July 3 2015 by Tom Wilton:
Buccanearly from directors Jack Lowson and Ryd Cook is a simple look at a day on the beach for one family, with an added dose of swordfights and searching for buried treasure.
Typically unremarkable in its style, it's as free and loose as the kids playing at being pirates. The handheld camera grabs snatches of shots, as the dialogue swifts over and amongst itself. Buccanearly would almost feel completely improvised, if it weren't for the assured hand of Cook and his frequent collaborator, Dave Clark serving as co-writer again.
What really makes the film standout though is it's use of stop motion animation (Lowson's contribution), which opens and closes the film. The effect is well placed, allowing the short movie to punctuate the value of the human imagination at play, all while allowing us to sit back, reminisce and smile.
You can catch Buccanearly now on Cinema Zero or after the fact on YouTube.