The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012) – 6/10 stop-motion animated adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Animation Supervisor: Loyd Price
Senior Animation Supervisor: Jay Grace
Co-Director: Jeff Newitt
Producer: Julie Lockhart
Director, Additional Voices and Producer: Peter Lord
Producer: David Sproxton
Original Book and Screenplay Writer: Gideon Defoe

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)

Desperate to win Pirate of the Year competition, Pirate Captain redoubles his effort to steal as much gold as he can but the key to unrealised treasure is much closer to home.

6/10

I do not understand why pirates are held up as aspirational heroes. This is a film designed for all ages yet promotes stealing, murdering and self-interest. The film’s positive message that friends are worth more than gold, even worth more than ham, is clearly presented but overwhelmed by a finalĂ© that emphasizes the magnitude and awesomeness of Pirate Captain’s law-breaking reputation. He wins by being branded, essentially, an international terrorist; he is labeled as a pirate Osama Bin Laden. Hmm. That said, the film is quite entertaining, has a couple of nice gags and is paced very well. With a bit of luck, all that stealing, murdering and selfishness will go over your child’s head in favour of growing a luxuriant beard. Even if they’re a girl.

This movie contains bad language, violence.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

Flushed Away (2006, Computer-Animated Adventure Movie) – 4/10 review

Hugh Jackman: Roddy
Kate Winslet: Rita
Jean Reno: Le Frog
Bill Nighy: Whitey
Andy Serkis: Spike
Shane Richie: Sid
Ian McKellen: The Toad
Director: David Bowers
Director: Sam Fell
Producer: Cecil Kramer
Producer: Peter Lord
Producer: David Sproxton
Writer (Story): Sam Fell
Writer (Story): Peter Lord
Writer (Story): Dick Clement
Writer (Story): Ian La Frenais
Writer (Screenplay): Dick Clement
Writer (Screenplay): Ian La Frenais
Writer (Screenplay): Chris Lloyd
Writer (Screenplay): Joe Keenan
Writer (Screenplay): Will Davies
Head Of Character Animation: Jeff Newitt
Sam Fell: Liam, Prohpet, Ladykiller, Fanseller
David Bowers: Goldfish, Fly, Shocky, Henchfrog #1, Tadpole

Flushed Away (2006)

Roddy St. James, a pampered rodent, finds himself in the London sewer and desperate to get back to his posh Kensington residence.

4/10

Clearly trying too hard to be wacky and charming from the off but instantly and never succeeding. I cannot fathom movies that insist we watch cowardly, self-obsessed, charmless fools ("useless, whiny, stuck-up, pompous big girl’s blouse" according to the script) just so that they can have a character arc. Nor movies that deliberately include a mime under the (criminally mistaken) belief that they are hilarious. Still, this miserable quality of work fits in perfectly with Dreamworks Animation’s contemporary output and I suppose, on the plus side, it doesn’t promote bestiality. One thing it proves beyond all doubt is that Nick Park’s efforts with Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run were more than just iconic design. Much, much more.

This movie contains mild bad language and mild comic violence.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.