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Aardman goes from Wallace and Gromit to the clay seas with The Pirates

05.05.2011
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WALLACE AND GROMIT fans will be excited to hear that Aardman Animation is at work on a new movie, even if the cheese-loving inventor and his faithful hound are nowhere to be found.

Aardman (Aarrrrrdman?) is working on THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS, their latest stop-motion animated movie (which will, naturally, be in 3D). The story follows Pirate Captain, "a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas."

Our "luxuriantly bearded" captain will be voiced by Hugh Grant, and his ragtag crew features Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen. Their rivals in the race for Pirate of the Year Award include Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz, voiced by Jeremy Piven and Salmay Hayek.

The pirates' quest "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!"

The movie is directed by Aardman founding partner Peter Lord (co-director of CHICKEN RUN), and is due in theaters from Sony on March 30th, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: Tired of pirates yet? Yarrr.
Source: Aardman

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5:21PM on 05/06/2011
I love stop motion animation and i love wallace and grommit tales. So im deff hip to this. How can anyone be tired of Pirate movies. We dont really have many of them besides the 4 pirates of the carribean films.
I love stop motion animation and i love wallace and grommit tales. So im deff hip to this. How can anyone be tired of Pirate movies. We dont really have many of them besides the 4 pirates of the carribean films.
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6:14AM on 05/06/2011
aardman studios have a carte blanche in making movies as far as im concerned, so, im hoping this will be just as good as all their work so far :)

the only thing is, i miss wallace and gromit :S
aardman studios have a carte blanche in making movies as far as im concerned, so, im hoping this will be just as good as all their work so far :)

the only thing is, i miss wallace and gromit :S
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1:16AM on 05/06/2011

The books are hilarious

Not to be 'that guy' but everyone should read these books. They are a quick read and really funny. All are titled PIRATES! in an adventure with (fill in the blank)Scientists, Napoleon etc etc. While reading these I thought of Aardman and how they'd make these books look.
Not to be 'that guy' but everyone should read these books. They are a quick read and really funny. All are titled PIRATES! in an adventure with (fill in the blank)Scientists, Napoleon etc etc. While reading these I thought of Aardman and how they'd make these books look.
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1:05AM on 05/06/2011

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Actually, outside of POTC, there still aren't that many pirate movies. How many times has there been a rumored Blackbeard biopic? And the closest thing we have is a guest spot in Jack Sparrow's movie. As a kid who used to obsess about pirates, my inner child still wants to see some straight-up, bloodthirsty swashbuckling pirates.
Actually, outside of POTC, there still aren't that many pirate movies. How many times has there been a rumored Blackbeard biopic? And the closest thing we have is a guest spot in Jack Sparrow's movie. As a kid who used to obsess about pirates, my inner child still wants to see some straight-up, bloodthirsty swashbuckling pirates.
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11:34PM on 05/05/2011

KILLER!

the last big-screen adventure from W&G (Curse of the Were-Rabbit) was an amazingly beautiful and entertaining flick! Even with the awards it got it's still highly underwatched!

very much looking forward to this... ARRRR!!
the last big-screen adventure from W&G (Curse of the Were-Rabbit) was an amazingly beautiful and entertaining flick! Even with the awards it got it's still highly underwatched!

very much looking forward to this... ARRRR!!
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