I say too clever because it may be too much for some folks to follow (i.e. people who believe that Elvis is alive and living in a retirement home in Tupelo where he shares a semi-private room with Jimmy Hoffa). But if you can keep up, it mixes plenty of silliness for kids with enough self-knowing wryness for adults. Especially fun is the Pirate Captain's encounters with Charles Darwin, who apparently never would have come up with the theory of evolution without some well-placed hints from said scurvy dog.