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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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Great little short film whether you consider it "important" as part of Watchmen or not 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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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 »

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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'd had swallowed too much sea water. I had swallowed too much horror.See more »
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Pirate JennySee more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Great little short film whether you consider it "important" as part of Watchmen or not, 28 May 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

It was a while after I watched Watchmen that I got around to getting this companion film – essentially put together from the reading of the comic of the same name within the comic of Watchmen. Not being a massive defender of the comic, I am not petty about it nor do I wish to debate for hours about how the film works without it, how the changes in the film affect this film, how you must be an idiot if you think this, or how you must be an idiot if you don't think that – and so on. No, instead I came to the short film knowing its parallels with the main story/film and yet also keen to see how it works as a film full stop.

The answer is that it works very well because it produces a really gaudy depiction of the story with a much clearer link to the mental journey of Ozymandias and/or Rorschach – again I cannot be bothered to debate it on the message boards, for my money it works for both. The film is really well animated but not to the point that it is stylised to the point where it doesn't feel real. Instead, the gore and horror is made to feel very real and very horrible – not "owh gross" horrible in the way teen slasher films are, but it is really quite tangible how awful events are from start to finish. The story is quite simple but, because the horror is so well captured, it doesn't really matter if you watch this with Watchmen in mind or not – although of course it is meant for you to do so as well. The delivery is generally strong as well thanks mainly to the impressive delivery from Butler as the captain in narration. His haunted and nuanced voice is a great fit with the graphics – in particular the captain showing on his face what we are hearing.

It is ironic because, while I thought that the full film of Watchmen struggled because of how it stuck to the events in the book to the detriment of the heart of the book, the Black Freighter appears to have captured both. I'll let others argue it out but for me it was best to strip this out of the film and, while it works well in the comic spread out over the telling of the main story, it works equally as well here as a companion short film.

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