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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

Mike Nawrocki


David Pitts
Paula Marcus
Phil Vischer
Mike Nawrocki


Phil Vischer

Music by

Kurt Heinecke


Universal Studios


(production year)
January 11, 2008
(theatrical release)
October 14, 2008
(home video release)


85 minutes

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie is a 2008 American computer-animated family adventure comedy film directed by Mike Nawrocki, written by Phil Vischer, produced by Big Idea and Jam Filled Toronto and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the second theatrical film to feature characters from the VeggieTales video series following Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie in 2002.

The film was released on January 11, 2008, it received mixed reviews and was a box-office flop, grossing $13.2 million worldwide on a $15 million budget.


The film opens sometime in the late 17th century with two pirate ships fighting. The prince, Alexander of Monteria, is captured by Robert the Terrible, his ruthless uncle. The other pirates search the ship for the princess, Eloise, but miss her hiding spot and leave. When Eloise and her butler Willory emerge, she sends a device that her father made, a "Helpseeker," to find heroes to save Alexander. It evades the pirates on the ship and jumps into the sea.

The film jumps to the present where best friends George, Sedgewick, and Elliot are working at a pirate-themed dinner theater. Sedgewick, who is very lazy, has invented a remote-controlled toy truck with a claw arm to help him do things he doesn't feel like doing - though when his girlfriend Ellen asks him to get her some barbecue sauce, it is out of range of his toy and he refuses to make the effort himself. Elliot has a list of things he's afraid of, and when his girlfriend Bernadette asks him to get the barbecue sauce, he says the back room is dark and therefore "on his list." George, who lacks self-respect, does what everyone tells him; his children, George Jr and Lucy, idolize the star of the show, Sir Frederick and he is worried that he does not impress his kids.

Elliot, Sedgewick, and George want to be seen as heroes by their loved ones, but since they're only cabin boys, they think that their dream is unattainable. After the show, while they are cleaning up, an old blind man appears out of nowhere, prophesying that an adventure awaits for them and that "the stage is set for the heroes at hand." Elliot thinks this means that if they all audition, they'll be cast in the show. They audition but it backfires and messed up half of the restaurant; as a result they are fired and thrown into the alley, where they find the Helpseeker and are teleported to the 17th century.

Meeting Eloise and Willory, they set off to Jolly Joe's, a known pirate hang-out, where they learn it was Robert who kidnapped the prince in the hopes of exacting revenge on the king, Robert's brother. They also learn that the clues to find Robert's fortress are hidden in a cave past the Rocks of Malabar. They do find the clues there, but Sedgewick happens across what appears to be a pool of cheese curls, his favorite snack, and decides to stay on the island and relax instead of pursuing Robert. When George and Elliot return to the beach, they discover that Robert's men have taken their boat and captured Eloise and Willory. They head out to follow the clues: go east to the isle of walking rocks, and through the clapping pass.

Back in the cave, the cheese curls turn out to be alive... and vicious. Sedgewick is attacked and, in his desperation to escape being eaten by his own favorite food, discovers he can do anything without giving up. When George and Elliot get to the isle, the rocks, which are really large rock-monsters, start to surround them, but then Sedgewick arrives, having now swum across the ocean followed by the cheese curls. The rocks find the curls amusing and start to interact with them.

The pass opens and one of the rock-monsters helps them get through it. Within the hidden bay, they quickly find Robert's fortress, which is apparently unguarded, but a giant serpent attacks their ship. George and Sedgewick are terrified, but Elliot, overcoming his fear, realizes the guardian is actually just a mechanical device; when it "eats him," he is able to shut the machine down from inside and save his friends.

They rescue the prince and princess, with the help of Sedgewick's "labor-saving device," only to be stopped by Robert. Finding his self-respect at last, George uses a chandelier to knock Robert down. They escape through the fortress's cistern, with Robert in hot pursuit. Back in the bay, Robert's ship opens fire on the heroes, but the king shows up just in time, and Robert goes down with his ship.

