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Racing Stripes (2005)

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

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A young zebra is accidentally abandoned by the circus, but is found by a man and his daughter. On their farm, they are joined by an eclectic group of animals who eventually conspire to help the zebra cheat in order to win the Kentucky Open horse race. Written by David L

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horse | farm | zebra | racehorse | kentucky | See All (31) »

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Cheer 'til you're horse! See more »


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

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14 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zig Zag, l'étalon zébré  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$49,772,522 (USA) (12 May 2005)
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Trivia

Hayden Panettiere had stated that she was thrown off the zebra and placed in the hospital with a concussion, whiplash and two damaged vertebrae. See more »

Goofs

"Sir Trenton" shown running after his son, is a gelding. See more »

Quotes

Goose: Oh you're good. You are. You are very good.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Rocky IV (1985) See more »

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It Ain't Over Yet
Written by Bryan Adams, Gretchen Peters and Eliot Kennedy
Produced by Bryan Adams
Performed by Bryan Adams
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Predictable but enjoyable
8 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's stereotypical, and no, it doesn't reach or even approach the experience of Babe, but it is a fun flick, and one I feel is worth a matinée ticket if you're at all intrigued. I have to give kudos to the filmmakers for using real zebra sounds and vocalizations for Stripes; little details like that can make or break a talking animal film for the viewers who actually know a bit about the animals featured in a film...and hey, is it really too much to ask for a zebra to make zebra noises? There is some amount of potty humor, especially concerning the flies and the Jersey gangster pelican Goose, but it wasn't as much as I had assumed from earlier reviews.

There certainly are better movies out there, but the kids will enjoy this one, and the kid in me did. It was predictable, but comfortingly so, and sometimes it's nice to just sit back, suspend disbelief, and have a non-taxing movie experience where talking, wisecracking animals deliver lessons in life, like how being different isn't a bad thing, real winners are those with the heart to try, and success is often due to the support of those around you. And I do have to admit that one scene near the end brought tears to my eyes, much to my own surprise.


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