What with this morning's post on pirates and Jumping Jack Sparrow popping up everywhere, I was reminded of a snippet of news that had slipped my mind. Aardman Animations is making The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. Hugh Grant will do the voiceover for the above Pirate Captain, whose ambition is to win the Pirate Of The Year Award. Aardman is producing this new stop-motion, 3D, animated film for Sony Pictures Animation, to be distributed by Columbia Pictures and released in the UK on 30 March 2012. If you want cutting-edge contemporary art, that cutlass looks the biz.