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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)
The Albino Pirate (voice)
The Albino Pirate (voice)
The Pirate with Gout (voice)
The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (voice)
The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)
Ben Whitehead ...
The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)
Mike Cooper ...
Admiral Collingwood (voice)


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 USA:

$11,137,734, 29 April 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brian Blessed is printed above the tick box representing the best choice for 'Roaring' at 'The Pirate of the Year' awards. Blessed performs the voice of the Pirate King. 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 »


[from trailer]
Pirate Captain: [looks at Darwin's house] You don't get many girls, do you?
Bobo: No. He. Doesn't.
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the credits many of the props and posters that appear in the background are displayed, giving the audience a chance to spot some of the subtle jokes and puns they may have missed in the film. See more »


Spoofs Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 3
Written by Richard Strauss
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User Reviews

Not perfect but it at least made me laugh.
27 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

The main reason why lots of people will still end up feeling disappointed with this movie is because it's not up to par with Aardman's other work, such as the Wallace & Gromit series and "Chicken Run". But really, the movie in itself is far from a terrible one, though it still definitely has its weaknesses.

Good news is that the movie still features some of the very typical Peter Lord and Nick Park humor in it (though Nick Park wasn't involved with this particular movie). It features lots of very quick and clever visual jokes and some often great and funny dialog, all done in a very British style. And that's also a joke this entire movie relies heavily one; the fact that the pirates in this movie are all being very British, with their mannerisms and accents. This was something that I appreciated but I still did wish that the movie would had done some more stuff with it all.

For a pirates movie, that besides is also made for a younger audience, the story doesn't really ever feel adventurous enough. It doesn't take you to far off or exotic places and the action, which is something I normally really love in Aardman's movies, is mostly missing in this movie. Not that the movie is boring or anything, it's too short and fast paced for that but it still is all a bit lacking and prevents this movie from ever truly becoming a great one.

There just isn't really anything that stands out about this movie at all. Also its characters are being somewhat shallow and you just don't ever feel involved enough with them, or the overall movie. Some of the characters besides get terribly underused and the movie also really could had used a good, fun, strong villain in it.

But oh well, most important thing is that I at least was entertained by it, for almost its entire duration and the movie genuinely made me laugh. In that regard you simply just can't call this movie a bad one, even though it's being sort of disappointing still, in some departments.



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