Trailering Arthur Christmas and The Pirates!

First Aardman Animations and Sony released the UK teaser trailer for the CG-animated feature, Arthur Christmas (opening Nov. 23). And today comes the first UK teaser for Aardman’s next stop-motion feature, Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists, directed by co-founder Peter Lord (opening Sept. 21, 2012). And what a year for stop-motion 2012 is shaping up to be with Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie (Oct. 5) and Laika’s Paranorman (Aug. 17) joining the fray.

Looking at Arthur, Aardman & Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) have collaborated on a funny CG feature that truly does let Aardman be Aardman (unlike Flushed Away): A “state of comic dysfunction” ensues as an unlikely hero helps Santa deliver those presents in one night, ultra high-tech style. Arthur is directed by Sarah Smith and Barry Cook, boasts James McAvoy (Arthur), Bill Nighy (Grandsanta), Hugh Laurie, and Jim Broadbent.

Meanwhile, Pirates!, based on the Gideon Defoe book, pits Hugh Grant’s sea captain against rivals Jeremy Piven and Salma Hayek for the Pirate of the Year award. Looks like Aardman is back in action doing the latest and greatest with stop-motion and digital enhancements.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Movies

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