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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Pirate Captain (voice)
... The Pirate with a Scarf (voice)
... Queen Victoria (voice)
... Charles Darwin (voice)
... Black Bellamy (voice)
... Cutlass Liz (voice)
... Peg Leg Hastings (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)
... The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice)
Mike Cooper ... Admiral Collingwood (voice)
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Storyline

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$31,051,126

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,054,041
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The blind man with the cane that Pirate Captain bumps into in the street is most likely a reference to Blind Pew, a character in "Treasure island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. See more »

Goofs

As in many paintings of sails ships, here in animated movie, the wind blows from the back to fill and push the sails and the ship forth, but wrongly the flag points back as if the ship advances against the wind. Aesthetic but inaccurate goof often existing even on some classic paintings.. See more »

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[from trailer]
Pirate Captain: You're the best crew a captain could wish for!
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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 »


Soundtracks

I'm Not Crying
Written by Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement
Performed by Flight of the Conchords
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The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (2012)

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists is the latest film from Aardman animations. It mixes mostly stopmotion with some CGI backgrounds. The film sees The Pirate Captain looking to win Pirate of the Year Award, only problem is him and his band of misfits are the most useless pirates around. After bumping into Charles Darwin, he identifies their 'parrot' as a dodo and promises them riches back in London. Pirates has a very quaint sense of humour, with jokes that elicit gentle chuckles rather than full blown belly laughs. The jokes range from plays on words, to daft sight gags. The animation is typical Aardman and lends itself surprisingly well to the action genre. The vocal work is wonderful with Gleeson and Tovey being particular standouts. I wasn't really impressed by the use of modern songs, as they often seemed very obvious (London Calling) or just out of place (Flight of the Conchords). The story seems a bit mixed in terms of both pacing and plotting, which makes sense as it was based on two books. I would suggest watching the original British version as some actors have had their lines dubbed over, and some of the 'ruder' jokes have been changed.


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