Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tell-No-Tales Thursdays: The Gluttonous Pirate

This big-bellied pirate is ogling over the pink slip of a maiden hiding fearfully from him in a nearby barrel in these original publicity shots.

In photo #3, you can see how the PC makeover changed this scene; our chubby pirate’s hunger went from girls to grub.

Here is what the gluttonous pirate looks like today. Mercifully, his belly has been covered up again, however, he is still without his two pistols which he lost during his first makeover. Now he has a treasure map in his posession, and Jack Sparrow peeking out behind him from the barrel. In my humble opinion, this is the most realistic Jack Sparrow AA in the attraction, and the most organic of the 3.

Jack Sparrow in a barrel; sounds like the punchline to a bad pun.

I was blown away by this one. So many of the sculpts of Disneyland figures just misses the mark, but this one, sent by a Daveland reader, hits an old favorite with a bullseye. Finger included to show you the scale (1/16).

She looks a little bit like a brunette Betty Hutton:

David, the sculptor, has always been involved with art and scale models. For the last 10 years he has done a lot of freelance sculpting and painting, in addition to over 2 years working full time at a small toy company. This piece, which he did on his own, obviously shows his passion for Disneyland and detail. You can email the talented sculptor at:

See more Pirates of the Caribbean (both recent and vintage) photos at my website.


Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, that sculpt is nice, and the paint job is excellent as well. I wonder if Disney would ever sell a miniature scultpure based on a scene that had been deemed "inappropriate"?

TokyoMagic! said...

Dave, I agree with you about the second Jack Sparrow being the most realistic? Why is that? Couldn't they have all been just as realistic? The first one isn't too bad, but what's up with that third one???

You wouldn't happen to have a photo of the pirate from the "PC Makeover" that sat to the far left of that same scene would you? (The one that was holding a basket of fruit and moving it back and forth between the horse and the goat.) Funny how I didn't like the PC makeover at the time and never took any photos of the added/changed figures during the 10 years they were in place, but now that they are gone, I wish I had! I DO NOT miss them though!

Davelandweb said...

Damn - I don't even remember that character! Now I will have to start going through my old photos. Was it removed for Jack Sparrow? David - I really can't see them selling a pirate holding up a lady's slip nowadays! Pirates fans don't seem to shell out the big bucks like Mansion fans do, definitely not worth the risk.

TokyoMagic! said...

He was to the far left of the "chase" scenes"....just past one of the bridges, I believe. They may have even taken out one of the pirate/wench turntables for it....but not completely sure about that. The pirate, the horse, the goat and even the pig next to the "Gluttonous Pirate", were all from EPCOT's World of Motion attraction that had closed one year earlier. The two pirates trying to escape with treasure (next to the chain lift) were also from World of Motion. None of these figures ever seemed to fit in with the original figures....sort of like the new bride in Mansion. ;-)

Dan Alexander said...

Hello! I love your website--I was wondering if you had any pictures of the cat that was in the barrel for a brief time. I never saw the version of Pirates with the "World of Motion" cast.

Interestingly, the action figure version of the gluttonous pirate sold at the parks a few years ago featured the woman in the barrel (found this at a "Tuesday Morning" closeout store a while back).