Movie Review: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

I'm a huge fan of Aardman Animations, the company behind the Wallace and Gromit films and the great underrated feature Chicken Run. The company's most recent film from directors Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt is "The Pirates! Band of Misfits." It's an awkward title but it's an entertaining film.

It's not a great film. It's one of those works where the individual elements of the film work well but they don't necessarily cohere into a satisfying whole. I think it would have likely worked better as a shorter film.

Some of the highlights: Charles Darwin (as voiced by David Tennant). Darwin's chimpanzee. Cameo appearances by Jane Austen and the Elephant Man. A dodo bird. A particularly entertaining take on Queen Victoria (voiced by Imelda Staunton). A dirigible. Plus there are many pirates. Who doesn't like pirates? (besides, of course, ninjas, but we're not counting them as part of this rhetorical exercise).

Also, am I alone in noticing that Queen Victoria at one point enters the film riding a fat pony? Or do I just read too many Kate Beaton comics?

Not a perfect movie but a lot of fun.

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