The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
25: Paradise Lost for Pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean.

In 2002 Disney decided to make a film based on one of it's theme park rides. The Country Bears was a box office flop, yet this did not deter the studio from continuing to mining it's rides for inspiration. The very next year, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl would become a monster hit, going on to inspire 3 more films with a 5th one currently in the works. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by the ladies of Educating Geeks, Alice Baker and Megan Calcote to talk about the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie. We discuss the shock of learning Disney was making a movie based on another theme park ride, the casting, the way the movie winks to the audience, the surprising depth of the story, the music, production value and why this should have been just one film.



Matthew Rushing



Alice Baker

Megan Calcote


Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez


Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp


Production Manager

Richard Marquez


Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen



The Original (00:01:03)

Really? Really? (00:02:32)

Casting Pirates (00:07:36)

Keira Knightley (00:15:15)

Orlando Bloom (00:21:22)

Geoffrey Rush (00:28:07)

Winking Pirates (00:29:21)

Story Depth (00:34:19)

The Music (00:41:07)

Production Value (00:44:00)

As a Stand-Alone (00:49:11)

Closing (00:55:38)


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