April 29, 2012 7:29 PM

’The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ helps stop-motion animation endure

For a technique first developed before talkies, stop-motion is surprisingly current: In addition to “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” there are three more stop-motion films due in U.S. theaters this year — in August, Laika Studios’ zombie comedy “ParaNorman” and an English-language dub of the Czech film “Toys in the Attic,” and in October, Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie.”

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