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The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) Poster

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In real life, Charles Darwin was a member of the Gourmet or Glutton society which involved eating, not necessarily endangered, but unusual animals such as parakeets and owls.
The inhabitants of the "plague ship" are clearly lepers, and were named as such in the trailer. The word leper was removed from the finished film after complaints by a Leprosy charity organization.
When released in the US, the film's original title was changed from 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!' to 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits,' with some of the original voice cast replaced with American actors. The Netflix version in the UK and Ireland retain the original cast however use the US title, although the end credits do not credit any actor with their performance.
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.
The film is primarily stop-motion animation, but computer-generated animation was used for much of the scenery (the sky and sea primarily).
When Queen Victoria tells the Pirate Captain that "I may have the body of a weak woman" she is quoting from her predecessor Elizabeth I, who made a very similar remark in a famous speech in 1588 when England when threatened with the approach of the Spanish Armada.
David Tennant voices Charles Darwin, who meets Queen Victoria. Tennant also meets Queen Victoria as The Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw (2006).
When the banished Pirate Captain is trying to sell baby clothes in London, a man is seen walking by, wearing oddly shaped gloves and a bag on his head with a single eye-hole. This is a reference to Joseph Merrick, a.k.a. The Elephant Man, a heavily deformed man, victim of the Proteus Syndrome, who lived in England between around the 1870's and became some kind of national celebrity. When going out in public, Merrick would wear the outfit seen in the movie.
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The film is based on Gideon Defoe's novels 'The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists' (the Pirates encounter Darwin and Bobo) and 'The Pirates! in an Adventure with Whaling' (the Pirates face off against Cutlass Liz).
During the film, Brendan Gleeson's character Pirate with Gout, has a Blue Peter badge on his hat. This badge was given away on the show Blue Peter (1958), also the name for the show is derived from the flag flown from ships leaving port.
The film is set in 1837, Queen VIctoria would have been 17/18 at the time; an age that she is clearly not depicted as being.
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In the books upon which the movie is based, Cutlass Liz is described as resembling Julie Christie as she appeared in either Billy Liar (1963) or Darling (1965).
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The film takes place in 1837, whilst The Beagle was sailing from the summer of that year, Charles Darwin himself was not part of that voyage.
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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.
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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.
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was originally going to play Peg Leg Hastings.
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Charles Darwin offers to pay for ten pounds for Polly. Charles Darwin and The Beagle were featured on the reverse of the ten pound note issued by the Bank of England at the time the film was made.
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The pirate with gout has a Blue Peter badge on his hat.
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Issued under the title "The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists" in the UK.
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