If you’re a fan of Aardman Animation (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, and Flushed Away), I’m pretty sure you have April 27th circled on your calender. That’s because on that date, we finally get a new movie from one of the best animation companies in the world. In their latest film directed by Peter Lord, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain who is trying to win the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award with his rag-tag crew (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen). However, with a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and bitter rivals like Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) trying to stop him, it’s not going to be an easy task. David Tennant is also along for the ride as the voice of Charles Darwin. For more on the film, here’s a featurette, behind-the-scenes images, and my set visit.
I recently got to speak with Peter Lord in both a group setting and on my own. During the interviews Lord talked about how the project came to him, the challenges of making the film, how Aardman’s relationship with Sony actually works, why the UK and the US have different titles, Easter eggs, the music, voice casting, and a lot more. In addition, I’ve picked out a few of the highlights of the interviews and created a ten things to know about the film. It’s all after the jump.