The king gives them medals for their good work, reminding them that heroes aren't necessarily strong or handsome or dashing, but in fact anyone who does what he or she knows is right no how matter hard the situation. The Helpseeker returns them to the restaurant, just in time for the Friday night show, but Robert has stowed away on their trip back and attacks Sir Frederick, mistaking him for George. A final showdown with Robert sends him back to his own time. The audience cheers wildly, including their loved ones, and George's children respect him at last. Offered a second chance to be in the show, they refuse, saying that life has plenty of adventure of its own... as the Helpseeker blinks once again.

After the entire cast is credited, the cast sings "Rock Monster", a parody of The B-52's' hit "Rock Lobster", closing the film. Once they're done singing, Bob the Tomato finally makes his appearance, as the director. Meanwhile, Robert is arrested by the King for his crimes.


History and Production

Tim Hodge's concept art.

After the production of Big Idea's first feature film was almost finished, Phil Vischer wanted to make another one. He originally wanted to make a film titled "The Bob and Larry Movie," where it would focus on how Bob and Larry met, and when they started VeggieTales. But this was scrapped because it involved humans and it was when the company was about to be in bankruptcy (Around the time Classic Media got the acquirements). Phil decided to write another film script involving the Pirates from the first film, since everyone seemed to like them. According to Tim Hodge, this idea came about late 2002, planned to be a direct-to-video release until Universal decided to distribute the film. Production started around 2005, with the animation was done by Jam Filled Toronto (formerly Arc Productions), unlike "Jonah," which was done in-house at Big Idea.

A lot of fans pointed out that the film is similar to the first Pirates of the Caribbean film by Disney. Phil Vischer stated that he actually had the idea for the film before "The Curse of the Black Pearl" was released. According to Phil, the film's inspiration was from "Three Amigos," with elements of "The Chronicles of Narnia," particularly "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."

Home media

It was first released on DVD on October 14, 2008 by Universal Studios. The film was reprinted by Universal in 2015.

Other Languages

  • Piratët që nuk bëjnë asgjë (Albanian)
  • Пиратите, които не правят нищо: Вегетариански приказки (Bulgarian)
  • Piráti peciválové: Příběhy ze zeleninové země (Czech)
  • Piraterne som ingenting gør: En VeggieTales film (Danish)
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (Dutch)
  • Merirosvojengi (Finnish)
  • Drôles de Pirates (French)
  • მეკობრეების თავგადასავალი ბოსტნეულობის ქვეყანაში 2 (Roman: mek'obreebis tavgadasavali bost'neulobis kveqanashi 2) (Georgian) (voiceover)
  • Ein VeggieTales-Abenteuer: Drei heldenhafte Piraten (German)
  • Οι Πειρατές που δεν Κάνουν Τίποτα (Roman: Oi Peiratés pou den Kánoun Típota) (Greek)
  • Mihaszna kalózok (Hungarian)
  • Iðjulausu sjóræningjarnir (Icelandic)
  • I Pirati Fannulloni (Italian)
  • 腰抜けヒーロー大冒険!! (Japanese)
  • 아무 것도 안 하는 해적들: 베지테일 무비 (Korean) (unconfirmed)
  • Pirātu: Piedzīvojumi Dārzeņu valstībā (Latvian) (voiceover)
  • Piratų nuotykiai: Daržovių šalyje (Lithuanian) (voiceover)
  • Piratene som ikke gjør noe: En VeggieTales-film (Norwegian)
  • دزدان دریایی که هیچ کاری نمی‌کنند (Persian)
  • Warzywne opowieści: Piraci, którzy nic nie robią (Polish)
  • Os Vegetais: Os Piratas Que Não Fazem Nada (Portuguese) (both Brazil and Portugal)
  • Pirații care nu fac nimic: Povești din țara legumelor (Romanian)
  • Приключения пиратов в стране овощей 2 (Russian) (voiceover)
  • Gusari koji ništa ne rade: Priče o povrćkicama (Serbian)
  • Piráti peciváli: Príbehy zo zeleninovej zeme (Slovak)
  • Nesposobni gusarji (Slovenian)
  • VeggieTales: La Película: Piratas con Alma de Héroes (Spanish) (Spain)
  • Los Piratas Que No Hacen Nada: Una Película de los VeggieTales (Spanish) (Latin America)
  • Grönsakspiraterna (TV)/Piraterna som inte lyfte ett finger: En VeggieTales-film (iTunes) (Swedish)
  • จอมโจรแตงกวากับแก๊งผักพจญภัย (Thai)
  • Tembel Korsanlar (Turkish)
  • Пригоди піратів в країні овочів 2 (Ukrainian) (voiceover)

