Fuck, this film was funny.
As the father of an eight year old, I've seen a lot of kids' movies* so it was interesting of late to come across two interesting examples of the genre**; one shit-hot and the other just shit.
The less said about Dr Seuss' The Lorax, the better; a soulless exercise in marketing and merchandise.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits, on the other hand, had a wildness of imagination that all the best kids' films have. It was though the makers thought "yeah, bugger it, let's whack that in" to every crazy idea that came up.
Charles Darwin as a girl-obsessed, cowardly schlub? "Why not!"
A chase scene where a bath-tub full of pirates pursue Darwin and his monkey butler down a flight of stairs, after Darwin stole the last dodo? "Makes sense to me!"
Jane Austen throwing a beer stein at the Elephant Man? "Absolutely!"
And after The Pirates! Band of Misfits, I watched a film I recorded earlier about Nazi zombies.
What a top night!
* And I mean a loooooooooot of kids' films.
** Ooooh, high-brow.