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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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Plot Keywords:

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?


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


When Sir Trenton first sees his son racing Stripes, his owner/carer has just started to undo his rug and does not appear to undo the front two straps. When he rears, the front two straps appear to be undone as the rug slips straight off his body. See more »


[repeated line]
Channing Walsh: That's my best boy.
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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 Field of Dreams (1989) See more »


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Written by Rick James, Alonzo Miller and M.C. Hammer (as Kirk Burrell)
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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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