The Talking Skull is a character who originated in the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. He is a talking skull (hence his name) that usually appears in the scene before the boats drop to see the pirates of said attraction.

Due to the popularity of the attraction, the skull would later be featured in media and merchandise inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and later as the film series' main logo.


Attraction Appearances

Pirates of the Caribbean

As said above, the skull appears in the famous scene before the guests descend down to encounter the pirates in said attraction by telling them to hold on as they prepare for the drop, specifically mounted on the bricks upon the boats' path. After the scene, guests drop down in Dead Man's Grotto. Due to the success of the attraction in Disneyland, the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions were later constructed in Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris still featuring the skull in scenes of said attraction.

In the Magic Kingdom version in 2006, during the refurbishment as part of the original ride having characters from the film series, the skull was removed and the removal of the skull was not well received by the fans of the original attraction. After eleven years of absence, the skull returned in 2017 still voiced by James Arnold Taylor.

In the Disneyland Paris version, the skull is seen at the end of the attraction. Unlike the ones in California, Florida, and Tokyo, where he tells guests to prepare to drop down, the skull tells the guests to remain seated before being asked to disembark when the boats stop at the loading zone.

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow

The skull later returned in the attraction after being absent in the Walt Disney World version of the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction voiced by James Arnold Taylor (who previously voiced Jack Sparrow in occasions where Johnny Depp is unavailable) replacing X Atencio. The skull here had a larger role whereas in the original ride, he only appeared in one scene.

As the guide of the defunct attraction, the skull appears floating in the sky, narrating the recaps from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series to which the guests were able to follow the skull across the attraction and defeat Davy Jones and his crew with the help of Jack Sparrow. At the end of the attraction, the skull tells the guests to remember the adventures they sailed with Jack Sparrow (a nod to the ending scenes of the film series).


The skull briefly appears during the Pirates of the Caribbean sequence in the 2017 California version of Fantasmic!, where the Black Pearl/Columbia sails away and a projection of Jack Sparrow says his famous line "This is the day you will always remember the day you almost caught Captain..." just as the skull interrupts Jack's line shouting "JAAACK!", followed by Sparrow finishing the line "...Sparrow!".

Film Appearances

Because the films were based on the original attraction, the skull from the attraction was needed to be in the film series' main logo, shown in various film posters and many merchandise inspired by the film series. Depending on each logo, the skull was designed with a different appearance:

Design Description
The Curse of the Black Pearl
Red bandana and two crossed swords; this logo would be used in Disney parks as well as the logo for the now-defunct game Pirates of the Caribbean Online as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean pinball machine. This design also appeared as the icon of the Pirates of the Caribbean world in Disney Universe on the side of the Starter Pack Play Set from the discontinued video game series Disney INFINITY. It is also shown on the icon and stained glass for the Pirates of the Caribbean character collections in the video game Disney Magic Kingdoms. The skull depicted for the film series' logo was based on the skull mounted on the bricks before the boats drop to see the pirates in the original attraction.
DMC Teaser Poster
Dead Man's Chest
Same as in the first film, but with two torches in place of swords. This design also appeared as the icon of Pirates Play Set from the discontinued video game series Disney INFINITY.
Pirates of the Caribbean At Worlds End Teaser Poster
At World's End
The skull still retains the bandana worn but with two crossed bones surrounding it in a nod to the Jolly Roger flag designs.
Pirates of the Caribbean Skull
On Stranger Tides
The skull was redesigned in silver, though retaining its red bandana and crossed swords (in a nod to the first film's skull). The skull would talk in the trailer for the Disney Second Screen bonus feature, but not on the discontinued app based on this feature. It also appeared on the discontinued application Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas.
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Dead Men Tell No Tales
The skull for the fifth film's logo was heavily redesigned into being a metallic gold, black-colored skull with two golden crossed bones surrounding it.

The skull would talk on the Blu-Ray releases of the film series, specifically on the main menu.

Other appearances

In the Phineas and Ferb episode The Ballad of Badbeard, the skull on Phineas and Ferb's ship has a skull that slightly resembles the one used for the film series' logo and its ability to talk is also an allusion to the original attraction.


External links

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Films: The Curse of the Black PearlDead Man's ChestAt World's EndOn Stranger TidesDead Men Tell No Tales

Short film: Tales of the Code: Wedlocked
Books: Jack Sparrow prequel novelsPirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren CourtPirates of the Caribbean: The Price of FreedomPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual GuidePirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Ultimate Sticker Book)
Video games: Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Legend of Jack SparrowPirates of the Caribbean OnlineDisney UniverseKingdom Hearts IIPirates of the Caribbean Multiplayer MobileLEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video GamePirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndPirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the DamnedPirates of the Caribbean (pinball)Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestPirates of the Caribbean: Master of the SeasDisney INFINITYDisney Heroes: Battle ModeKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Sorcerer's Arena

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Entertainment: Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate TutorialEye of the Storm: Captain Jack's Stunt SpectacularFantasmic!Pirates Summer Battle "Get Wet!"
Restaurants: Blue Bayou RestaurantPintel & Ragetti's Grub to GrabThe Snackin’ KrakenTortuga TavernTortuga Treats
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The Curse of the Black Pearl: Jack SparrowHector BarbossaJoshamee GibbsWill TurnerElizabeth SwannJames NorringtonWeatherby SwannPintel and RagettiJack the MonkeyCottonMartyMurtogg and MullroyTheodore GrovesAnamariaPrison DogGilletteGiselleScarlettJacobyKoehler
Dead Man's Chest: Davy JonesCutler BeckettIan MercerTia DalmaKrakenBootstrap Bill TurnerLeech
At World's End: Sao FengMistress ChingCaptain Teague
On Stranger Tides: AngelicaBlackbeardPhilip SwiftSyrenaScrumMarinaMermaids of Whitecap BayTamaraSpaniardKing FerdinandKing George IIRedcoats
Dead Men Tell No Tales: Captain SalazarLesaroHenry TurnerCarina SmythUncle JackScarfieldShansa
Tales of the Code: MungardMarquis d'Avis
Attraction: ReddAuctioneerTalking SkullHook Hand PirateSkeleton HelmsmanCarlos
Video Games: Black BartyJolly Roger
Books: Montezuma
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See Also
Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card GameLiar's Dice
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