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  • 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 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.
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  • 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.
  • Estrogen Brigade: The Pirate Captain, the Pirate with a Scarf and Darwin all have a female following, probably helped by their voice actors: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman and David Tennant.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Cutlass Liz. Helped a lot by her voice actress Salma Hayek.
  • "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.
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    • "Cutlass Liz" was a real-fake pirate long before this movie. That is, there were "accounts" of a female pirate supposedly named "Cutlass Liz," filled with glaring historical inaccuracies and contradicting years and just far-fetched scenarios. Long story short, "Cutlass Liz" was exactly the kind of over-the-top tall-tale kind of pirate that this movie is parodying. And this movie's Cutlass Liz seems a perfectly fitting depiction of the larger-than-life/not-very-historical figure.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This isn't the first time David Tennant has encountered pirates and gotten on the bad side of Queen Victoria.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It gets pretty dark and depressing at times and there are a few mild profanities throughout. There are jokes that not-so-subtly reference sex, voyeurism, and bestiality. Also, the regular mention of 'running people through', plus people getting stabbed onscreen.

Alternative Title(s): The Pirates Band Of Misfits


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