Adventure with Oscar™... (10.01.13)
"The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists" is a witty
stop-motion gem from Aardman Animation and Sony Pictures and
it's slapped a big wet mackerel across the faces of the Academy
voters today, because - drumroll please - it's just garnered
rather suprising but never-less-than splendid Academy
Best Animated Picture.
Crackers! Biscuits! That really is brrrrrilliant news,
isn't it? Peter
Lord and Jeff Newitt and Gideon Defoe and the surprisingly
curvacious crew who toiled away for so long, down in Aardman's
Bristol base must be delighted, especially as the film was
considered a bit of a long-shot for an awards nod by many
the industry. As things stand, it will be up against "Brave",
"Frankenweenie", "Paranorman" and "Wreck-it
Oscar™ night. That's some mighty tough competition indeed.
But who cares how things pan out? Let's just celebrate the
here and now...
"The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists" is
absurdly, uniquely, eccentrically British. It's also polarising,
because it just hasn't clicked for some viewers. They see
mish-mash, instead of a mash-up, as Queen Victoria runs
amok and those pirates feud for their beloved Pirate of the
Award. Crikey, what's not to love here? - We've even got Tenpole
Tudor blasting over the gunwale!
Well, whatever your opinion on the absurdities, no one can
that the mayhem is beautifully designed, impeccably crafted and
lovingly staged. And Hugh Grant's Pirate Captain is a luxurient
Let's not forget, that madcap crew have already successfully
plundered this year's Annie
Award nominations. The film is up
for awards in five categories, so fingers, toes, hooks and
legs will be crossed come their big night too (February 2nd).
Maybe, just maybe, all these nominations will help kickstart
floundering sequel. There were more adventures planned, but
film's fair-to-middling box-office left the producers beached.
would be super to see them set sail again. And if they could
somehow sneak off with that shiny golden statue, come February
24th... well, that really would be a piratical feat!
The Pirates Aardman