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The Pirate Ship!

15 December 2012 - 6 May 2013

Image of animated pirate captain from the film

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Shiver me timbers, a huge ship has dropped anchor at World Museum! The model made for 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists' the latest blockbuster produced by Aardman for Sony Pictures Animation, will be moored here until spring 2013 as part of a small display. 

See how the Pirate Ship was created from initial drawings to the 'real' ship. 

Pirate particulars:

  • The ship is over 4 and a half metres long and has a mast more than 4 metres high. 
  • It took over 5000 hours to develop and has 44,569 parts. 

  • The film is made in Aardman’s trademark stop-motion style using models, sets and 250 puppets.

  • At over 88 minutes long, the film took 20 months to make. Animators filmed an average of just 4 seconds per week! 

  • Based on Gideon Defoe’s book of the same name, the film follows the adventures of the Pirate Captain, played by Hugh Grant.

Watch the film trailer to see the swashbuckling ship in action!

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