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Laughs on the High Seas

The Pirates! Band of Misfits docks in theaters Friday

By Dani Bergman Chudnow | April 24 , 2012

What does it take to be named Pirate of the Year. In the new movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits, the Pirate Captain finds out that it's not so easy to earn the title of top pirate — and gets into all sorts of hilarious hijinks along the way!

The movie opens in theaters on Friday and is a stop-motion animated film. It was created by director Peter Lord and his animation studio, Aardman. Aardman is responsible for some classic animated films, like the Wallace and Gromit series and Chicken Run. And like those other movies, The Pirates! is a crazy adventure where anything can happen.

Recently, Kid Reporter Dani Bergman Chudnow interviewed Lord and Hugh Grant, who voices the Pirate Captain. Grant explained how he prepared for the role of a pirate with a luxuriant beard, and Lord shared some secrets on how the movie was made.

Click Play Video below to watch Dani's interviews! And be sure to check out Dani's review of The Pirates! Band of Misfits!

Interview with Hugh Grant

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Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, an animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. (Photo: Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation)

Interview with Peter Lord
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Pete Lord, Director, on the set of the Pirate Captain's cabin on the set of The Pirates! Band of Misfits. (Photo: Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation)

Peter Lord on Working with Stop-Motion Animation
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Ian Whitlock, Animator, helping the Pirate Captain dance up the stairs in his dream sequence on the set of The Pirates! Band of Misfits. (Photo: Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation)


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