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Pirates of the Caribbean
began as an attraction at Disneyland.
It was the last attraction whose construction was overseen by Walt Disney
as he died three months before it opened in 1967. It’s an enclosed log flume
ride that tells the story of a band of pirates and their adventures using a
variety of audio-animatronic characters.
Back of the blue box.
In 2001, Walt Disney Pictures
decided to attempt to adapt the ride into a film. Jay Wolpert
was hired to write a script based on a story by executives Brigham Taylor,
Michael Haynes and Josh Harmon. Debate was had whether to make it a theatrical
release or direct-to-video. In 2002, Dick Cook managed to bring producer Jerry Bruckheimer
on board and he hired Ted
Elliott and Terry Rossio
to rewrite the script they had; lessening the straightforward pirate story in
favor of featuring the supernatural curse the ride itself made mention of.
of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was released on July 9,
2003. It followed the adventure of deposed Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)
as he sought to reclaim his ship, The
Black Pearl, from his former crew. Unfortunately for Jack, his crew was on
a mission of their own: to free themselves from the curse of a treasure they
stole that kept them immortal and turned them into skeletons in the moonlight.
The film defied expectations (the last ride-themed movie flopped and pirate
movies hadn’t been popular in years) and became the fourth-highest grossing
film of 2003. It gave birth to a powerful franchise, with sequels and media
The red box.
In preparation for the first sequel,
Dead Man’s Chest, Kellogg’s
acquired the license to produce a limited-edition cereal based on the film in
2006. The cereal was made with round chocolate pieces, symbolizing a “black
pearl.” It also included marshmallows in the shape of daggers, treasure maps, a
ship’s wheel, Jack’s hat and compass. There were two versions of the box: a
blue one with the basic Pirates title,
and a red one with the Chest subtitle.
Depp, as Jack, adorned the front and back of both boxes. The back of the blue
box featured a maze game inside one of the gold coins from the first movie, as
well as a fill-in-the-word game. The red box had a larger maze game featuring
elements from the sequel.