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The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
"The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  27 April 2012 (USA)
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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.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Victoria (voice)
Charles Darwin (voice)
Black Bellamy (voice)
Cutlass Liz (voice)
The Pirate King (voice)
Ben Whitehead ...
Mike Cooper ...


After years of humiliation and failed attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain and his oddball crew take on the cream of the pirating crop - Black Bellamy, Peg Leg Hastings and Cutlass Liz - in a race to pillage the most booty. They soon cross paths with lovelorn scientist Charles Darwin, who persuades the Captain that the crew's prized 'parrot', Polly, could be the answer to the 'untold riches' they are searching for. Their adventure takes them to Victorian London where they meet Darwin's sidekick 'man-panzee' Mister Bobo, and the notorious pirate-hating Queen Victoria herself. It soon unfolds that Darwin's motives for helping the crew are not what they seem, and the Queen has an evil hidden agenda of her own. The Pirate Captain must choose between basking in the glory of being crowned Pirate of the Year, or staying faithful to his trusted crew. Written by Tom

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Places to pillage. People to skewer. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pirates! Band of Misfits  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,137,734 (USA) (27 April 2012)


$31,051,126 (USA) (3 August 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peg Leg Hastings' line "lock up your daughters" when he enters the pirate pub is a reference to the Slade song with the same title. See more »


The pirates' ship heads to London and stops in Calais for some duty-free shopping. Calais is misplaced on the map. It should be far up north, above the word "Flanders". See more »


Pirate Captain: And that's why, in a straight fight, a shark would probably beat a Dracula.
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Crazy Credits

"And introducing Mr. Bobo as himself". See more »


References The Elephant Man (1980) See more »


Written by Jem Finer, Shane MacGowan, Edmund Koetscher, and Rudi Lindt
Performed by The Pogues
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd.
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31 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

Actually easy to watch, if you forgive the pun. More to the point though, it seems to be fairly difficult to convince an American audience to watch animation movies that have that weird British humor in it. Just take the omission of Arthur Christmas as one big example of this. An omission at the Oscars that is, that is just out of my understanding and reach. A wonderful family movie (far better than some of the nominated animated pictures), it didn't get the credit it deserved.

Pirates will have a hard time too. Not only the misfits of the story (they'll have to overcome quite some obstacles), but also the movie itself. If you don't mind an animated movie that actually requires you to use your brain while you watch it, then this could be for you.

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