Not for my 6-year-old
We're fans of W&G and Shaun the Sheep, so we looked forward to this. Unfortunately, it was intense for our 6-year-old. She was comfortable with the hand-to-hand fighting and the minor swordfighting, but there were two scenes of near-executions, in which a character's neck is on the block with the bad guy wielding a big shiny cleaver. Both times the character is rescued, of course, but it's a disturbing image that gave her nightmares. She also struggled to understand the scenes in which Queen Victoria led the exotic-animal eating club. I wonder why they used a real historical figure for this? That took some explaining; my daughter asked me if the real Queen of England eats pandas. She loved that the pirates fought for "booty," of course, and has talked about "booty" ever since. And she wants to be Cutlass Liz for Halloween, which has more to do with her sword than with her sexy outfit (I think). All in all, Aardman studios made some choices I wish they'd avoided, because otherwise it was a clever movie with a good ending -- the primary character, who has been a jerk to everyone (in ways even a kid can grasp), turns it around and apologizes.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing