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From Wikipedia:

A crew of amateur pirates under the direction of the ambitious but equally novice Pirate Captain try to plunder ships so that the Pirate Captain can accomplish his dream of winning the Pirate of the Year Award. They hijack the Beagle and encounter Charles Darwin, who informs them that Polly, the supposed parrot of the pirate crew, is actually the last living dodo. The pirates go with Darwin and his trained chimpanzee Mr. Bobo to London to show Polly to the Royal Society. Their plan is a success, but the pirates (who have disguised as scientists) are unmasked by Queen Victoria, who hates pirates.

The Pirate Captain leaves Polly with the queen in return for a pardon and a large gold treasure. He presents the treasure at the Pirate of the Year competition, but he is disqualified and exiled when his pardon is discovered; in addition, his crew abandons him when they learn that he sold Polly. Returning to London in an attempt to save Polly, the Pirate Captain reunites with Darwin. Together they find out that Queen Victoria is planning to eat Polly and other rare animals at a secret meeting with other heads of state on her flagship, the QV1. The duo hijack an airship from the Royal Society, fly to the QV1 and confront Victoria. With the support of the pirate crew and Mr. Bobo, they are able to save Polly, sink the QV1 and defeat Victoria. In the end, the Pirate Captain learns the value of friendship and loyalty while Darwin finds a girlfriend and Mr. Bobo joins the pirate crew.


In Other Languages

Spanish ¡Piratas! Una Loca Aventura
Portuguese Piratas Pirados
Japanese ザ・パイレーツ! バンド・オブ・ミスフィッツ
Chinese 神奇海盗团
Korean 허당 해적단

Production timeline

  • November 2, 2009: Temporarily, the film was given a release date of September 28, 2012, until Hotel Transylvania occupied that date in May 2010. By then, "The Pirates" was removed from the schedule for a short time.
  • October 14, 2010: The film moved up to April 6, 2012, upon being reinstated to Sony Pictures Animation's schedule.
  • March 13, 2011: The film moved up another week to March 30, 2012, before being pushed back at the last minute to April 27, 2012.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Teaser trailer Worldwide July 14, 2011
Theatrical trailer #1 Worldwide November 16, 2011
Theatrical trailer #2 Worldwide February 9, 2012
Original theatrical USA April 27, 2012
Blu-ray Disc/DVD USA August 28, 2012

Home video release

Main article: The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Blu-ray/DVD)





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The teaser trailer, as seen on The Smurfs, Arthur Christmas and Season 1 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.


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The second trailer, as seen on Happy Feet Two and Arthur Christmas in theaters.


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The final trailer, as seen on The Lorax.


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