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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.




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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Prepare 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 »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On entering Blood Island port a sign can be seen saying "twinned with Weston Super Mare" which is a seaside town close to Bristol where Aardman Animation is based. See more »


The Pirates disguise themselves as Girl Guides. The Girl Guide movement wasn't founded until 1909, eight years after the death of Queen Victoria. See more »


[from trailer]
Peg Leg Hastings: The Pirate of the Year Awards...
Pirate Captain: Every time I've entered, I've failed to win. So, I must have a really good chance this time!
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Crazy Credits

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


Spoofs Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Blow the Man Down
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User Reviews

Aardman to watch
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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