Waiting for an Aardman film requires patience and understanding. With the advent of computer-generated animation, the wait has been reduced which leaves cinema-goers in the enviable position of having had two released within six months of each other.
"Action Hero" isn't a well-used moniker for the gentleman actor, but thanks to the animation wizards at Aardman, Hugh Grant has taken on his most crusading performance to date in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists.
The Pirates! Is every pre-adolescent boy's celluloid wet dream: Pirates? Check. Wacky science? Check. No women unless they're wearing a fake beard or fat and funny? Check. It's even got a monkey butler.
A video trailer for Aardman and Sony Picture Entertainment's new film The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists! has been criticised for its "poor taste" by national leprosy charity LEPRA Health in Action for its depiction of people with leprosy.