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Tales of the Black Freighter -- As superhero Dr. Manhattan abandons Earth, leaving its fate hanging, a boy reads a survival tale about a doomed sailor who goes mad while returning home from being marooned.
Tales of the Black Freighter -- A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn it has a horrific cost.


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Release Date:
24 March 2009 (USA) See more »
A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn it has a horrific cost. | Add synopsis »
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just a terrific animated short film let alone 'companion piece' See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)

Gerard Butler ... The Sea Captain (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cam Clarke ... Money Lender (voice)

Siobhan Flynn ... Sea Captain's Daughter (voice)

Jared Harris ... Ridley (voice)

Salli Saffioti ... Sea Captain's Daughter (voice)
Lori Tritel ... Sea Captain's Wife (voice)
Bridget Hoffman ... Sea Captain's Wife (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel DelPurgatorio 
Mike Smith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Moore  graphic novel "Watchmen" (uncredited)
Zack Snyder  screenplay
Alex Tse  screenplay

Produced by
Kyle Clark .... executive producer
Wesley Coller .... executive producer
Lawrence Gordon .... executive producer
Lloyd Levin .... executive producer
Brian McNulty .... producer
Deborah Snyder .... executive producer
Zack Snyder .... executive producer
Karen Mayeda Vranek .... producer
Original Music by
Tyler Bates 
Film Editing by
Jake Patton 
Casting by
Andrea Brown 
Production Design by
David Vyle Levy 
Chris Watts 
Production Management
Tim Archer .... post-production supervisor
Shanna Bassinger .... head of studio production
Harry Michalakeas .... head of studio pipeline development
Art Department
Ronnie Bates .... conceptual designer
Kody Chamberlain .... conceptual designer
Goran Delic .... conceptual designer
Daniel DelPurgatorio .... conceptual design
Dave Gibbons .... illustrator: graphic novel
Justin Harder .... conceptual designer
Brandon Jeffords .... conceptual designer
Brandon Jeffords .... storyboard artist
Andrew Knight .... storyboard artist
Robert Valley .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
T.J. Callaway .... dialogue & effects work-track editing
Derek Pippert .... foley editor
Frank Pittenger .... dialogue & effects work-track editing
Visual Effects by
Jeffrey Alcantara .... compositing supervisor
Walter Behrnes .... digital effects lead
Jared Brower .... background digital painter
Chris Browne .... compositor
Laura Bussinger .... production coordinator
Cheryl Davis .... compositor
Manny Dubon .... iq artist
Rob Foster .... compositor
Devadas George .... compositor
Richard Gouge .... compositor
Tiffany Grant .... compositor
Elizabeth Hauser Hemme .... lead compositor (as Elizabeth Hauser)
Barrett Lewis .... compositor
William Scott McCullough .... compositor
John Nesselrodt .... compositor
Sungman Pyun .... compositor
Mike Roy .... title design
Jake Rusch .... digital effects artist
Augusto Schillaci .... digital supervisor
Wayne A. Shepherd .... digital compositor: At The Post
Wonchan Song .... compositor
Julie Terrell .... compositor
Michael Walton .... compositor
Mark Whiting .... color script
Animation Department
Lubomir Arsov .... character designer
Saul Chung .... animation director
Bryan Engram .... head of studio animation
Sylvia Filcak .... color model artist
Robert Harand .... layout artist
Mike Smith .... character designer
Dan Segarra .... background character animator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Des Carey .... digital intermediate supervisor
Ralph Paredes .... post-production coordinator
Ahren Shaw .... assistant editor
Music Department
Nick Baxter .... protools engineer
Tony Blondal .... midi preparation
Gustavo Borner .... scoring mixer
Eric Bradley .... musican: singer
Ross DeRoche .... supervising music copyist
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Justin Moshkevich .... protools engineer
Tim Williams .... composer: additional music
Tim Williams .... conductor
Tim Williams .... orchestrator
Other crew
Oliver Benavidez .... production assistant
Chris Butler .... production assistant
Kyle Craig .... digital production assistant
Cassandra Fauss .... production analyst
Matthew Homeyer .... production assistant
Jasmine Johnson .... production coordinator
David Parrish .... artist management
Chuck Peil .... vice president of business development
Matt Pittman .... digital production assistant
Brian Yonck .... wb staff production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood" - USA (long title)
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Rated R for violent and grisly images
26 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Originally intended to be featured within the Watchmen (2009) film, but removed once the time span of the film began pushing 3 hours.See more »
The Sea Captain:I headed east. East, borne on the bodies of murdered men. Hope can be a horrible thing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Watchmen (2009)See more »
Pirate JennySee more »


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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
just a terrific animated short film let alone 'companion piece', 27 March 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

The Tales of the Black Freighter series in the book of Watchmen was linked to the actual plot of Watchmen with merely one line (I won't mention by whom, but it's by one of the main characters, towards the end) that ties into what and why the story is in the book thematically. But on its own the story and art in Tales of the Black Freighter is done in the source like a real old-style pulpy comic with the underlying lines going across the panels, touched up with some really gruesome images and a moral that is about next to none - the guy is sent to damnation. As a short animated film Zack Snyder and his team decided to up the ante on the style, to make it a 2-dimensional stand-alone effort with the translation almost identical to that of the source (save, perhaps, for Snyder's penchant for ridiculous amounts of bloodshed, which are more appropriate here than in the actual Watchmen film).

The animation here is gorgeous, doomed, and totally haunted. It might be considered a horror movie in some moments - the main character is on a beach and ties a bunch of his fallen dead shipmates onto a raft with body parts falling off and gas rising out from the intestines - but it's also about insanity and an unamicable downward spiral. Even having read the book and knowing it was a sad and disgustingly surreal piece of work I was not prepared for how the animation kicked my ass, so to speak. It's a startling expression of a descent into hell, a poetic fever dream done with some striking flashes of color, character, violence, and the whole disjointed but logical mood of the sea itself; when the seagulls and sharks come around it brings some of the most memorably savage bits in recent memory anywhere. Only once or twice did the action feel a little stilted, as animation can sometimes be, but it overall was a kind of minor triumph (Gerard Butler, I should add, also did very well as the voice of the pirate).

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