Trailer Hopping : The Pirates Band of Misfits is Fast Paced, Fun Adventure

Rating: Butter
Posted April 15th, 2012 by popcorn

The Pirates Band of Misfits trailer is funny, very funny. Aardman knows how to do humor in animation. The pace is lightning fast and the action keeps on going. This is a fun and entertaining movie worth watching, although their work somehow doesn’t captivate the American audience.

Every scene in the trailer has a funny line or two, probably too many to catch in one sitting. While the trailer has something going on constantly, similar to The Adventures of Tin Tin, it should stop once in a while for a breather. I can barely keep up with what they’re saying, let alone some of the jokes. Yes, there are some of us who still have trouble understanding the fast speaking British. Yes, lame, I know; so, slowing it down a tad bit would make it more enjoyable for me.

The trailer does a poor job telling the story or introducing the characters. From watching the trailer, I thought the movie was about a pirate seeking gold and trying to escape from the villainous queen. The trailer states that the Pirate Captain is the most feared pirate but his persona appears more like a lovable protagonist than a feared and hated pirate. I’d imagine him more to be like Jack Sparrow than Blackbeard.

After reading the synopsis for the movie, I got a completely different story. Nothing in the trailer indicates that the Pirate Captain was competing for a Pirate of the Year award and Charles Darwin was involved in the adventure.

The trailer introduces Aardman as the producers for Chicken Run, their most successful animation in the U.S. I don’t know why their other works don’t have as much appeal to a broader American audience, since they’re funny, clever and entertaining. My only guess would be their stop motion characters take getting used to, in terms of physical appeal. Besides Chicken Run, consisting mostly animals and voiced by Americans, their other animations have very ugly human characters, voiced by the fast speaking British – clay is probably harder to make pretty, too. US animation tends to be cute and adorable, except, maybe Shrek, but he’s an ogre, and we definitely don’t talk that fast unless we’re some valley girl or super excited.

Oh, one more thing -- what’s with the exclamation anyway? Is this British humor that doesn’t translate to an American audience?

The Pirates Band of Misfits is scheduled to open on April 27, 2012. It stars the voices of Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed, Lenny Henry, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, and Salma Hayek.

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