The scurviest dogs and landlubbers alike would probably agree there's no better way to celebrate Thursday's International Talk Like a Pirate Day than to hook up with soon-to-be swashbucklers Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston.
The pair lend their voices to Disneytoon Studio's fifth installment of the animated Tinker Bell series, The Pirate Fairy, due out on DVD and in theaters next spring.
This sneak peek at the character art features Hendricks as Zarina, a headstrong fairy, and Hiddleston as the scoundrel James.
"This is definitely my first pirate part," says Hendricks, "but hopefully not my last one. Zarina is definitely a spunky little thing. She's a fairy who dives into full-on pirate."
The animated version of Hendricks has the trademark red hair. But she's definitely not the voluptuous character we've come to expect from Mad Men's Joan.
"We gave her more of an athletic body," says director Peggy Holmes. "Zarina needs to be able to hang with the pirates, swing on ropes and get around a ship."
What makes Hendricks perfect for voicing the part is her feisty attitude.
"Christina has this vulnerable, fragile side," says Holmes. "But you don't want to fool with her when she gets her feathers ruffled. That's the kind of girl that needs to be around pirates. She can hold her own."
She needs to hold her own in Pirate Fairy, a spin-off from the 1953 Disney classic Peter Pan. Zarina steals the magical Blue Pixie Dust from the fairy home of Pixie Hollow before heading out to a life at sea with the pirates of Skull Rock.
She takes on their swagger and wields a sword. But, in her case, the sword is a tiny hat pin suitable for fairy hands.
What Zarina doesn't realize is that the dashing pirate James is actually the young, double-crossing scoundrel who will grow up to be known as Captain Hook. In this pre-Hook origin story, James has both hands and possesses the same amount of sinister that he will have when he becomes famous.
This leaves Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman of TV's Parenthood) and her fellow fairies - including Silvermist (Lucy Liu), a water fairy; Rosetta (Megan Hilty), a garden fairy; and Iridessa (Raven-Symoné) - to save the day.
"We all know Peter Pan and Tinker Bell and Captain Hook," says Hendricks. "This goes back and shows the introduction of how that all started and how these worlds collided."
Hiddleston, best known for his double-crossing Loki from Thor and The Avengers, makes the seamless transition into high-seas treachery.
"He has a lot of charm and charisma," says Holmes. " For me, all the best double-crossers have that."
Voicing her first fully animated film, Hendricks did everything to be sporty, including taking off her shoes to do the very physical voice work.
"I was able to bring out my playful side and to act like a pirate in a very small room in a very silly way," says Hendricks.
It's all part of the honor of taking on a Disney animated character.
"Since I was born there was Disney. And it's something you grow up with that's magical. There's a history to it," says Hendricks, 38. "When you become a fairy you become part of that history. I cannot imagine it being cooler."