Ohhh, Look…Behind-the-Scenes Set Shots – Aardman Animation’s 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits'

Aardman Animation is known for their stunning and lavish animation style. In their upcoming feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits they look to reset the bar they’ve been raising for nearly 40 years with the eye-popping and gorgeous animation that has become their trademark. But while that claymation may look simple, creating living breathing characters it is anything but. Below are a slew of photos showing the behind the scenes efforts to make the film as well as a great featurette (thanks to Collider for the heads up). Enjoy!!

Aardman co-founder Peter Lord directs this delightful adaptation based on The Pirates! book series by Gideon Defoe. Much in the spirit of Wallace and Grommit and Chicken Run this looks like a clever, charming and hysterical return to form from the studio. While I just loved their latest foray into digital animation Arthur Christmas, sometimes the old school is the best school and by that right, Aardman is headmaster. For more on this film have a look at the gorgeous and intricate behind the scenes video of the team who laboriously brings The Pirates! Band of Misfits to life.

Featuring the voice talents of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant and Imelda Staunton, The Pirates! Band of Misfits is directed by animation legend Peter Lord. Aardman, Columbia and Sony Pictures Animation will bring this fun family feature to theaters in 3D this Spring on April 27th, 2012. What do you think? Look like a whale of a tale to anyone??