The Pirates! Band of Misfits

April 27th 2012
  • Animated/Comedy,
  • PG,
  • 88 min,
  • Sony Pictures
  • Cast: Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Tennant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, Russell Tovey, Ashley Jensen, Mitchell Mullen, Connor Byrne
  • Directors: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
  • Writer: Gideon Defoe
  • Producers: Julie Lockhart, Peter Lord, David Sproxton
  • Associate Producer: Susan Breen
  • Executive Producers: Peter Lord, Carla Shelley, David Sproxton
  • Art Direction: Matt Perry
  • Casting: Kate Rhodes James
  • D.O.P.: Charles Copping
  • Music: Theodore Shapiro
  • Production Design: Norman Garwood


Hugh Grant stars 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!

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: London, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Mild action, rude humor and some language
  • Production Budget: $60 Million
  • Production Companies: Aardman Animations, Sony Pictures Animations

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2012 Guide Analysis: "After two well received but not hugely exciting computer-animated efforts, Aardman Animation return to the stop-motion arena which they made their name with thanks to the "Wallace & Gromit" franchise and 2000's "Chicken Run". They've also picked a highly appealing story based on the first two entries in Gideon Defoe's "The Pirates!" comedic book series which, despite what you may think, is primarily aimed at adults.

This 3D tale follows the vain, self-deluded and mostly incompetent Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) and his crew as they attempt to win the coveted Pirate of the Year award. Throw in subplots about a hunt for Moby Dick, scientist Charles Darwin, and lots of dry humour laced with irony and wit, and you have a bloody good time for people of all ages.

The cast is glorious. Imelda Staunton as a pirate-hating Queen Victoria, David Tennant as Darwin, Jeremy Piven and Salma Hayek as the Pirate Captain's main rivals, Brian Blessed as the Pirate King, Russell Tovey as an albino pirate, the list just goes on and on of great actors voicing colourful and distinct characters.

Though it is primarily stop motion animation, tastefully incorporated computer effects have allowed the creators to do all sorts of things they couldn't do before - namely set extensions and digital mattes which gives the adventure an epic scale. Various trailers for the film have been released over the past few months, each proving highly enjoyable - here's hoping the film lives up to the promise and high standards Aardman has set for themselves."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 28 March 2012: Belgium, France, Ireland, UK
  • 29 March 2012: Denmark, Germany, Portugal
  • 30 March 2012: Colombia, Finland, Norway, Sweden
  • 4 April 2012: Italy
  • 5 April 2012: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore
  • 6 April 2012: Estonia
  • 20 April 2012: Romania
  • 25 April 2012: Netherlands
  • 26 April 2012: Russia
  • 27 April 2012: Canada, India
  • 11 May 2012: Brazil
  • 17 May 2012: Hungary
  • 29 June 2012: Spain
  • 26 July 2012: Hong Kong
  • 9 August 2012: Israel