YMMV: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

  • Award Snub: Losing the Oscar to Brave (though Brave is no slouch).
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics were fairly positive, with an 86% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Average cinemagoers had a bit more of a mixed opinion.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The leper- ahem.. "plague" ship being raided, with one victim losing an arm.
    • Cutlass Liz randomly stabbing people. In a kid's film. What should be horrifying suddenly becomes hilarious.
  • Designated Hero: Why are we rooting for the pirates again? The only thing they done that's even remotely close to genuine goodness is saving Polly, who the Captain had himself sold. Let's not forget that these people have sworn themselves to looting and gutting people. They are the lesser of two evils in the story and it's a children's tale, but one can still wonder why we are supposed to sympathise with them.
    • Well, they are very bad at piracy so most looting and gutting they've actually gotten away with was pure luck.
    • Because they're amusing and it'd be a very boring world if you were only allowed to sympathise with a morally upstanding protagonist.
  • Designated Villain: Darwin in the first half of the film. Sure, he tried to steal Polly... After the pirates attacked his ship, threatened him with decapitation and tried to murder him for the hell of it.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Downplayed. While Darwin isn't much of a villain, the fans still treat him with more sympathy than the movie itself does.
  • Ear Worm: The song in the UK trailer. Based on the traditional sea shanty "Drunken Sailor".
  • Ending Fatigue: According to the DVD commentary, the film risked this trope during production, since there were so many tiny loose ends to tie up. The Aardman team was anxious to avoid the trope, however, and managed instead to tie up all those loose ends in a Creative Closing Credits sequence.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Albino Pirate has a lot of fans.
    • Darwin has also become popular with the ladies, for obvious reasons.
    • Mr. Bobo, anyone?
  • Estrogen Brigade: The Pirate Captain, the Pirate with a Scarf and Darwin all have a female following, probably helped by their voice actors.
  • Fetish Fuel: An in-universe example. Darwin is attracted to Victoria because of her Prim and Proper Bun (and bum).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The plot revolving around a club that eats endangered and rare animals takes a new light when you learn Darwin himself was part of one (#6 there).
  • Genius Bonus: Darwin is cataloging a new species of barnacle when he first appears. Before Origin of Species, Darwin spent much of his career systematizing the taxonomy of barnacles, and was considered one of the world's top experts on such crustaceans.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This isn't the first time David Tennant has encountered pirates and gotten on the bad side of Queen Victoria.
  • Memetic Molester: Black Bellamy, for some reason.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • BRIAN BLESSED as the Pirate King.
    • Scarlett Morgan, the still-live pirate hanging at Execution Dock.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Seems to be a common opinion among fans. Critics were more positive.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The censoring of the Leper scene caused this.
    • The news that Russell Tovey (the Albino Pirate) was being overdubbed with Anton Yelchin for the American release has been getting this reaction.
    • In fact, anything to do with the American version.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It gets pretty dark and depressing at times and there are a few mild profanities throughout. Also, the regular mention of 'running people through', plus people getting stabbed onscreen.
  • The Woobie:
    • Charles Darwin. Dear god, Charles Darwin. He's also a Jerkass Woobie in the beginning of the story and up until his betrayal by Queen Victoria.
    • The Pirate Captain can count for regular Woobie or Jerkass Woobie.

Alternative Title(s):

The Pirates Band Of Misfits