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Common Sense Media's Feel-Good DVD Gift Guide

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'The Pirates! Band of Misfits'

Age: 6+

Why Buy? Mateys of all ages will enjoy this offbeat high-seas tale from the studio behind "Wallace and Gromit." It's a delightful mix of swashbuckling pirate adventure, Charles Darwin biography, and fractured Victoriana history lesson.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" isn't your typical pirate adventure, but there's still action, mild high-seas peril, a little bit of colorful language ("hell," etc.), and some parent-targeted jokes about the two historical characters depicted in the movie: Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin. Although the pirates use guns and swords and have hand-to-hand fights, they don't face any real danger until the climactic battle with the queen; before that, their enemies are schoolchildren, lepers, and ghosts. That said, the queen is quite menacing, and Darwin is greedy in his attempts to steal from the pirates. But the pirates themselves, rather than being bloodthirsty and selfish, are more like a family that sticks together, loot or no loot. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Sony Pictures)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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