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July 17, 2011 7:21 AM   Subscribe

Aardman Animation has released the trailer for their upcoming feature: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits.
posted by hippybear (51 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
I am skeptical about movies that use that particular Ramones song in their trailer, but I will overlook that because claymation pirates with posh British accents are so promising. I look forward to seeing this and Muppet Treasure Island in what may be the best pirate double feature ever!
posted by ChuraChura at 7:32 AM on July 17, 2011


I love every bit of this.
posted by hanoixan at 7:33 AM on July 17, 2011


I suppose that the songs in the trailer are filler music, which is standard practice. Like how Requiem For A Dream is overused in trailers, too.
posted by hippybear at 7:35 AM on July 17, 2011


Worth seeing for the beer bubbles alone.
posted by tommasz at 7:54 AM on July 17, 2011


O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
posted by Ber at 7:58 AM on July 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Okay, I admit it -- the leper ship gag made me lol. Lordy, do I love Aardman.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 8:12 AM on July 17, 2011


This looks pretty fun, it defeats my skepticism
posted by NiteMayr at 8:13 AM on July 17, 2011


Different teaser with different music and ??? a different title ???
posted by warbaby at 8:14 AM on July 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


This looks excellent. For those of you who have not read the The Pirates! books by Gideon Defoe, on which these are based, I heartily recommend them.
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:20 AM on July 17, 2011 [4 favorites]


After having watched a couple of Errol Flynn movies recently, I'm all over this. Also, now I want Aardman to remake the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, because I'm all over what Aardman would do with Reepicheep.
posted by immlass at 8:21 AM on July 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love Aardman, but I have to say, their full-length pieces (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit) all feel padded. I think they're best in 20-minute chunks. Too bad there's no market for that.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 8:57 AM on July 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, this looks magnificent. Pity about the 3D, though.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:02 AM on July 17, 2011


...Pity about the 3D...

"2D Glasses allow any RealD 3D movie to be viewed as if it is a normal two-dimensional movie. I created them so my wife could come see 3D movies with me without getting a headache. Soon, I realized that we weren't the only people with this problem, so i decided to make them available online"
posted by 445supermag at 9:07 AM on July 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


@445supermag at half brightness, sure.
posted by AbsoluteDestiny at 9:11 AM on July 17, 2011


Dude, and I say this with a complete lack of hyperbole, anyone using the "@" notation on MeFi is a million times worse than Hitler.
posted by 445supermag at 9:16 AM on July 17, 2011 [5 favorites]


I enjoyed Wallace & Gromit, and Chicken Run was alright, so this one should be worth watching.
posted by promptcurry at 9:17 AM on July 17, 2011


I just hope they don't Americanize the humour, like in Curse of the Were-Rabbit (was probably required by Dreamworks)
posted by Bwithh at 9:30 AM on July 17, 2011


2D Glasses allow any RealD 3D movie to be viewed as if it is a normal two-dimensional movie.

While still paying a premium price for the ticket, and still wearing uncomfortable glasses. If this weren't a pirate movie by Aardman, I'd wait for the DVD.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:34 AM on July 17, 2011


Looks great. One of the Pirates even had a Blue Peter Badge on his pirate hat!
posted by marienbad at 9:39 AM on July 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I second The Pirates! recommendation. They have brought me no end of joy. The fact that Gideon Defoe wrote the screenplay makes me think this will translate with little loss of the humor.
posted by ltracey at 9:58 AM on July 17, 2011


I third The Pirates! recommendation. This movie looks like it is going to be a lot of fun.
posted by munchingzombie at 10:38 AM on July 17, 2011


a million times worse than Hitler.

@=1 megahitler.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 10:54 AM on July 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I agree that the feature lengths lose a little something but even so, they are still better than 90% of other things, so I say Huzzah! And thank you hippybear. :)
posted by Glinn at 10:56 AM on July 17, 2011


MetaFilter: Let's make their gizzards shake.
posted by Cranberry at 11:41 AM on July 17, 2011


This alternative teaser has an awesomely fast sea shanty that tells you exactly what you're looking at in each frame. Very good work.
posted by memebake at 12:07 PM on July 17, 2011


While still paying a premium price for the ticket, and still wearing uncomfortable glasses. If this weren't a pirate movie by Aardman, I'd wait for the DVD.

