Ahoy mateys! Whether your kids are three or thirteen, you'll find some great pirate treasures on this list of DVDs and Blu-rays. And, if you are looking for loot for a pirate party, you can also check out this list of pirate themed toys.
This stop-motion animated movie from Aardman follows the tale of the Pirate Captain (voice of Hugh Grant), who is after a most coveted treasure: The Pirate Captain of the Year Award. In seeking the honor, he and his hapless crew are cursed with misadventures on the high seas, until they meet the famous Charles Darwin and uncover a new route to obtaining some loot. (Rated PG, recommended for ages 7+)
From the popular Disney series for preschoolers, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, this DVD contains a double-length feature movie starring Peter Pan himself. Jake and his friends must battle the schemes of Captain Hook as they help Peter Pan find his lost shadow. Both boys and girls love this rollicking, music-filled show, and as a bonus, the "puny pirates" (as Captain Hook calls them) teach kids positive social lessons about concepts like teamwork, honesty and playing fair. Kids will also love to add some fun new phrases to their pirate vocabulary, like "Ah, coconuts!" or "Ye hey, no way!" The DVD includes five additional episodes and a bonus feature game. (Rated TV-Y)
There's trouble on the high seas way back in the 17th-century. The good king's evil pirate brother, Robert the Terrible, has taken Prince Alexander hostage and is after Princess Eloise. Eloise uses her father's mystical "Helpseeker" to call for some heroes to come and save the day. Curiously, the golden ball sends the three most unlikely heroes - a lazy gourd named Sedgewick, a spineless grape named George and a fearful cucumber named Elliot. Can these wimpy veggies help save the prince and princess? This 85 minute adventure provides kids and families with an exciting and musical story. (Rated G, recommended for ages 3 and up)
Based on characters from the popular Playmobil toys, The Secret of Pirate Island provides a fun adventure on the high seas for kids, and it even has an option to allow kids to choose different paths in the movie to make it interactive with a different story each time. The story was created to be fun and very family friendly, and it follows the tale of a brother and sister who are magically transported into the middle of a grand adventure on the high seas. (Not Rated, recommended for ages 5+)
The Muppets remake the classic story of Treasure Island with their customary wit and silliness in the music-filled Muppet Treasure Island. A young orphan named Jim Hawkins, along with his friends Gonzo and Rizzo, suddenly comes into possession of a treasure map. The determine to find the treasure, and along the way meet the son of Squire Trelawney (Fozzie Bear), Dr. Livesey (Dr. Bunsen Honeydew) and his assistant Beaker, and Captain Abraham Smollett (Kermit the Frog) along with his first mate Mr. Arrow (Sam the Eagle). The group sets off to find the treasure, but little do they know that the infamous Long John Silver is on board with a plan of his own. (Rated G, recommended for ages 6+)
A true Disney classic, this movie based on the famous book Treasure Island follows young Jim Hawkins on his treasure hunting adventure. After coming into a treasure map from Billy Bones, Jim and others set off to find the treasure, but their ship's cook Long John Silver has ideas of his own. Being an older Disney movie, this PG film contains a lot of swashbuckling violence and typical pirate behavior such as drinking. There are also other versions of the tale and some sequels, including a cartoon version of Treasure Island done by Warner Bros. that is rated PG (Compare prices). There is also a series of movies called Treasure Island Kids (Compare prices).
Three young boys, Alex, Max and Califax, go on a trip to the museum and accidentally activate a magical device that transports them back in time and smack in the middle of a tumultuous pirate adventure in The Pirates of Tortuga: Under the Black Flag. Before they know it, the boys are trying to save the dangerous pirate-queen Anne Bonnie and her pirate kingdom from the ruthless Captain Blackbeard.
Scooby Dooby Doo! and pirates too! A luxurious cruise turns in to a creepy adventure on the high seas when Scooby and the gang get neck-deep in a mystery at the Bermuda Triangle. A mysterious green fog, ghost pirates and more may be slightly scary for very young children, but as is usually the case with Scooby-Doo, there is a lot of humor and silliness injected in to lighten the mood. (Not rated, recommended for ages 5+)
For teens, no story contains more adventurous and dangerous pirate fun than the story of the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean. This four movie collection contains the original trilogy: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, and At World's End, as well as the fourth movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Of course, each of these movies can be purchased separately as well, and in various Blu-ray or DVD combo packs. (All of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are rated PG-13, recommended for ages 13 and up)