Reviewed Aug 17, 2012
Fraser Mckissack’s review:
If the filmmakers had spent less time on the visuals and more time on the script this film could have been a classic. Instead, what we get is a gorgeous and visually charming film that has absolutely no substance and comedy that relies on the most basic jokes. Even with an impressive voice cast there is little personality injected into the characters and the plot is painfully predictable. For viewers 5 and under Pirates! will probably appeal, for viewers older than this you will probably get bored very quickly and it is because we have been spoilt rotten. It is no longer enough for animation to appeal to kids, Pixar and Dreamworks et al. have proven that animated "childrens" films don't have to be moronic, and can subtly appeal to a broader audience often with jokes that will go right over the heads of younger audiences. Pirates! does not achieve this level of complexity at all. A missed opportunity.