-of-meatballs-2009/

Ponyo (2009) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/animation-international-ponyo-2008/

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/disney-renaisance-hunchback-of-notre-dame-1996/

Pinocchio (1940) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/animation-genesis-pinocchio/

Tarzan (1999) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/the-grand-finale-of-the-disney-renaissance-tarzan/

The Road to El Dorado (2000) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/dreamworks-genesis-the-road-to-el-dorado-2000/

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/25/animation-international-1984-nausicaa-of-the-valley-of-the-wind/

An American Tail (1986) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/animation-revival-beyond-disney-an-american-tail-1986/

The Last Unicorn (1982) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/animation-revival-beyond-disney-the-last-unicorn/

Frankenweenie (2012) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/just-another-remake-in-the-wall-frankenweenie-2012/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/just-another-remake-in-the-wall-frankenweenie-2012/

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/wallace-and-gromit-curse-of-the-were-rabbit/

Hercules (1997) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/disney-renaissance-hercules-1997/

Horton Hears a Who (2008) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/a-forgotten-animated-film-horton-hears-a-who-2008/

Chicken Run (2000) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/dreamworks-genesis-chicken-run-2000/

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

Monster House (2006)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

Flushed Away (2006)

Cats Don’t Dance (1997) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/beyond-disney-cats-dont-dance-1997/

Over the Hedge (2006)

Pocahontas (1995) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/disney-renaissance-pocahantos/

Robin Hood (1973) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/animation-desolation-robin-hood-1973/

A Goofy Movie (1995) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/the-disney-renaissance-a-goofy-movie-1995/

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs/

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/teen-titans-go-to-the-movies-is-dc-at-its-finest-wait-wait-i-meant-funniest/

9  (2009)

Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010)

Happy Feet (2006) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/singing-and-dancing-penguins-with-purpose-happy-feet-2006/

Cinderella (1950)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/cinderella-1950/

Madagascar (2005) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/dreamworks-scores-big-by-sinking-low-with-madagascar/

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2000)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/disney-in-limbo-atlantis-the-lost-empire-2000/https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/disney-in-limbo-atlantis-the-lost-empire-2000/

Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Titan A. E. (2000) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/swan-song-for-don-bluth-titan-a-e/

Rescuers Down Under (1990)- No link.

Lady and the Tramp (1955) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/animation-evolution-lady-and-the-tramp-1955/

Rio (2011) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/09/16/embrace-the-rythym-of-rio-2011/

Epic (2013)

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)  NA

Treasure Planet (2002 ) No Link

Sword in the Stone (1963) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/rewind-1960s-sword-in-the-stone-1963/

Alice in Wonderland (1951) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/classic-review-alice-in-wonderland-1951/

Shark Tale (2004)

 

 

 

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