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Racing Stripes 2005

An abandoned zebra (voice of Frankie Muniz) grows up believing he is a racehorse, and, with the help of his barnyard friends and a teenage girl (Hayden Panettiere), sets out to achieve his dream of racing with thoroughbreds...

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In the middle of a raging thunderstorm, a traveling circus accidentally leaves behind some very precious cargo -- a baby zebra (voiced by Frankie Muniz). The gangly little foal is rescued by horse farmer Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood), who takes him home to his young daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere). The little zebra, or "Stripes," as Channing calls him, is soon introduced to the farm's misfit troupe of barnyard residents. From the first moment Stripes lays eyes on the track, he's hooked -- he knows that if he could just get the chance, he could leave all those other horses in the dust. What he doesn't know is...he's not exactly a racing horse.

There's no question -- Racing Stripes is a really surprisingly good. The human characters support the animals, who are characterized through a remarkable combination of live footage and cinematic manipulation. The animals are appealing characters that walk, talk and do things one doesn't usually expect. Some will consider Racing Stripes to be a kids' film, but it's really for everyone. And it's well worth seeing.

Warner Bros. Pictures
It's great fun for the younsters, and with the animals often hilarious humour, succeeds big time to entertain. I'm in my 20's and I loved it, I really enjoyed the delivery bird guy's Scar Face and Godfather lines, the movies a success! It's just too bad we've got shitty critics these days, It's hard to figure out why it got evenly poor reviews:confused:

Kyle's Review
This movie was very cute and somewhat predictable, like the trailers promised. However, there were some pretty disgusting scenes with the flies and some "almost curse words" such as ass in what is supposedly a children's movie. Other than that, it was a great story that seemed to end a little quickly.
Very light, enjoyable movie. Almost like two story lines in one. One with the animals and one with the humans. I don't know whats wrong with the professional reviewers. They must live in their own little bubbles.
Initial Reaction:How much horsepower does this movie have?

Main Characters

Nolan Walsh: He used to be a trainer of racehorses and is played by Bruce Greenwood.

Channing Walsh: She's Nolan's daughter who wants to be jockey. She is played by Hayden Panettiere.

Stripes: He's a zebra who wants to be a racehorse and is voiced by Frankie Muniz.

Franny: She's an old goat voiced by Whoopi Goldberg.

Tucker: He's an old Shetland pony voiced by Dustin Hoffman.

Plot Summary

The movie opens up with a circus trailer fixing a flat tire during a thunderstorm. Once that's done, they put all the animals back in -- except for a baby zebra that they accidentally leave behind. (oops.)

Nolan Walsh just happens to be driving that night. He finds the zebra, takes him in to his farm, and adopts him as a pet, much to the glee of his daughter, Channing.

Three years later, the zebra, named Stripes by Channing, watches racehorses at a nearby track race. He likes what he sees and wants to become a racehorse. Some of the farm animals Stripes lives with approve of the idea, others think it is silly.

After some debating and a night race, Stripes gets some other animals to help him trick Channing into riding him. Turns out Channing likes riding Stripes and wants to be a jockey, just like her mother.

Channing's father disapproves because some time ago, his wife was killed in an accident while in a thoroughbred race, and he's afraid Channing will get hurt -- or worse -- doing the same thing.

But a trip into the past memories makes Nolan change his mind, and he and his daughter train Stripes to win the "big race." (As if there are any other types of races.)


Main Characters

Nolan, Channing and Stripes are great -- the story flows well around them, and Franny and Tucker work well, too. SCORE: 8

Supporting Cast

We've got a dog that does nothing but lie on the ground, a pair of flies that are bad comedians and singers, the required romantic heartthrob for Stripes in a lovely female jumper, and a pelican who's some sort of hit bird. What do they have in common? Right, they just don't work well in this film. SCORE: 2.


Will Stripes win the race? Will Channing be a good jockey? Do I even have to ask? This plot becomes very predictable, the "twists" can be seen from several frames away, and the comedy just isn't there. SCORE: 3


These "underdog" and "long shot" stories are getting to be all the same, and the low class humor is getting used way too often. SCORE: 3.

Violence Factor

In between two scenes several other horses beat up on Stripes to stop him from participating in the "big race," and there's some bumping and grinding between the horses in the "big race," but there's nothing too grotesque. SCORE: 8.

