New Behind-the-Scenes Images from Aardman Animation’s THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS

     March 5, 2012

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If you’ve seen the trailers for Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits, you know we’re most likely in for another comedy gem from the studio that brought us Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit.  However, you might not be aware that the stop-motion animation process used to bring The Pirates! to life was an arduous task that spanned 18 months.  We’ve already brought you a featurette giving us a peek into the filming process, as well as coverage from Steve’s visit to the set and interview with director Peter Lord, and now we’ve got new behind-the-scenes images to share with you that detail how The Pirates! was brought to life.

Hit the jump to check out the images. The film features the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, and Imelda Staunton. The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens in 3D on April 27th.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Pirates! Band of Misfits:

In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!

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