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Things that are in the MI games which are also in the Pirates of the Caribbean series

posted by meretchen on - last edited - Viewed by 594 users

This has probably been discussed before in this forum?
But I have recently watched the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, which I found amusing and very reminiscent of Monkey Island. (I know that it was inspired by a Disneyland ride - the same ride, I believe, that played a part in MI2).

These are some of the things I noticed - I am certain there must be more. I suspect, also, that some of these are meant as a "tip of the hat" or homage to the Monkey Island Series:

Captain Sparrow sailing in a coffin
The mysterious voodoo lady
The undead skeleton pirates
Insult Sword Fighting
Among the recurring characters is a (cursed) monkey

What be your verdict? (arrrrh!) :)

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  • You forgot the prison key dog, aka "Walt."

  • @Brainiac said: You forgot the prison key dog, aka "Walt."

    Doesn't really fit, as it seems the OP was listing things the movie may have borrowed from the games, not that both borrowed from the ride.

  • I know that some of the similarities (or most) are coincidental, as both are based on classical pirate "mythology". But I really do think that at least the jamaican voodoo lady and the sailing in the coffin must be lifted from the MI games. And possibly the cursed, undead pirate captain. (And his monkey.)

    Then again: it might all be coincidental and simply due to the fact that the games and the films were both inspired by the same Disneyland ride - but in any case, the similarities are there, and it is the Monkey Islandish stuff that makes the Pirates of the Caribbean-films interesting, I think. Which is all I really wanted to say. :)

  • I agree it's very amusing, but I also think it's coincidence. (cant really say much as I've never seen either PotC movies)

  • @meretchen said: I know that some of the similarities (or most) are coincidental, as both are based on classical pirate "mythology". But I really do think that at least the jamaican voodoo lady and the sailing in the coffin must be lifted from the MI games. And possibly the cursed, undead pirate captain. (And his monkey.)

    Then again: it might all be coincidental and simply due to the fact that the games and the films were both inspired by the same Disneyland ride - but in any case, the similarities are there, and it is the Monkey Islandish stuff that makes the Pirates of the Caribbean-films interesting, I think. Which is all I really wanted to say. :)

    There were plans to create a monkey island movie (around the time of escape i think, but don't hold me on that), ho
    wever, it got canned after a script was writtien. The writer of said script went on to write Pirates of the carribbean. He has said before that PotC 1/2 are essentially the monkey island movie.

    Demon ship with skeletal crew? Check. Fiesty Damsel? Check. Voodoo lady? Check. Cursed jewelerry? Check.

    click here

  • ^
    Oh what could have been.

    Since I watched Pirates of the Caribbean before ever playing any of the Monkey Island games, I didn't notice any similarities. My friends actually brought up the similarities sometimes when we were on the subject of PotC, since they played the games and I didn't. Now that I actually played the games, I see exactly what they mean. :|

    I also felt that Will Turner and Jack Sparrow were like split personalities of Guybrush or something.

    And, I don't remember there being a monkey, voodoo lady or hordes of skeletal pirates on Disney's ride. I think there was only one skeletal pirate in the whole thing, right at the beginning, that didn't have to do much with anything. So I think references to those things might have been more inspired by Monkey Island rather than the ride. Someone feel free to correct me though, as I haven't ridden that ride for a while.

  • @PecanBlue said: ^
    Oh what could have been.

    Since I watched Pirates of the Caribbean before ever playing any of the Monkey Island games, I didn't notice any similarities. My friends actually brought up the similarities sometimes when we were on the subject of PotC, since they played the games and I didn't. Now that I actually played the games, I see exactly what they mean. :|

    I also felt that Will Turner and Jack Sparrow were like split personalities of Guybrush or something.

    And, I don't remember there being a monkey, voodoo lady or hordes of skeletal pirates on Disney's ride. I think there was only one skeletal pirate in the whole thing, right at the beginning, that didn't have to do much with anything. So I think references to those things might have been more inspired by Monkey Island rather than the ride. Someone feel free to correct me though, as I haven't ridden that ride for a while.

    I believe they redid the ride in paris to be more like the film, although i can't be sure of that. I wasn't paying much attention at the time, as i had been queing for 2 hours for it, and was bored solid.

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