The Advantages of Aardman…
Aardman are back with their own pirate feature and a cast of greats too long to list. And what’s more, we’re delighted to see that in making THE PIRATES! AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS they’ve gone back to the stop-motion animation of old.
And there are advantages to this, says Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian:
Some people think you can improve children’s minds by playing them Mozart. I think you could treble the IQ of any child, or indeed adult, by putting them in front of an Aardman product like this.
and Tom Huddleston in Time Out:
Movies like the Shrek series have largely devalued the idea of a film aimed at both children and parents, but ‘The Pirates!’ gets the balance spot on. Kids will be enthralled by all the action, slapstick and yo-ho-ho-ing while the olds will get a kick out of the intricate visual detail, sparkling wit and wild historical inaccuracies: find me another movie in which Jane Austen chucks a beer mug at the Elephant Man.
But if you’re traditional like Nigel Andrews in the Financial Times returning to stop-motion animation still isn’t enough…
After 30 minutes you start to hanker for Wallace and Gromit.
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