U certificateThe Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! is a Film programme that first aired in 2012 and has been classified a U certificate.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! is a 3 star programme

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

Directed by
Peter Lord
Jeff Newitt

If there is terror on the high seas, it isn't because of enthusiastic but dreadfully inept Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant). Along with his ragtag crew, he's scouring the oceans for plunder that will help him win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award but after encountering nudists, lepers and ghosts, he's close to giving up.

In a final attempt, he stumbles upon a ship carrying scientist Charles Darwin (David Tennant), who the crew quickly kidnap. They're still low on booty, so when Darwin recognises The Pirate Captain's podgy parrot as actually being the close-to-extinct dodo, he easily persuades his captor to bring the bird back to London with promises of untold riches.

However, back in the capital, pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) rules Britannia, and if she catches on that the group - disguised as Girl Guides - are actually swashbucklers, they'll be lucky to make it out of the city alive.

Nick Park's long-time collaborator Lord does a fine job in this Aardman production shorn of the company's star creator. The jolly story contains all the company's trademark wit and playfulness which, added to a top voice cast headed by Grant, proves yet again that in this medium the stopmotion masters rule the waves.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 85 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2012

3/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Production Country: UK/USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Hugh GrantHugh Grant...The Pirate Cap.
Image for Martin FreemanMartin Freeman...The Pirate with a Scarf
Image for Imelda StauntonImelda Staunton...Queen Victoria
Image for David TennantDavid Tennant...Charles Darwin
Image for Jeremy PivenJeremy Piven...Black Bellamy
Image for Salma HayekSalma Hayek...Cutlass Liz
Image for Lenny HenryLenny Henry...Peg Leg Hastings
Image for Brian BlessedBrian Blessed...The Pirate King
Image for Anton YelchinAnton Yelchin...The Albino Pirate
Image for Brendan GleesonBrendan Gleeson...The Pirate with Gout
Image for Ashley JensenAshley Jensen...The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate
Al Roker...The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens
Mike Cooper...Admiral Collingwood
David Schneider...Scarlett Morgan
Tom Doggart...Additional Voices