This coming Wednesday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I celebrate the holiday every September the 19th. As the song says, it is a day when adults can show that they still know how to play. In honor of the great day, I pulled out one of my favorite pirate inspired movies of all time… Muppet Treasure Island.
The Muppets became involved in a series of movies that retold classic stories using the Muppets in the starring roles. Muppets Christmas Carol, Muppets Wizard of Oz etc. This one was an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
Kermit the Frog was Captain Smollet, the captain of the Hispanola. Miss Piggy was his beloved girlfriend Benjamina Gunn. Sam Eagle was Mr. Arrow. Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat were here as themselves.
However, there were three key human characters here. EYG Hall of Fame Wild Card Inductee Tim Curry played the evil pirate chef Long John Silver, Kevin Bishop was a young Jim Hawkins and comedian Billy Connolly played Bill Bones, who had stolen Cap’n Flint’s treasure map. The three of these actors brought a ton of humor and solid work to the Muppet cast.
I liked the songs on this film more than some of the other Muppet films. In particular, “Shiver My Timbers”, “Professional Pirate”, “Something Better” and “Sailing for Adventure.” While there may not be any instant classic such as “Rainbow Connection”, the overall quality of songs are wonderful.
Tim Curry is perfect as Long John Silver. He provides the charisma of the gentleman of fortune and yet plays the sinister aspects of the character extremely well. The relationship between Curry and Kevin Bishop was believable and true.
The film is quick-paced and fun. It is a perfect way to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. Ahoy!