Comic-Con 2011: Arthur Christmas & The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Arthur Christmas and The Pirates Band of Misfits Comic-Con

The movies portion of Comic-Con 2011 kicked off with the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 panel and it was directly followed by the Animation Showcase which give host to presentations for two films by Sony Pictures Animation: the 3D CG-animated Arthur Christmas and the 3D stop-motion-animated The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

While the voice talent for the two animated features have not been listed in attendance, we hope for a few surprises, so read on for details on the two films as well as our coverage of what was shown.

Below are descriptions of both films during the presentation, which begins at 12:45pm EST (slightly delayed now) and runs for 30 minutes.

Sony Pictures Animation plunges Hall H into a 3D animation universe with previews of upcoming films with Aardman, the home studio of Wallace and Gromit, as they make their first trip across the pond to Comic-Con to present a first look at two of their upcoming animated feature films: Arthur Christmas -- The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: "So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?" The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic -- a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Producer Peter Lord and co-writer Peter Baynham discuss the animated film.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits -- In the 3D, stop motion-animated The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant, stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain -- a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It's a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! Director/producer Peter Lord will be live on stage to talk about the movie.

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Arthur Christmas opens in theaters November 23, 2011 and The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens the following year on September 21, 2012.


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