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So You Want to Be a Pirate! (2012)

Video  -  Animation | Short  -  13 August 2012 (UK)
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With the help of his trusted dodo Polly, the Pirate Captain presents fun-loving and hilarious tips and advice on pirating. Learn how to remember where you buried your treasure, the secrets ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Charles Darwin (voice)
The Pirate King (voice)
Sophie Laughton ...
Matilda / Narrator (voice)
Ben Whitehead ...
Announcer (voice)
Randolph Matthews ...
The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)


With the help of his trusted dodo Polly, the Pirate Captain presents fun-loving and hilarious tips and advice on pirating. Learn how to remember where you buried your treasure, the secrets of navigating winds, get an inside look at pirate recruiting and even a PirateÂ's recipe for a giant squid with lemon. Featuring special guests like Charles Darwin and the Pirate King you will set sail for giggles and fun with musical surprises along the way! Written by Anonymous

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Included as an extra on the DVD of The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012). It has the same characters and takes place after the movie. See more »

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Feels like it needed to be made for the DVD rather than being made from a good idea
3 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The trend with animated films since Pixar has been to produced short films with the same characters – either for a DVD release, to feature in cinemas with other films from the studio or in many cases, both. For many films this is a very welcome thing but not always and I must admit that for Pirates, as much as I liked the film, I didn't love it to the point where I was falling over myself for more. So having this short film on the DVD didn't do much for me other than make me curious.

The film is in the style of a late night chat show where the Pirate Captain presents various pirate-related features and adverts; from cooking, beard-maintenance, the importance of treasure maps and other such topics are all covered here. The end result is an amusing short film but not one that really needed to be made other than the need for a short film to go with the film. This shows since it feels like a film in search of an idea rather than the other way around; the concept is decent enough but fragmented and as a result quite sporadic in terms of laughs. The voice cast has some good names in there as the film did but nobody is really used too well. Perhaps it didn't help that I wasn't massively in love with the main film, but to be this short film just felt like it needed to be made, not that it was really crying out to be.

Amusing if you liked the film, but otherwise this is just a so-so short film despite the occasional decent laugh.

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