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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.

Directors:

Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt (co-director)

Writers:

Gideon Defoe (book), Gideon Defoe (screenplay)
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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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It's a plunderful life See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action, rude humor and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

UK | USA

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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. 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 »

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

Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Five-Year Engagement (2012) See more »

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Blow the Man Down
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Traditional Aardman Returns
20 May 2012 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

We haven't seen a full length clay animated Aardman film in a while. Their recent full length films are CGI. They are not bad though but we kind of miss seeing their stop-motion animation in the big screen with characters showing off their teeth and some visible fingerprints on the models. After six years, their traditional animation returns to cinema by this movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. There isn't much of a change. It's not as brilliant as their other films but the delight and excitement are still there.

Happily, the studio still has its greatness. Sadly, there are no "Easter Eggs" from their other films as they usually do. It doesn't quite matter though. At least they recaptured the fun and it has a big heart. The story is just simple but it's quite a ride. The connections with the history is silly but also kind of hilarious. Its ludicrousness already makes a good joke. The voice acting is predictably good. Hugh Grant gives The Pirate Captain a delightful personality. Martin Freeman is just wonderful as his backup. Russell Tovey and David Tennant also lightens the adventure. Imelda Staunton makes a threatening villain in this movie.

Their stop motion animation is always magnificent. They can give these clay models a wonderful personality by their looks and facial expressions. It also has the trademark character design with them showing off their teeth. We know that these are just clay and some other stuff, but even if they are small, it still can make a big and marvelous adventure. Everything is crazy and fun. The jokes are clever. There's hardly anything new about the film but it's still good.

It's just great to see another stop-motion clay animated film from Aardman in the big screen, but this time it's in 3D. The 3D is pretty good, but even in 2D the film is still wonderful to watch. These kinds of family films are rare these days. While kids these days like movies with talking animals and some other mediocre stuff, this one uses the ludicrous elements in a smart way. Like I said, it's not new but it's still an exciting and enjoyable film.


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