The Pirates (In an adventure with Scientists)
‘It’s only impossible if you stop to think about it’
Words to live by.
And also Ham Nite! Which, let’s be honest, if you don’t like the glorious deliciousness of swine you’re… well, you might be Jewish. Or Muslim. Or a Buddhist. Or a Jain. Or Eritrean Orthodox. Which I didn’t even know was a thing until recently. Or one of those suspicious vegetarian types. Or… even worse…. a VEGAN! *crosses himself, while reaching for the silver bullets*
We entertained today! Well, we had people over. I made roast chickens. And roast potatoes. And harvested salad from the garden. I drank two beers. And I am now absolutely, completely and utterly knackered. I just want to lie here and maybe slip into a (brief, but relaxing) coma. This corona business has left me seriously out of practice with having to talk to ‘actual’ people face to face. It’s exhausting work.
It was also decidedly balmy today. Thirty C. Which is like.. eighty something for you metric hating types. Eighty six Google tells me. Which… you know… is… well its not temperate, let’s go with that.
To recover from my taxing experience I’m watching The Pirates! (in an adventure with Scientists) from my supine vantage on the couch. It’s mindless. But also awesome. And one my favorite Aardman creations.
Is it better than Wallace and Gromit and the curse of the Were-Rabbit? Um… no. Is it better than Shaun the Sheep? Also no. But I would give it a solid third place in the pseudo-claymation… but also a fair amount of CGI… eh… stop motion… genre that Aardman is renowned for.
In January 2012, The Pirates! attracted some very negative reactions from the “leprosy community”. In the movie, The Pirate Captain lands on a ship demanding gold, but is told by a crew member, “Gold? Afraid we don’t have any gold, old man. This is a leper boat!” His arm then falls off, and he says “See?”
There is a leprosy community?
I want to make light of this. But I’m little scared they might send me a strongly worded letter… or organize a picket outside my domicile in which appendages are wielded aggressively.
I laugh at my own joke.
Also, this movie features Charles Darwin. Which… is a rare choice for a movie protagonist, although I can’t imagine why. I feel he probably deserves more screen-time. Maybe wielding a stick. With which to duel the shelled monstrosities of the Galapagos. And… you know… solving the riddle of how we developed from aggressive tree dwelling simians to… well… aggressive savannah dwelling simians. But let’s focus on the smiting of beasts… and deal with the sciencey stuff in a montage.
In any event, The Pirates (in an adventure with Scientists) is highly recommended by me. And I know good stuff.
… Although I also know bad stuff. But I rarely write about it.