Meredith Rusu Biography & Facts
Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney media franchise encompassing numerous theme park rides, a series of films, and spin-off novels, as well as a number of related video games and other media publications. The franchise originated with the theme park ride of the same name, which opened at Disneyland in 1967 and was one of the last Disneyland rides overseen by Walt Disney. Disney based the ride on pirate legends, folklore and novels, such as those by Italian writer Emilio Salgari.
Pirates of the Caribbean became a media franchise in the 2000s with the release of The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003. The rides can be found at five Disney theme park resorts. The films created by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide by 2019, putting the film franchise 14th in the list of all-time highest-grossing franchises and film series.
Rides and attractions
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean is a dark ride at Disneyland, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris. Opening on March 18, 1967, the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean was the last ride that Walt Disney himself participated in designing, debuting three months after his death. The ride gave rise to the song "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio, and performed on the ride's recording by The Mellomen.
Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island is a rebranding of Tom Sawyer Island, an artificial island surrounded by the Rivers of America at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland. It contains structures and caves with references to Mark Twain characters from the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and provides interactive, climbing, and scenic opportunities. At Disneyland in 2007, Disney added references to the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure
Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure is a magnetic powered dark ride at Shanghai Disneyland. It uses a storyline based on the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. It blends digital large-screen projection technology with traditional set pieces and audio animatronics. Walt Disney Imagineering designed the ride and Industrial Light & Magic created the computer-generated visual effects.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Untitled Pirates of the Caribbean sixth film (TBA)
Untitled Pirates of the Caribbean spin-off (TBA)Video games
Pirates of the Caribbean (originally entitled Sea Dogs II) was released in 2003 by Bethesda Softworks to coincide with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Although it had no relation to the characters, it features the movie's storyline about cursed Aztec gold and undead pirates, and it was the first of several games to be based on the franchise.
Pirates of the Caribbean Multiplayer Mobile for mobile phones
Pirates of the Caribbean Online a massively multiplayer online role-playing game which was released in October 2007.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl for Game Boy Advance (Nintendo) and a few others. This game is based on Captain Jack Sparrow's misadventures in the pursuit of saving Ria Anasagasti with his shipmate Will Turner.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow was released for the PlayStation 2 console and for PC.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, was released for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance and others.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End was released on May 22, 2007 and was based on the film of the same name which was released on May 25, 2007. It was the first game in the series to be released for a seventh generation console.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned, an action and role playing video game, was being developed by Propaganda Games but was cancelled in October 2010.
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, released in May 2011, is the most recent Pirates game. It features the first four films as well as over 70 characters and over 21 levels.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas, a gaming app available on Android and iOS.
Jack Sparrow, Hector Barbossa, and Davy Jones are playable characters in Disney Infinity and other entries in its series. A playset themed after the franchise was included with the starter pack.
A Pirate's Life is a free expansion for the open world in a pirate setting video game, Sea of Thieves released on June 22, 2021. Featuring a new original story along with characters such as Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones. It is part of the crossover collaboration with Sea of Thieves.Books
Two series of young reader books have been released as prequels to the first film:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow (12 books)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court (5 books)In addition there is a novel written for adults:
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom by Ann C. CrispinOne young reader book was made as a prequel to the fifth film:
The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth by Meredith RusuAdaptations
Several additional works have been derived from the franchise:
In 2000, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold, opened at DisneyQuest at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort. The ride allows up to five players to board a virtual pirate ship and attempt to sink other ships with water cannons.
Ron Gilbert has said that the Secret of Monkey Island video game series took inspiration from Pirates of the Caribbean (especially upon seeing the second film), although he has said that he mainly got his inspiration from Tim Powers' book On Stranger Tides (which later inspired the fourth film in the franchise). Within both the film and the Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure game is a key-carrying dog named Walt, whose name is a nod to Walt Disney and whose appearance is based on the jail scene from the rides.
A Pirates of the Caribbean board game Monopoly is manufactured by USAopoly.
A Pirates of the Caribbean version of the board game The Game of Life was developed.
A Pirates of the Caribbean version of the board game Battleship is produced by Hasbro under the title of Battleship Command.
Pirates of the Caribbean was the name of a team participating in the 2005–2006 Volvo Ocean Race. Their boat was named the Black Pearl.
The British melodic hard rock band Ten released an album entitled Isla de Muerta, the title of which is about the legendary island of the series.Characters
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