Other Moral Issues

I like the idea of Stripes accepting himself as a zebra, not a racehorse, but the message of "believe in yourself," and "leave it on the racetrack," just gets beaten into the ground. SCORE: 6

Final Score (out of 60): 30
% Score: 50%

This movie needs better comedy, better plot devices, and better supporting cast.

This is the story of a underdog or rather an "underhorse"! The story begins with a baby zebra getting abandoned mistakenly from a circus and landing up at a farm house.

A trainer lives in this farmhouse with his daughter. We learn that this trainer used to produce winning race-horses year on year, but all that had changed for the bad when the trainer's wife and a horse were killed in an accident in one race.

The zebra grows up thinking it is actually a horse and believes that it is going to be a top race-horse. The daughter also has a dream to race while the father is strongly against it! Things heat up when the trainer's old rival extends an invitation to race his zebra in the race to humiliate him.

What follows is a predicatable but sweet tale. Definitely not at all bad as the critics complain.

MY Rating : 7.5/10 :fresh:
(I think talking animals are cute!)

Tomorrow : Big Fish (or) In Good Company
My family and I went a couple weeks ago to see Racing Stripes. We went to one of the sneek preview deals that the radio station was promoting, so we had free tickets and the movie looked cute, so we figured, "why not". (Wow, that is quite a run-on sentence).

We got to the theater and were subjected to a search before we could even enter the movie. There were security guards posted at the door that checked purses and ran a hand-held metal detector up and down the front and back of every person entering. I got questioned about my cell phone and had to assure them that it could not take photos or video. It is just a plain old boring phone that is rarely ever turned on. Anyway, I was surprised that they didn't say anything about the candy in my purse. They only seemed to care about my cell phone.

We got there plenty early (45 minutes or so) and found decent seats, which was lucky for us because the place was already filling up by the time we got there. The place only had like 2 seats left by the time the movie actually started.

The movie is a cute story about a baby zebra that grows up on a fram in Kentucky and believes he is a race horse because he sees race horses every day. He trains by racing the post man. The farm owner is a former horse trainer who quit after his wife died, presumably from some sort of racing accident, since she had been a jockey. The daughter works at the race track and wants to be a jockey, but her dad won't let her. She naturally takes the zebra to work one day and ends up taking him around the track once and realizes that with a little training, he could actually race. The track owner makes a bet with the dad and he reluctantly trains the zebra and lets his daughter ride. And according to the formula, the zebra wins the race...

Even though the movie is very formulaic, it is fun and the voice-over cast is a veritable who's who of comedic talent. The only one I didn't like was the fly played by David Spade (I can't STAND him).

My 5 year-old loved the movie. I guess we will end up owning it when it finally comes to DVD...

"Drop it like it's hot...drop it like it's hot..."

Overall: What can I say. Forget it, unless you're a big fan of zebras then I guess I can't stop you. OTCE...or rather, No-Time-Cinematic-Entertainment
Tedious, and infantile even for kids.

No effort was made to develop a plot for this stupid talking animal "comedy," and it shows. There is no connection to the characters, animal or human, and no one over the age of four could remotely care what happens. If the film makers didn't why should we?

A throw-away movie if ever there was one.

Precise Knight Rating 3.1

Viewed on DVD
:D i thought this movie was absoulutly fantastic it keeps u on the edge of ure seat wondering whats gunna happen next i love it

This is another movie clearly based on formula. The formula copied here can be found in Babe. This movie stars a zebra that thinks it's a race horse. Although it is very cool to watch the race scenes, the rest of the movie is full of banter between the barnyard animals. There is alot of potty humor especially between Snoop and David Spade, the flies. The mobster pelican is occasionally funny but the other animals grow tiresome. This has family appeal but nothing original.
VIDEO 9/10
The cinematography is often spectacular.
AUDIO 8/10
Dialogue and music are mostly up front. The race scenes are well done and will engage your subwoofer.
This is a basic formulaic children's movie that has just enough entertainment to entertain adults. Babe is much better.

