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In 1950s Grey Rocks, Nova Scotia, a mysterious old seadog named Captain Charles Johnson comes to port and takes up residence in the inn of Kerstin Hawkins and her son, Jim. Once there, young Jim realizes that there is far more to that old sailor than meets the eye as Johnson offers to help on a school project about pirates in the region in ways Jim never imagined. Along the way, Capt. Johnson learns of the threat that a modern day pirate, the rapacious Mr. Moehner, poses and offers to help with that as well. All the while, that old sailor has his own business in that small town with a more direct link to its past that only Jim knows is possible.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Donald Sutherland, who voices Captain Charles Johnson, spent his teenage years in Nova Scotia where the story of Pirate's Passage is located. Sutherland, who is also co-writer and co-producer of the movie, moved to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia at age 12. He has said of the making of the movie: "It's a way to bring back Nova Scotia in my mind and my heart."
The movie is set in the fictional town of Grey Rocks in the year 1952. That particular year Sutherland worked his first part-time job as an announcer for local radio station CKBW in Bridgewater. See more »
A ship's flag waves in the direction the ship is moving. The reason for this is because the wind that fills the sails pushing the ship forward also pushes the flag in the same direction. See more »
[after Todd spills ink on Jim's desk]
Clean it up.
May I help Jim clean his desk up?
Yes, indeed, you may. And, Todd?
*You* may clean up the floor.
[the other students, except for Jim and Jenny, laugh out loud]
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Pleasant production of history and fantasy
I missed the first few minutes of this animated production and focused in when I heard Donald Sutherland's voice, as I try to watch anything he has participated in. I found myself easily drawn into a simple story with some clever ideas. As the movie progressed, I felt it would have been wonderful to have my grandson watching with us.
The story felt like a Hanna-Barbera movie, but the animation is a totally different style. A young Nova Scotia boy is helped by a ghost pirate to discover about local history, and how to deal with a school bully. His home is a small mansion/inn run by his widowed mother, whose mortgage holder also covets the site for his own plans. Our young boy discovers there are bullies outside of school-yards as well.
Parts of the story unfold in a predictable fashion -- which is desirable in a movie like this. Still there are enough changes and creative areas for all ages to enjoy. You may even learn a thing or two about pirates of the Atlantic.
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