Brought to the screen by Aardman Animation, the British stop-motion maestros behind “Wallace & Gromit” and “Chicken Run,” “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a busy, buzzy bit of fun, loaded with sight gags and wordplay and silly surrealism in lovely 3-D. It also has likable characters, no matter how piratical, and the wide-eyed Aardman style — chaos composed out of meticulous order, frame by frame — is always welcome to see. To be honest, I’m not sure if kids will follow the intricacies of the plot of “The Pirates!” — there’s Charles Darwin in the mix, as well as Queen Victoria, with plenty of plot convolutions and exposition along the way — but, frankly, as the creators of the film didn’t seem to worry too much about that, I’m not going to, either. And there’s plenty of quick, silly slapstick, along with goofy non sequiturs, crammed in the spaces between the story beats to keep anyone amused.
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