Pirates Fight Over a Treasure Greater Than Booze in the Stop-Motion Short RUM

Still: Dark Barn Films via Vimeo

For the legendary pirates Bluebeard and Redbeard (aka Barbarossa), it seems that nothing could be better than sharing a growler of rum among friends. However, as this new stop-motion animated short film shows us, there is one thing that will turn pirate against pirate.

Dark Barn Films recently released its debut animated film, RUM, filmed in stop-animation with the help of a few special effects. The largely dialogue-free film centers around Bluebeard and Redbeard sharing a few bottles of rum while dividing up some recent plunder—that is, until they come across a mysterious casket that contains the one thing they don’t want to share.


I’m a major fan of stop-motion animation, especially from independent companies, and it’s great to see people keeping the medium alive and thriving in the face of growing dependence on CGI. I especially recommend watching some of Dark Barn’s behind-the-scenes videos to see how they put everything together. You can check out the short film below.

Share This Story

About the author

Beth Elderkin

Video Editor and Staff Writer at io9. My doppelganger is that rebelling greeting card from Futurama.