The Pirates of the Caribbean film series are based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disney world. The series surrounds the adventures of four primary characters, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan, Captain Barbossa, and of course the eccentric, self-centered, yet hilarious pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow.
This was the first PG-13 release under the Walt Disney Pictures label in the United States. The Walt Disney Company, however, has released PG-13 and R rated films under the Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures labels since the 1980’s.
The title of the original Pirates movie was just Pirates Of The Caribbean but the name was changed to Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl in case it did well enough at the box office to merit a sequel.