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The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (original title)
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Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

Directors:

Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt (co-director)

Writers:

Gideon Defoe (book), Gideon Defoe (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... The Pirate Captain (voice)
Martin Freeman ... The Pirate with a Scarf (voice)
Imelda Staunton ... Queen Victoria (voice)
David Tennant ... Charles Darwin (voice)
Jeremy Piven ... Black Bellamy (voice)
Salma Hayek ... Cutlass Liz (voice)
Lenny Henry ... Peg Leg Hastings (voice)
Brian Blessed ... The Pirate King (voice)
Russell Tovey ... The Albino Pirate (voice)
Anton Yelchin ... The Albino Pirate (voice)
Brendan Gleeson ... The Pirate with Gout (voice)
Ashley Jensen ... The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (voice)
Al Roker ... The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)
Ben Whitehead ... The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)
Mike Cooper Mike Cooper ... Admiral Collingwood (voice)
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Storyline

Always outclassed by fierce opponents such as Cutlass Liz, Peg Leg Hastings, and Black Bellamy, the hopeless, Pirate Captain, decides it's high time he won the prestigious 1837 "Pirate of the Year Award". However, this is easier said than done, as the determined captain embarks on a foolhardy quest along with his ragtag crew of misfits which involves Queen Victoria herself, an extremely rare dodo bird, and a brilliant young scientist named Charles Darwin. Will Pirate Captain manage to pull off a surprise victory? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Get ready for a new breed of pirates. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action, rude humor and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pirates! Band of Misfits in 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,137,734, 29 April 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,051,126

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,054,041
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Vincent Pastore were considered for the role of The Pirate with Gout. See more »

Goofs

The Pirate Captain steals a penny-farthing bicycle, not invented until 1869. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
servant: Admiral Collingwood!
Queen Victoria: Well, Admiral
Admiral Collingwood: Great news, Your Majesty! The French are defeated at last. Also the Russians, the Portuguese, the Chinese, and the Welsh.
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Crazy Credits

No dodos were made extinct during the making of this motion picture. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in a 3D version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Arthur Christmas (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 3
Written by Richard Strauss
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Funny the second time around.
1 November 2015 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

When I saw this film the first time around, I was inundated with a lot of "life stuff", and so I sat in the audience not really reacting to much of anything, and thinking and feeling that I could predict every gag and story point that came me. I was just in the wrong frame of mind, and so I failed to enjoy my first viewing.

A few days ago I checked out the DVD, and man I hadn't laughed so hard in a long time.

Yes, this is borderline cliché in terms of a Pirate-Genre send-up, but it has a lot of good British subtlety in the humor to be both very fresh and highly humorous. Everything from the expressions of background characters, to obvious names for characters, to the occasional British talent of understatement in the dialogue.

There is no historical accuracy here, and the pirating is kept appropriately G-rated for a family outing, though the film and its humor occasionally skirt into PG territory.

Surprisingly Hugh Grant plays the lead role of the Pirate Captain, and the Hobbit's own Bilbo Baggins in the form of Martin Freeman plays his first mate Number Two, showing the audience that indeed talented actors can do anything, even play stop motion animated pirates for a children's film.

The big act III escapade is appropriately Aardmanesque (whom seem to take quite a few of their cues from Lucas's Star Wars and Indy Jones films) as we see the characters do battle to right wrongs and resume their brand of ill-conceived piracy.

Good laughs, good animation, lots of subtle and intelligent humor mixed in with good old fashioned gags, this film should entertain everyone in the family on some level.

Enjoy.


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