Aardman’s Pirates! renamed for the international market

Aardman has a film out in the UK right now called The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!. It’s based on a book called The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! and features the likes of Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Martin Freeman and Russell Tovey. Here’s the trailer for it:

Except in the rest of the world, that’s not what it’s called. it’s called Pirates! Band of Misfits and here’s a trailer for it that takes the piss out of The Hunger Games.

What does the renaming tell you about the UK, the US or the rest of the world? Answers on a postcard…


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.