"In 3D" doesn't mean only in 3D, you know.
posted by reductiondesign at 12:09 PM on July 17, 2011


"...ugly as a sea cucumber..."?

I don't know...they're kinda cute in a way
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 12:10 PM on July 17, 2011


(oh, and thanks to warbaby for that alternative teaser)

Bwithh: I just hope they don't Americanize the humour, like in Curse of the Were-Rabbit (was probably required by Dreamworks)

Hmm, what did you find Americanized in Curse of the Were-Rabbit?
When I watched it, I got a kindof 'aardman but tweaked slightly for internation audience' kind of vibe. But it was still, like, a film set in a northern town about people growing vegetables.
posted by memebake at 12:10 PM on July 17, 2011


I love Wallace and Gromit as much as anyone, but posting a bare trailer (with or without a padded-out IMDB link) is basically just an ad.
posted by DU at 1:22 PM on July 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


AbsoluteDestiny, the 2d glasses don't reduce the brightness (compared to regular 3d glasses). Instead of each eye seeing a different image, the 2d glasses just have both lenses polarized the same so both eyes see the same image, the one intended for (say) the left eye.
posted by mbrubeck at 1:34 PM on July 17, 2011


I'd bet dollars to donuts that there will be a 3D release and a 2D release, probably playing in different auditoriums of the same cineplex, allowing you to make whatever dimensional choice you desire when going to see this film.

As far as I know, there have only been a VERY small handful of movies which have been released in 3D only. That Wim Wenders dance movie (which still hasn't made it out of Europe yet), the Werner Herzog cave painting film, and U23D. Any others which come to mind were IMAX documentary films and have all been out for ages.
posted by hippybear at 1:43 PM on July 17, 2011


I'm fairly sure when I saw the trailer yesterday (in the UK) that it was called Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists. Is that the sort of Americanisation issue you meant?
posted by Grangousier at 1:45 PM on July 17, 2011


DU: it happens all the time, if you haven't noticed. If you really have issues with it, take it to MetaTalk and I'll dig up all the similar posts which you haven't made the same comment in and we can discuss it there.
posted by hippybear at 1:45 PM on July 17, 2011


the Werner Herzog cave painting film

I saw that in a 2D-only showing. (Which further supports your point that they'll probably make the Aardman movie available in both 2D and 3D.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:20 PM on July 17, 2011


mbrubeck, the image polarization reduces the projected brightness by half. Theaters do not compensate for this, I suppose because projectors aren't up to projecting at double brightness for 3D films. Thus 3D ruins films for everyone, and there's no fixing it after the fact.

For the same effect as the "2D glasses", and a far better salute to the film theme, wear an eye patch instead!
posted by CaseyB at 3:17 PM on July 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm hoping for a cameo by Shaun the Sheep.

(He even mucks about with those who cannot bleat.)
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:29 PM on July 17, 2011


I'll gladly pay to see this in 3D as long as they never go back to making full CGI movies like Flushed Away ever again.
posted by cazoo at 3:43 PM on July 17, 2011


Hate to break it to you, cazoo, but Aardman is involved in a CGI movie coming up called Arthur Christmas that's due out later this year.
posted by chimaera at 4:35 PM on July 17, 2011


I don't mind 3D movies that were originally filmed in 3D. Avatar and Jackass 3D (yes, actually Jackass) come to mind as movies that did 3D very, very well.

Post-production conversions I've seen (notably Alice in Wonderland) have been uniformly awful looking experiences. All the scenes in converted movies end up as over- or under- parallaxed wrecks that had serious brightness problems.
posted by chimaera at 4:38 PM on July 17, 2011


I'm fairly sure when I saw the trailer yesterday (in the UK) that it was called Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists. Is that the sort of Americanisation issue you meant?

