First image from Aardman Animation's Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

The studio that brought you Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run is adapting the popular Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists into a movie due March 30, 2012. And here's your first look!

Hugh Grant headlines an impressive voice cast, which includes Martin Freeman, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Imelda Staunton and David Tennant. Also coming soon from Aardman: Arthur Christmas, coming later this year, all about Santa's secret high-tech operations at the North Pole.

Here's the synopsis for the pirate movie:

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is 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 do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!

Check out the full Pirates! image over at the link. [Hey U Guys]