The Pirates! Band of Misfits Review
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
27 April 2012
Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Quote by Queen Victoria
When Queen Victoria tells the Pirate Captain that “I may have the body of a weak woman” she is quoting from her predecessor Elizabeth I, who made a very similar remark in a famous speech in 1588 when England when threatened with the approach of the Spanish Armada.
The film is based on Gideon Defoe’s novels ‘The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists’ (the Pirates encounter Darwin and Bobo) and ‘The Pirates! in an Adventure with Whaling’ (the Pirates face off against Cutlass Liz).
Sign in the port
On entering Blood Island port a sign can be seen saying “twinned with Weston Super Mare” which is a seaside town close to Bristol where Aardman Animation is based.
“lock up your daughters”
Peg Leg Hastings’ line “lock up your daughters” when he enters the pirate pub is a reference to the Slade song with the same title.
The film takes place in 1837,
whilst The Beagle was sailing from the summer of that year, Charles Darwin himself was not part of that voyage.
The Elephant Man
When the banished Pirate Captain is trying to sell baby clothes in London, a man is seen walking by, wearing oddly shaped gloves and a bag on his head with a single eye-hole. This is a reference to Joseph Merrick, a.k.a. The Elephant Man, a heavily deformed man, victim of the Proteus Syndrome, who lived in England between around the 1870’s and became some kind of national celebrity. When going out in public, Merrick would wear the outfit seen in the movie.
Animation technique used
The film is primarily stop-motion animation, but computer-generated animation was used for much of the scenery (the sky and sea primarily).
The inhabitants of the “plague ship” are clearly lepers, and were named as such in the trailer. The word leper was removed from the finished film after complaints by a Leprosy charity organization.
Gourmet or Glutton society
In real life, Charles Darwin was a member of the Gourmet or Glutton society which involved eating, not necessarily endangered, but unusual animals such as parakeets and owls.
RT/Meta Critic Review
The action is beautifully staged, delightful, and exciting.(Click here to see)