Our hero, The Pirate Captain, is the subject of mockery by his peers, and thus desperately wants to win The Pirate of the Year Award to achieve the recognition and respect he feels is due. With this goal in mind, he and his loyal shipmates capture a ship, expecting treasure but instead acquiring a captive, one Charles Darwin. Darwin persuades the Captain to visit England (despite the dangers posed by Queen Victoria's hatred of pirates), with promises of fame and fortune, and much swashbuckling and silliness ensues.
With a healthy disrespect for authority, Pirates! is a notch above most of the kids' fare out there. Out on DVD on 10th September.