By Adam Markovitz
August 28, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
Aardman Animations/Sony Pictures Animations

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

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Great Claymation, like the kind in this adventure from the legendary Aardman studios (Wallace & Gromit), still radiates a warmth that no mind-bending number of pixels can match. You can almost smell the brine in the boat helmed by Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) on his quest to win Pirate of the Year. The regal glares of his archenemy, Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), are tangibly cruel. So even when the whimsy in The Pirates! Band of Misfits‘s history-be-damned story (which also ropes in Charles Darwin) feels a bit forced, the magic of the medium never does. B+

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

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