There is the standard plot. Nolan's daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere) grows close with Stripes, and see's great potential in him as a race horse. The odds are heavily against him and Nolan worried for his daughters safety strongly dismisses her wishes to race Stripes in the upcoming Kentucky Open. There are those who stand as obstacles in his life, and he has to overcome them in order to achieve his dream. It's not original or compelling stuff, but to a child who see's this, it's a strong message. For the rest of us, we can just sit back and be entertained.

Frankie Muniz is the voice of Stripes, who plays him as a determined young know it all, yet unfocused and wears his emotions like he wears his stripes. Dustin Hoffman is the pony who counsels and guides the reckless zebra. The most laughs are provided by Steve Harvey and David Spade as a couple of bumbling flies, Buzz and Scuzz who pass gas, eat poop and freestyle terrible rap songs.

'Racing Stripes' is not only going to appeal to young children, but to anyone who is tired of today's gross out teen comedies. This is a movie you can feel comfortable watching with your family without worrying if somebody is going to drop the bomb. Here in Canada, an PG rating might very well be an R rating in the US. It's difficult to find movies to watch with the family these days, and if anyone reading this is contemplating a good, entertaining movie to watch over the weekend with their kids, this is your movie.
This is obviously no masterpiece, and I didn't expect it to be. But considering it's a kid's movie it deserves a 7 for doing its job: entertaining kids with its wholesome, adorable and even inspiring plot and characters. If you're an adult, odds are u might think it's dull, but from a kid's perspective it should be pretty cool. Just ask my 5 year old cousin...
DVD First Viewing, 1 Du Chau film seen

I wonder if the flies knew that they were eating bone scrapings from a horse when they ate the marshmallows? I bet they wouldn't have liked the thought of that too much. They seemed to be very friendly with the good horses (and the zebra that thought he was a racehorse). Racing Stripes makes the fatal flaw of humanizing its animal characters a bit too much, but what should we expect from feel-good family entertainment? Perhaps I expected fewer KFC jokes from the chicken, but it won't corrupt children any more than a zoo (unless they really believe that animals speak english).
Hey people. I'm tired as you can see. But it's 5:30 something so what's the point of going back to sleep. Alghough now i feel dizzzy so i guess I am gonna go lie down for a while.


TTFN ta ta for now
Kids might be entertained.
Meh. This'll probably get noted by the Academy for visual and sound effects, which were very impressive, but for learned people like you and I, were not a mask for lesser acting and plot-development. Dakota Fanning is creepy. Tom Cruise hasn't done a good movie since Jerry Maguire. And until I see A Few Good Men, I'm not convinced he did any good movies before that, either. Well, he was pretty good in Interview With the Vampire, I guess. But I digress.

I've been waiting for a Fantastic Four since I was about 5. I was 16 when I watched this. That's a long time to wait for a movie. And it wasn't a superhero movie. Spider-Man was a superhero movie; he saved multiple people in multiple scenes, had multiple confrontations with the villain, and even had a decent plot in between it all. In this movie...they saved people from a disaster The Thing caused through his own carelessness. They made Jessica Alba strip down to her lingerie because they felt she wasn't scantily-clad enough in Sin City. Then there was the extreme sports scene, which was unnecessary and dumb. I guess the only reason I didn't outright loathe it is because Dr. Doom is the best villain ever, although you wouldn't know it from this movie.

I give it one extra point because Dustin Hoffman does a voice in it.

Falsely advertised. One commercial says, "This summer, see how fun it is to be a penguin!" or something along those lines. Then you go see the movie and how much the lives of penguins suck. Still, it's beautiful, tragic, and rated G for images of dead penguin babies. Yes, that sentence contained a spoiler; I credit Optimized with the "highlight to read" teachnique.

I also saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I rated that in a previous entry.
It doesn't know what it wants to be a comedy or a drama or about the child or about the zebra. It has an identity crisis. The voice acting of the animals just seems wasted and pointless and tacked on.
I love watching movies with the family, and, often (mainly because our children are brilliant), we have no problem finding movies we all can enjoy.

I have been wanting to see Racing Stripes for quite awhile, particularly because of the amazing talent: Joey Pantoliano, Dustin Hoffman, Snoop....

But what this was was a steaming pile of horse dooky. The story was lame. The acting was overwrought. And, I don't know if I am just hypersensitive to accents, but it was pretty easy to tell the film was not shot in Kentucky anytime any human actors opened their mouth.