There do seem to be two titles floating around for this picture, and I'm wondering if it's going to be released under the first book's original name in the UK and a different name in the US. Kind of like the first Harry Potter movie, but more so.
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:00 PM on July 17, 2011


@memebake maybe americanization isn't quite the right word but I remember thinking "that's the kind of broad joke or scene they'd do in a lesser Pixar or Disney movie" quite a lot when watched Were Rabbit
posted by Bwithh at 5:03 PM on July 17, 2011


I didn't actually like The Pirates! blah blah books very much, but I think that the ways in which they weren't good will probably not harm the movie. This looks fun.
posted by hattifattener at 11:43 PM on July 17, 2011


I'm starting to think I'm the only film snob that actually likes all of the flashy blockbusters (and occasional non-blockbuster, like this year's charming 'Born to be Wild') being released in 3D.
posted by item at 4:57 AM on July 18, 2011


My big problem with Curse of the Were-Rabbit was the blue humor. Granted, it's not like we're talking Kevin Smith here, but were the fart jokes necessary? No? How about the "over the moon" scene? I love Aardman because their work is better than that, and seeing the crass humor thrown in was kind of disappointing and took me out of the film.
posted by pxe2000 at 1:40 PM on July 18, 2011


There was plenty of what you call blue humor in Chicken Run. And Flushed Away was one giant toilet joke. And I remember there being small moments in the later W&G shorts, especially the most recent one.

I think perhaps you've overlooked a lot of what's been going on and have found this one film to have bits which stuck out to you. There's always been a small amount of fart jokes and the like going on in Aardman stuff.
posted by hippybear at 4:53 PM on July 18, 2011


To the best of my recollection, there wasn't any toilet humor in the original W&G shorts. I just re-watched them a few months ago, and here are some of the things that stuck out: the trip to the moon, space suits, Gromit's non-mouth, Wendolyne looking like Wallace in a wig, incredible chase scenes, bizarre slapstick, "Have You Seen This Chicken?", the robo-dog, and that shot of Wallace reading the paper with the sheep, all of whom are crying. I haven't seen Chicken Run since its initial release, but what little gross humor was in there has been lost to my memory. (Flushed Away looked like pants and I never bothered to see it.)

On the other hand, Were-Rabbit had the scene with Wallace and the HBC character looking at radishes, the mooning joke, and some bodily humor. A little of that would have been fine, but there seemed to be a lot of it, and it seemed shoe-horned in for the troglodyte Americans.
posted by pxe2000 at 5:27 PM on July 18, 2011


it seemed shoe-horned in for the troglodyte Americans.

I was going to point out the W&G short it seems you haven't seen yet, but I think this conversation is finished.
posted by hippybear at 5:42 PM on July 18, 2011


Metafilter: troglodyte Americans.
posted by stinkycheese at 9:53 PM on July 18, 2011


'Wallace and Gromit's World Of Invention' was very UK-focused and contained a sprout-filled farting elephant called Kevin powering a generator.
posted by BinaryApe at 1:48 AM on July 19, 2011


I thought that the usual thing was to cut out any rude things for an American audience (who seem to have collective apoplexy at nipples or swearing), and put them in for a British one. I'd regard innuendo as a core part of British humour - for example Round the Horne broadcast fairly outrageous innuendo on prime time BBC radio in the 1960s without any protest. Shakespeare did fart jokes for heaven's sake.

I do wonder what British comedy people have been watching to find innuendo and crude humour to be 'unBritish'.

Back on topic - Pirates and Aardman? This looks just perfect!
posted by Coobeastie at 2:31 AM on July 19, 2011


Have the new W&G shorts been made available for something other than Pay Per View? I've wanted to see them, but because they were only streaming on the Aardsite or the BBC in the paid section, I haven't been able to.

Also, Coobeastie: Shakespeare also wrote Titus Andronicus. Just because Shakespeare incorporated something into his work does not make it great.
posted by pxe2000 at 6:05 AM on July 19, 2011


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