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|
- 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.
|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)
- http://www.thepirates-movie.com (July 17, 2011–
- http://www.sonywonder.com/thepirates (August 21, 2012–July 2013)