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Captain Sabertooth, also known as Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama. is a Norwegian movie based on the Captain Sabertooth franchise. It came out in 2014 and was the highest-budget Norwegian movie made to date.

On an island known as "The Invisible Land," where the pirate king Captain Sabertooth rules, lives the eleven-year-old orphan Pinky ("Tiny" in other translations), who is looked after by Sabertooth's first mate Longfinger and, when he's not home, the female weapon-smith Rosa. Pinky's biggest dream is to one day become one of Captain Sabertooth's men and be allowed to sail out on treasure hunts and plunderings with the pirate ship "The Dark Lady," and when his best friend Raveena (nicknamed "Raven") tells him that Captain Sabertooth needs a new deckhand, he sees his golden opportunity.


But Bjorn the Brave, an earlier crewmember of Sabertooth's, has mutinous plans — and when he and his band of outcasts try to steal and sail away with the Dark Lady (with Pinky on board), this is the start of a chain of events that lead to both Pinky, Raven and Rosa being swept along with the Captain and his crew on a long journey in search of treasure in the fabled kingdom of Lama Rama, but also a search for Pinky's long-lost father, who might still be alive after all.

In Lama Rama, the rich, jolly and prank-happy King Rufus rules with laughter and merriment (while his dour and power-hungry brother Prince Badal would more than anything like to use the riches of Lama Rama to conquer and rule other places rather than waste everything on parties, jokes and silly hats), and he is said to keep in his treasure chamber "The King's Pearl," the most valuable treasure in the world. Both Captain Sabertooth and Bjorn the Brave want this treasure, so now the stage is set for intrigues, alliances, betrayals, theft, swordfights and a heavy dose of good old-fashioned pirate adventure.


The trailer for the movie can be found (subtitled in English) here.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: There are four in the movie: Raven and Rosa (who both debuted in the TV series), Bjorn the Brave's first mate Frida, and the captain of King Rufus's guard.
  • Adaptational Badass: Wally, Wimp and Benjamin. In the stage plays and the TV series they're pretty much harmless bumblers — even if they boast a lot about their badassery, all their accomplishments are off-stage. In this movie they actually get to display how competent and efficient they are when it comes to a fight.
  • Battle Couple: Longfinger and Rosa, in the climactic swordfight. They spend roughly equal amounts of time kicking ass and flirting with each other.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens to both Raven and king Rufus when they're captured by Bjorn the Brave. At an earlier point, when Pinky is captured by Bjorn, he is bound but not gagged.
  • Broad Strokes: The way this movie fits in with the theatre plays and the TV series, both of which have their own version of how Pinky becomes one of Captain Sabertooth's men. One interesting change is that in all the other incarnations he gets a job as a galley boy — in this movie he becomes the deck hand. (Usually in the franchise, it's Wally and Wimp's job to swab the deck.)
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Longfinger, with Rosa. He gets better at it. Then she kisses him.
  • Creator Cameo: Creator Terje Formoe (who played Captain Sabertooth himself back in the day) makes a cameo as a musician in King Rufus's palace.
  • Demoted to Extra: Wally. Wimp and Benjamin, though having become more badass than in other incarnations, also have reduced roles and not much dialogue. Particularly noticable with Benjamin, who in the stage plays and TV series is largely characterized by his inability to shut up when he really should — in this movie he barely speaks at all.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys and Maniac Monkeys: This movie contains examples of both. The apes of Ape Island, where Captain Sabertooth and his crew look for treasure in the beginning of the film, are hostile and dangerous — but the monkey that Pinky frees from Bjorn the Brave's ship is friendly, and comes to rescue Pinky when he is tied up by Bjorn's crew. Later on, the same monkey comes to Raven's rescue when she is Bound and Gagged by the same crew.
  • Expy: King Rufus is very much like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as portrayed in Amadeus. Small wonder to find that his actor has played Mozart in that very same play.
  • Foreshadowing: King Rufus's Establishing Character Moment has him claim that laughter is the greatest treasure of all. This sets up the Worthless Treasure Twist, when the "King's Pearl", the so-called greatest treasure in the world, turns out to be nothing more than a goofy-looking, spring-loaded jack-in-the-box.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: This may be the first kids' movie in history where one character says "shut the fuck up." When Longfinger tries to present himself as German, he gets German and French confused, and so speaks in a French accent and begins listing to Prince Badal some "German" things:
    Longfinger: Monsieur Prince Badal, I am Lord Fandango of Sauerkraut. And here with me, petit cherie Lady Fandango of Schinken.
    Prince Badal: Not French, then?
    Longfinger: French? Heavens, no! German! You know — champagne, baguette, Chateu Neuf, Chateu Noir, Chateu Marmont, Chateu Fuck Up...
  • Mooning: One of Bjorn the Brave's men does this to Captain Sabertooth's crew to taunt them.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Pinky, when he realizes that his reading of the map to Bjorn the Brave early in the movie, was what enabled Bjorn and his men to find Lama Rama and get the crew of the Black Lady captured. It doesn't help that Captain Sabertooth yells at him and calls him a traitor.
  • Mythology Gag: In one scene, while finding clothes for Rosa to wear as a German lady, Benjamin puts a lady's hat on his head and puts on a girly voice, briefly and jokingly flirting with Tully. In the stage play Captain Sabertooth and the Secret of the Sea, Benjamin spent some time Disguised in Drag with Tully as "her" husband.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Longfinger, when impersonating a German lord, at first speaks in a French accent — then, when he realizes he doesn't sound German, he switches accents several times — his German accent is atrocious (ironically enough, his French accent was pretty good) and he slips into Swedish, Danish and English accents. Rosa tries to save the situation by claiming that he was born by the German-French border.
  • The Prankster: King Rufus, though not really a mean-spirited one, and he is one of the few examples of this trope who laughs just as loud when he himself is the victim of a prank. He's a good and popular king, beloved by his people, and a lot of this is due to his cheerful demeanor and sense of humor.
  • Sequel Hook: Pinky never finds his father, but does learn that he went North, "to the Northern Lights." At the end of the movie, he's looking up as the sky and sees the Northern lights, swearing that he will travel to find his father.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Raven, quite literally, to Pinky in the early parts of the movie. He doesn't know how to swim and asks her to teach him — and so, without ceremony or warning she pushes him out into the sea. Not surprisingly, despite Raven's insistence that this was how her father taught her to swim, the swimming lesson is a complete failure and she has to jump in after her hapless pupil to save him from drowning.
  • The Quiet One: The captain of King Rufus's guard (incidentally played by Terje Formoe's daughter Janne Formoe, who played Veronica in the earliest stage plays). She gets a fair amount of screen-time but only speaks a couple dozen words in total during the movie. Mostly she doesn't speak at all.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The doors to King Rufus's royal treasure chambers are secured by ancient devices where you have to know the right code numbers for them to let you pass. The King wisely asks his guests to turn their backs when he sets up the code numbers so they won't see the code... too bad this doesn't help at all when he loudly mutters the code to himself as he sets it up, meaning that everybody knows what it is without looking.

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