Stop-motion animation brings’ inappropriate bands’ to live.

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Stop-motion animation brings “the wrong band”.

Stop-motion animation is the process of processing physical objects frame by frame to create motion illusion. It’s one of the oldest movie technologies, but it’s used in a new movie called pirates! A bad band.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Now, stop animation – where physical objects are manipulated frame by frame to give the illusion of motion – one of the oldest cinematic techniques. Today it is using a book called “pirates! A brand new movie.

 

Film critic Kenneth Turan has our comments.

KENNETH TURAN: not very often in history books, but queen Victoria couldn’t stand pirates. In fact, the word “I hate pirates” is clearly inscribed in the crown. You can see it.

Well, actually, you can’t — because the quirky characters in Aardman animation have become a key plot point for this smart pirate business.

(the voice of the movie, “pirates! Illusion of bondage”

Hug :(as a pirate captain) I’m a pirate captain. I’m here for your gold.

TURAN: the main character in this story is the pirate captain, who is given a wonderful performance by Hugh — maybe not the sharpest sailing in the Caribbean, but his hands are very much like a cheerful type, and vice versa.

(the voice of the movie, “pirates! Illusion of bondage”

GRANT: [as a pirate captain] some of you are as ugly as sea cucumbers – you’ll escape them. Some people are more like chairs or hangers than pirates. Some of you are just wearing my hat. But you’re still the best captain ever.

TURAN: a pirate captain has only one mistake in his life: he has never won the annual pirate honor. His confidence was broken when he met his main competitor.

(the voice of the movie, “pirates! Illusion of bondage”

Unknown actor :(as a character) Cutlass Liz!

SALMA HAYEK: [like Cutlass Liz] you might wonder if I’m still as beautiful and deadly as I am. All right, me.

TURAN: the captain was committed to fighting depression, but he had a string of bad luck – and it got worse when he found a young scientist named Charles Darwin. This led to a trip to London and all sorts of crazy things, including meeting queen Victoria.

Lord Peter directs the pirates, and a few years ago he introduced this delightful group of chickens into his partnership. Pirates create a sense of pleasure that is made by hand, not by machine. The film is so low-tech that the captain has spent 18 months in an opponent’s scene, but it’s high enough to use 3D to enhance the experience. If we live in the golden age of animation – and we – the adman people are a key reason.

INSKEEP: Kenneth Turan looks back at MORNING EDITION and los angeles-era movies.

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