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Racing Stripes (2005)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  14 January 2005 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thandi Puren ...
Matt Stern ...
John Lesley ...
Graeme Hawkins ...
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Stripes (voice)
Sandy (voice)


In the middle of a raging thunderstorm, a traveling circus accidentally leaves behind some very precious cargo--a baby zebra. The gangly little foal is rescued by horse farmer Nolan Walsh, who takes him home to his young daughter Channing. Once a champion thoroughbred trainer, Walsh has given up horse training for a quiet life with Channing on their modest Kentucky farm. The little zebra, or "Stripes," as Channing calls him, is soon introduced to the farm's misfit troupe of barnyard residents, led by a cranky Shetland Pony named Tucker and Franny, a wise old goat who keeps the family in line. The group is joined by Goose, a deranged big-city pelican who's hiding out in the sticks until the heat dies down in Jersey. The un-aptly named bloodhound Lightening keeps a lazy eye on goings-on at the farm - in between naps. The Walsh farm borders the Turfway Racetrack, where highly skilled thoroughbreds compete for horse racing's top honor, the ultra-prestigious Kentucky Crown. From the first ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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horse | farm | zebra | racehorse | kentucky | See All (30) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild crude humor and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zig Zag, l'étalon zébré  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,109,002 (Australia) (7 January 2005)


$321,559 (Hong Kong) (2 September 2005)

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Did You Know?


The Shetland pony Tucker (Dustin Hoffman) had to be painted brown during filming because his real coat turned grey. Everyone was so surprised, but the animal trainers did a little touch-up with brown dye. See more »


While Trenton's Pride is a foal, his blaze doesn't reach all of the way down to his muzzle. When he is grown up, it is past his muzzle. Horses' markings don't change that dramatically. See more »


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Reggie: Well sub-divide me and Kentucky-Fry me!
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Crazy Credits

The Alcon logo stretches into a stripe which becomes stripes on a zebra which becomes branches of a tree in the first scene and the movie begins. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Outstanding Movie, not another Knock-off
9 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not sure what those others are seeing or looking for in a movie... This is one of the best movies i have taken my two 12 year old's to in a long time. This movie was hilarious, it had jokes for all ages. At times you would hear the kids start laughing through the theater, but there were several time when the adults would start out the laughing. I laughed through the entire movie. My daughters have seen all of the other movies that this one is supposed to be copying, but (according to them) this is by far the best. This one will definitely be added to our DVD collection as soon as it become available!! Highly recommend this one for the whole family!!!

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