I normally wouldn’t post film trailers on The Fox Is Black but when the promo for the latest stop-motion feature from Aardman Animations came along earlier today I couldn’t help but share it here. Personally I love stop-motion and, like many, my passion for it can easily be traced back to watching Nick Park’s excellent Wallace and Gromit shorts as a child during the early 90’s. The Pirates! Band of Misfits will be Aardman’s third feature-length stop-motion animation in twelve years (after the rather brilliant Chicken Run in 2000, and the very enjoyable Curse of the Were-Rabbit in 2005).
Released next Spring, The Pirates! is based on a book by Gideon Defoe and is directed by Peter Lord. It also features the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennent and Salma Hayek. Using a combination of traditional stop-motion animation and CGI, the film looks pretty amazing and from the looks of the trailer the combination of both techniques is seamless. This is reassuring news for anyone who found the CGI in Aardman’s 2006 film Flushed Away to be a little less charming then their plasticine counterparts. Speaking of charm, The Pirates! seems to be full of that classic Aardman humor and features their wonderful way with rapidfire bad jokes and their decidedly British humor. I for one am a fan and hope that stop-motion of this scale keeps getting made. I’ll meet you in the cinema queue next Spring!