One of the Most Enjoyable Films Ever Made.
I've always been a fan of Aardman, and it seems like, as animation empires rise and fall around them, the company has not only weathered the storm but produced films of greater and greater quality. After the remarkable, witty and intelligent Arthur Christmas
was released just a few months prior, you'd think a silly-looking little film about pirates would get shafted in the process... however, Aardman showed their dedication towards their products in creating one of the most energetic, silly, and laugh-out-loud hilarious films ever.
For the most part, Pirates
ditches the emotional weight of most animated films released these days. The Pirates!
is pure zaniness, and the film's plot is nothing more than a simple platform to build the comedy from. This works perfectly to the film's advantage. Anyone who's ever enjoyed one of Aardman's prior films, or any piece of British comedy, will find themselves keeling over as the pirates launch joke after joke at the audience and almost all of them hit the mark squarely. The film's absurd, Pythonesque humor harkens back to a simpler age of animation, when deep emotional drama wasn't necessary to satisfy an audience. The Pirates!
works on the same principles through which the best of Looney Tunes
cartoons and other successful comedies have worked for decades; a simple setup as a base for rapid-fire, serially escalating and on-target gags. In fact, the film can be considered a perfect fusion of Monty Python
and Looney Tunes
There's nothing wrong with the thoughtful comedy-dramas that have characterized Disney and Dreamworks' most recent works, but if you want a film that you can watch from start-to-finish laughing non-stop, I give The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
the highest of recommendations. The claymation is top-notch, the voice cast hits the mark splendidly, and the film stands as a comedy classic that will hopefully emerge from obscurity in the near future.