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The Pirate Captain is not especially impressive, and his crew is unlikely to frighten anyone, but charm and determination go a long way. So, goaded by Black Bellamy, he decides to enter the 'Pirate of the Year' contest, hoping to win the ultimate treasures: respect and honour. Before he can complete his plan, he must sail through the storm of disapproval from pirate-hating Queen Victoria, and enlist the help of super scientist Charles Darwin. As with all the films of Aardman Studios, there’s no shortage of excitement, humour and daftness on display.
A backstage tour of how the models and sets are made on an Aardman film
A film guide that looks at Early Man (2018), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Learn about the Aardmann animation process , before creating stop motion animations
In this session students will devise, produce and record the soundtrack to their film.
Superb Japanese animation about a girl and boy on the run with a pendant wanted by pirates.
5–11 years 119 mins
Trademark Muppet lunacy abounds in this musical adventure about a quest to claim buried treasure using an old pirate map.
All ages 95 mins
A toy horse, cowboy and Indian go on a series of strange but immeasurably fun adventures.
7–16 years 75 mins
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Our Film of the Month for July 2018 is a charming and funny animation with a fantastic vintage feel, mixing together live-action, anagrams and Claymation.
Viewing time 8 mins
We look at Aardman's latest stop-motion comedy 'Early Man' which sees a winner-takes-all football match between Stone and Bronze Age civilizations.
Reading time 6 mins
We break out the spyglass and take a look at Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, and the enduring appeal of pirates on film.
Reading time 7 mins
Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams and Rob Brydon take us back to where it all began in our 'Early Man' interviews.
Reading time 3 mins
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