Friday, September 25, 2009

Pirates Of The Caribben 4: On Stranger Tides

The fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise has been officially given the name Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The film is set for a summer, 2011 release and there is already some controversy surrounding it.

One point is that Johnny Depp may be wavering in his commitment to the film, possibly because of the departure of Dick Cook, now former Chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Cook had been instrumental in encouraging Depp's interpretation of Captain Jack Sparrow - a portrayal which no doubt was a key element in the success of the franchise.

Another point of controversy (at least, its controversial to some) is the film's title, which is the same as a novel by Tim Powers. In fact, the plot of that book and the upcoming film also bear similarities and it was revealed that Disney had optioned it.

Some good POTC 4 news, actor Geoffrey Rush is on board to bring Captain Barbossa to life once again. See more on that here.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pirates of the Caribbean RPG Set For 2010 Release

According to CVG, Disney and Propaganda Games are set to release a Pirates of the Caribbean RPG (Role Playing Game) for the PC and gaming consoles in 2010.

Read more at CVG

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 News

The winds have it that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is pushing towards a 2012 release date. Actor Russell Brand is to play Jack Sparrow's brother in the upcoming film.


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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New Pirate themed rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

The concept art my look a little over-board (hahahaha), but Disney is turning a portion of rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort to piracy.

via: The Orlando Sentinel (Thanks Dan)

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Disney's own Treasure Island

flickr user Better Living Through Imagineering has some pretty good scans of the map given to visitors of Treasure Island. The island is in Bay Lake near The Magic Kingdom in Orlando. It is no longer open to the public. It was originally conceived as Blackbeard's Island, a pirate theme island adventure area. It was renamed Treasure Island and was to feature a number of attractions from the Treasure Island story. The project was expensive and kept getting scaled back. One feature that was built was the wreck of the Hispañola, a concept of which is below.

The island eventually became a bird sanctuary and was open to the public until 1999, when the birds and animals were relocated to Animal Kingdom and zoos.

Most recently, Jim Hill Media reports that there are now talks to reopen the island as a pirate themed attraction, owing mainly to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

More info:
Click here for wikipedia article.
Click here for another article.
Click here to see maps and tickets from Disney's Treasure Island.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Found on Flickr

Banner POTC Group, originally uploaded by legogallery.ryan.

The principle characters of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ex-Disney "Jack Sparrow" Tells All

Captain Jack Sparrow, originally uploaded by ankneyd.

[Editor's note: the actor portraying Jack in the photo above is not the person referred to in this article (as far as we know)]

Los Angeles magazine has an incredible article "as told to Dave Gardetta", wherein a former Disney cast member (known only as Pinto as far as I can tell) tells all about his experience playing Jack Sparrow in New Orleans Square, Disneyland. he speaks of his hiring, the rules handed down by management, his (sometime rather adult) interactions with guests and how he was eventually escorted off the premises (the only way a true pirate leaves a job, arrrrrrr). He details how he broke a number of Disney's guidelines (including mentioning rum) while in character. One of the things that amused me is how he would sit in people's strollers and let them take pictures. Perhaps most astounding: they wouldn't let him keep is own natural Jack Sparrow goatee, he had to shave it of and use a fake one. He also details how cast members get in trouble for things posted on blogs or clips of them breaking the rules on YouTube. He eventually racked up enough points to get canned, but he still went back for a visit after a while.

Click here for the full arrrrrrticle.

[thank you, Lawrence]

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Jolly Roger Ice Cream Cup w/ Disneyland Contest Coupon

found on flickr

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Pirate and the Parrot

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Monday, November 12, 2007


© Disney

On Disney's movie site for Curse Of The Black Pearl, there is a cool deck of cards you can download and print. All you have to do is beat the Pirate in the card game war. Click in the games section.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

More Marc Davis

Ahoy me hearties, on the character design blog, there is a great round up of Marc Davis pirate artwork. It is more extensive than anything I've seen before.

[via cartoon brew]

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Monday, July 9, 2007

Pirates and Concertinas: History or Myth?

Sea chanties are often the music most associated with pirates in popular culture, and the instrument most associated with sea chanties and pirates is the concertina.

As it turns out, the concertina (and other related instruments like the accordion) were not invented until about 1829 (verified in numerous online encyclopedias), a hundred years after the golden age of piracy (1690- 1730). Nevertheless, concertinas appear in The Pirates of the Caribbean rides and movies as well as in Disney's adaptation of Peter Pan.

Of course it can be said that Peter Pan is pure fantasy, and not really set in the golden age. Interestingly, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride was originally planned as walk-through exhibit featuring historical pirates. Of course, it evolved into something much more fanciful, and we all love every bit of it.

So what did pirates play? They did play jigs and shanties. According to The Idiot's Guide To Pirates, pirate musicians were very popular aboard ship. Author Gail Selinger writes that pipe and drum units were kept on naval ships. Pirates would spare the lives of musicians who were willing to join them. She mentions instruments such as bagpipes and lyres, but she also mentions the concertina. She probably wasn't writing about the golden age.

The Pirate's Realm (website) also mentions trumpets and fiddles.

So how do I feel about the concertina? I don't mind it a bit. History be damned, its part of the great pirate mythos.

"A pirate's life is a wonderful life You'll find adventure and sport. But live every minute For all that is in it The life of a pirate is short."

Click here for more discussion on Pirates and concertinas

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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Blueprints From Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

I found some cool blueprints of the Disneyland version of the ride here.

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Marc Davis POTC Concept Art on flickr

flickr user ste3ve has a nice collection of Marc Davis concept art from the Pirates of the Caribbean rides. Click here for the full set.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sculpture of Old Dirty Foot from POTC rides

Disney is releasing a sculpture of the pirate whose dirty foot dangles over riders heads on the Pirates of the Carribbean rides (at least, I think that's who it is). Its just too bad the sculpture doesn't have a dirty foot. The sculpture is by Rubén Procopio and is available exclusively at Disney Theme Parks.

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