Racing Stripes (2005)
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His stripes made him an outcast. His heart made him a hero.
|When a baby zebra is accidentally left behind by a traveling circus, a farmer takes it in and gives it to his daughter to raise. The farm borders a prestigious horse racing track and the zebra grows up with an ambition to race at the track and capture the prestigious kentucky crown.|
"Good family fun. Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV
Editor's NoteA cute zebra foal gets separated from his circus and is adopted by a horse trainer (Bruce Greenwood) in this live action, talking animal tale. Stripes (voiced by Frankie Muniz) becomes adopted by the trainer's tomboy daughter (Hayden Panettiere)--an aspiring jockey--who subsequently wants to race him in the big leagues. Setbacks include her dad's over-protectiveness (he lost her mom in a horse-racing accident), and the fact that Stripes is a zebra and not a normal horse. Though all the other thoroughbreds turn their noses at this odd-looking interloper, a wizened old pony (Dustin Hoffman) steps in as trainer, and it's time to start prepping for the big race. Other animal characters include a mob "hit-pelican" (voice of Joe Pantoliano), a nurturing goat (voice of Whoopi Goldberg), a rooster (voice of Jeff Foxworthy), and a hound (Snoop Dogg). Mandy Moore does the voice of Stripes' comely mare love interest. Steve Harvey and David Spade are a pair of trash-talking horseflies. Adults will cherish some sly references to older movies, while the kids should get a lot out of the mix of real animals, nonstop gags, and an uplifting message about the importance of not judging a horse by its stripes. Though set in Kentucky, the film was actually lensed in South Africa, with real zebras. M. Emmet Walsh is a welcome addition as a loveable old codger and Wendie Malick is the evil race track owner.
Cast & Crew
|Broderick Johnson, et al. - Producer|
|David Eggby - Cinematographer|
|David Schmidt - Screenplay|
|David Spade - Voice Of|
|Dustin Hoffman - Voice Of|
|Frankie Muniz - Voice Of|
|Frederik Du Chau - Director|
|Jeff Foxworthy - Voice Of|
|Joe Pantoliano - Voice Of|
|Mandy Moore - Voice Of|
|Michael Clarke Duncan - Voice Of|
|Snoop Dogg - Voice Of|
|Tom Finan - Editor|
|Whoopi Goldberg - Voice Of|