The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists

The bumbling Pirate Captain, a pirate captain, wants to defy his critics and win the Pirate of the Year Award.  Along with his devoted crew, they find themselves drawn into an adventure involving Charles Darwin (and his man-panzee, Mr Bobo), Queen Victoria and acts of derring do.

Aardman Animation bring their stop motion animation skills to Gideon Defoe’s comedy novel.

“I hate pirates”

Pirate King and his hapless yet dedicated crew discover that their parrot, Polly, is actually an extinct Dodo, drawing the attention of the lovelorn Charles Darwin and pirate-hating Queen Victoria.

With a moment of much sought after glory within reach, Pirate King abandons his principles (and his Dodo) in favour of the fame and fortune that will define his legacy, but risks losing his friends in the process.

However, he soon realises the error of his ways and sets out on adventure to rescue Polly.


“This is the most unexpectedly heartwarming adventure ever.”

Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton, Martin Freeman and David Tennant breathe lift into their roles, giving the story a truly British feel, which is certainly reflected in the irony and charm of the film.  Add to this a supporting roles for Russell Tovey, Brian Blessed, Lenny Henry, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek and Brendan Gleeson and it’s a film of wonderful voice performances.

Some of the humour, especially the visual gags, may be lost upon the animation’s target audience, but the beautifully crafted characters, slapstick humour and sense of adventure will resonate with all.  For an adult audience, its sense of irony and ridiculousness should have you laughing out loud.