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The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

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THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (2012) starring Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, and Jeremy Piven is a 3D, stop-motion animated picture. With a look and feel quite different than our usual fare, Sony Pictures has presented us with an animated feature whose dark subject matter might not appeal to every youngster in your family.

We join the Pirate Captain as he makes his way back to Bloody Island, intent on once again registering for the Pirate-Of-The-Year competition. Although far from being the local favorite, he's determined that this will be his year and his fellow pirates Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz can stop laughing at his perpetual losing streak. So after joining forces with scientist Charles Darwin, the Pirate Captain proves that he has a few surprises up his sleeve to hopefully guarantee his win.

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS is Hugh Grant's first work in an animated movie, surprising as voiceovers have become somewhat a rite of passage for today's film stars. WARNING: Some children were cowering and even shrieking at the continual sight of bloody swords and axes poised to chop off character's heads.

So many animated features these days seem to deliberately spoof other movies. THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS even paid fleeting homage to TITANIC and THE ELEPHANT MAN. Nominated for Best Animated Picture at the 2013 Oscars. Directed by Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt, PG, 88 mins, Animation, Adventure, Comedy. *** 3 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin February 14, 2013
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