This week we’ve had a talk with Key Animator Ian Whitlock from the brand new film The Pirates! Band of Misfits, he giving us the lowdown on why this claymation epic sticks to its roots while exploring a new scale for the genre. The Pirates! Band of Misfits is directed by Peter Lord, features Hugh Grant in his first animated role as the Pirate Captain, and has superstars like Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven voicing the bad guys. What we’re interested in though isn’t the voices, it’s the technology behind the film itself – how does a next-generation claymation movie compete with the high-definition environment of special effects here in our modern Hollywood world?