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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 nominations. See more awards »





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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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?


The pirate with gout has a Blue Peter badge on his hat. See more »


After the Pirate Captain falls asleep in Darwin's house, Number Two is seen flicking a light switch. Electric light wasn't even demonstrated in London until 1848, eleven years after the film is set. 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

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


Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Arthur Christmas (2011) See more »


Morgenblatter, Op. 279
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Johannes Wildner
Courtesy of Naxos Rights International Ltd.
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Aardman at its finest,
4 April 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Pirates! Band of Misfits is a terrific movie with a very well developed storyline and a stellar voice cast. It's a very enjoyable film for the whole family, the animation is stunning, seeing Aardman with their first claymation movie since Wallace & Gromit, they've had great success with work such as Arthur Christmas and Flushed Away, but the computer animation takes away from the magic of these movies, thankfully the characters are entirely made from clay here, with an outstanding voice cast to match, including Hugh Grant in one of my favourite roles he's ever had. One thing I think the movie is really lacking is depth, there isn't enough of a relationship evident between The Pirate Captain and his crew, particularly Number 2, I felt a friendship between these characters should have been shown, it would have added an extra layer to the pirates that I think definitely could have worked. It's a very funny movie, it had me in stitches many times, whether it be some of the ridiculous jokes about Charles Darwin, the female pirate, or a joke about leprosy, it has enough humour that will please both kids and adults, more so than any other Aardman movie I feel, particularly the main character will probably speak to an older audience more so than children. Beautifully animated, a fantastic voice cast and very likable characters, I would recommend The Pirates! Band of Misfits to anyone looking for a good family film.

The Pirate Captain sets out to defeat his rivals for the Pirate of the Year award.

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