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Monday, September 19, 2011

'The Pirates!' gives a point to Talk Like a Pirate Day

Anyone who wants to participate in today's Talk Like a Pirate Day should be required to talk like a Somali pirate, not Long John Silver. The concept was pretty cute when it first emerged more than a decade ago, but now, after four hugely lucrative pirate movies, bloodthirtsy buccaneers are looking pretty long in the tooth. But if one studio can make pirates fun again, it's Aardman Animation, creators of "Wallace and Gromit" and Chicken Run. Next year's The Pirates! Band of Misfits, based on Gideon Defoe's book The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists, casts a claymation Hugh Grant as the luxuriantly bearded pirate captain. The editing and pop songs of the trailer steps on some of the jokes, but it looks pretty amusing:

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