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The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (original title)
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.

Directors:

Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt (co-director)

Writers:

Gideon Defoe (book), Gideon Defoe (screenplay by)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... The Pirate Captain (voice)
Martin Freeman ... The Pirate with a Scarf (voice)
Imelda Staunton ... Queen Victoria (voice)
David Tennant ... Charles Darwin (voice)
Jeremy Piven ... Black Bellamy (voice)
Salma Hayek ... Cutlass Liz (voice)
Lenny Henry ... Peg Leg Hastings (voice)
Brian Blessed ... The Pirate King (voice)
Russell Tovey ... The Albino Pirate (voice)
Anton Yelchin ... The Albino Pirate (voice)
Brendan Gleeson ... The Pirate with Gout (voice)
Ashley Jensen ... The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (voice)
Al Roker ... The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)
Ben Whitehead ... The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)
Mike Cooper Mike Cooper ... Admiral Collingwood (voice)
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Storyline

Always outclassed by fierce opponents such as Cutlass Liz, Peg Leg Hastings, and Black Bellamy, the hopeless, Pirate Captain, decides it's high time he won the prestigious 1837 "Pirate of the Year Award". However, this is easier said than done, as the determined captain embarks on a foolhardy quest along with his ragtag crew of misfits which involves Queen Victoria herself, an extremely rare dodo bird, and a brilliant young scientist named Charles Darwin. Will Pirate Captain manage to pull off a surprise victory? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

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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Trivia

Brian Blessed's third theatrically released animated film after Freddie as F.R.O.7. (1992) and Tarzan (1999), as well as the first that doesn't feature Nigel Hawthorne in it or to have him voice any villains. See more »

Goofs

Queen Victoria's look for this movie is older and even her voice actor Imelda Staunton was 56 years old by 2012, however in 1837 Queen Victoria was 18 years old in the time of her reign. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
servant: Admiral Collingwood!
Queen Victoria: Well, Admiral
Admiral Collingwood: Great news, Your Majesty! The French are defeated at last. Also the Russians, the Portuguese, the Chinese, and the Welsh.
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Crazy Credits

"And introducing Mr. Bobo as himself". See more »

Alternate Versions

For the US release, Anton Yelchin replaced Russell Tovey as the voice of the Albino Pirate, and Al Roker replaced Ben Whitehead as the voice of the Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Arthur Christmas (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 3
Written by Richard Strauss
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Enjoyable but no Wallace and Gromit.
9 October 2012 | by pjvanes69See all my reviews

Pirates! Band of Misfits is another fun romp from Aardman with the top class acting, animation and all round production values we've come to expect from the studio.

Unfortunately Pirates was missing one key ingredient usually found in Aardman productions and that is a rock solid story. There wasn't anything particularly wrong with the story, it's just that there wasn't really anything special about it either and as such it failed to engage me as it plodded along very predictably.

There's some nice action pieces as you'd expect but again these just felt like they were shoved in because 'that's what you do' and there was more than a bit of 'let's top our last chase sequence' going on behind the motivation as well.

Ultimately Pirates! Band of Misfits was an enjoyable way to spend an evening but it's not going to leave a lasting impression the way Wallace and Gromit or Chicken Run did.


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UK | USA | Ireland | France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pirates! Band of Misfits in 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,137,734, 29 April 2012

Gross USA:

$31,051,126

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,054,041
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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