Fun Facts


  • We don't feel like heroes sometimes. But if you put your trust in God and help others, you will.
  • Believe in yourself, even when things look dark or tough.


  • Cardiac arrest is a sudden stop in effective blood circulation due to the failure of the heart to contract effectively or at all.


  • This is the last Big Idea project for a few things:
    • The last Big Idea production that Joseph Sapulich worked on.
    • The last project Jam Filled Toronto worked with Big Idea on.
      • This is also the second theatrical animated film Jam Filled provided animation services for, the first being Everyone's Hero in 2006.
  • This was the only VeggieTales movie to be released in Norway, Sweden, Albania, Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Spain.
  • The film was originally going to be released on February 2008, but was moved up to January of that year.
  • This is the only time where Pa’s eyebrows and glasses are used for his pirate design.
  • There were a few differences between the pre-production and the final version of the film.
    • There was going to be a logo variation for Universal Pictures, featuring Bob instead of the globe. It was storyboarded, but was never animated.
    • The kingdom was originally going to be called Mauritania. This was changed after Universal discovered that it was a real country.
    • Eloise was originally going to be played by Laura Carrot. This was changed after Tim Hodge decided she couldn't carry an entire film visually.
    • "Somewhere in the present" was going to be "Somewhere last week." This was changed because they didn't want to confuse viewers about time.
    • Originally, there was a scene with Bob, who is driving a bus to the nursing home, calling out the blind man that it's time for him to leave the restaurant. However, this was cut because of time.
    • Robert's scene after the Pirates meet Eloise was added so it didn't feel as if the film had forgotten about him.
    • The wheel in the cistern was going to be a lever, but was changed because viewers would get confused if that was the lever the prophecy meant.
    • According to storyboards by Tim Hodge, Larry was originally not going to have facial hair.
    • The Helpseeker at the end of the film was going to be a different shape.
  • According to producer Paula Marcus, Tim Hodge made storyboards of some characters being sliced by swords.
  • This is the first non-musical VeggieTales production.
  • During production, Universal demanded that Pa Grape and Mr. Lunt be given eyes. However, Phil Vischer explained to them that they didn't need any.
  • This is the second work of Big Idea to have a descriptive audio track[1], the first being Jonah.
  • Bob the Tomato does not appear in the entire movie until at the very end as the director.
  • This movie ranks the most dubs out of anything made by Big Idea.
  • There exists an extremely rare screener VHS tape of this film.


  • In the second teaser trailer, when George says "There's something you don't see everyday," it's at daytime, but in the actual movie, it is shown at night time.
  • The credits state the copyright date for the film 2007, although it didn't release until January 2008.
  • Even though the Georgian voiceover is called "მეკობრეების თავგადასავალი ბოსტნეულობის ქვეყანაში 2," there was no "მეკობრეების თავგადასავალი ბოსტნეულობის ქვეყანაში."
  • There is no Korean dub of the film, however the book does exist in Korean.

Inside References

  • Sedgewick stating if George is the lion is a character reference towards Pa Grape playing the lion from the Wizard of Ha's.

Real-World References

  • TiVo is a American company who were known for their digital video recorders, introduced in 1999.
  • The Weather Channel is a American cable and satellite channel.
  • Edward Scissorhands is the title character from the film with the same name.
  • The scene with the Cheese Curl monsters crawling out of the hole was inspired by the first Mummy film in 1999.
    • Phil Vischer states it's also referenced on the Lord of the Rings films where the goblins come out of the columns.
  • "Say hello to my little friend!" is a quote from "Scarface."







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