Behind the 2D Animated Titles of “The Pirates”

Last year Michael Schlingmann found himself designing and animating all the 2D sequences for Aardman/Sony’s The Pirates: Band of Misfits. I wish the whole sequence was online – it’s a real highlight in an already outstanding film – but for now, check Schlingmann’s Doodlepirates blog, illustrated in-depth with words, art and video (like the piece below) detailing his thoughts and process.


  • Holger

    Awesome. I also love it integrated into the map: http://vimeo.com/49769502

  • http://www.kellytindall.com/ Kelly Tindall

    THE PIRATES! is one of the best-looking movies I’ve ever seen; even after multiple viewings I’m still catching a little move from a supporting character or a sight gag I missed. These little bits are icing on the cake.

  • KyleB

    One of my favorite films of the year! Feels like the world at large gave it a pass though. Real bummer, great characters and gags and lavish animation/sets!!

  • http://youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

    “…outstanding film”? Naah. “Pirates”, even though it had its great moments of fun and a fantastic attention to detail and craftmanship, was by far Aardman’s weakest feature-lenght film. Especially disappointing considering it was their first stop-motion feature since the truly excellent “Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit”.

  • http://www.animatedviews.com Randall Cyrenne

    I just watched Pirates tonight, and was very pleased with it. In fact, I liked it much better than Were Rabbit (my least fave W&G outing), and probably even more than Chicken Run. I loved the quick pace and how each frame was bursting with details and sight gags— almost too bursting, so as to be overwhelmed. But overall, it was a good thing. There was more creativity and fun in a frame of pirates than in a few lesser animated films one could mention.

  • andreas Wessel-Therhorn

    michael and I went to college together and we did our final project together, which got us hired at Richard Williams. He was always an outstanding artist and could pick up any new technique without much effort.Good that his talent is getting some attention.

  • Funkybat

    While I know there are some who feel “Pirates” was a visually stunning but otherwise middling Aardman effort, I actually consider it my new favorite of all their features. the U.S. market may have overlooked it, but I went to see it three times in theaters, and the first two times, the theater was pretty much packed. I even took a former “Aardman-hater” who always found their pacing and animation style to be languorous and grinding, and she insisted on seeing “Pirates” again almost immediately! I personally loved the sense of humor, bad puns and all. I hope that Aardman revisits the “Pirates” universe again someday, from what I understand the film was based on the first of several books, so there must be more material waiting in the wings.