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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 ...
Track Announcer
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) »


He's the wrong sort of horse with the right sort of friends. See more »

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 »


When Channing first rides the zebra around the track, her braid appears to be very long down her back. In other scenes her braid is not that long. See more »


[from trailer]
Lightning: If that's a race horse, then I'm D-O double-G, baby.
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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 »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.1 (2005) See more »


Exsultate, jubillate, K.165
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Kosice Teachers' Choir/Camerata Cassovia
Conducted by Johannes Wildner
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement With Source/Q
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7 June 2005 | by (Chennai, India) – See all my reviews

Though I have been a dedicated visitor to IMDb since I have heard about it first in 2000, this... is my first user comment for a movie. And I am very proud to give it for Racing Stripes.

What shall I say about this movie? Talking animals, American humour, words, phrases and scenes which need to be in a racing movie. Is that all? No.

This is the story of a zebra who with the help of his animal friends and love of the daughter of his master, achieves the unthinkable - a race against the horses.

With a single zebra, these people have woven and created a celluloid which comes with ounces and ounces of passion, all for free. Right from the first scene when Stripes is introduced until the last flash of the race, passion is one word with which we are gripped. Stripes, the hero of the movie, steals our hearts with its innocent expressions, cute barking and an iron-fisted ambition.

A humble movie with a great animal team, good actors, visual effects, applaudable cinematography and editing,... wait. There is something which I am missing. Yes. Those unmistakable moments when the sounds and visuals speak to us. Flashes, slow motions, brilliant ups and downs of music and much much more which made all those animals' expressions visible and audible even when they don't speak. The shot by shot translation of the moods and motivation for the racing zebra build the whole movie.

Leave all to your imagination. Watch Stripes begin that run. Those minutes, I couldn't close my eyelids even for a routine blink.

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