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.


Frederik Du Chau


David Schmidt (story), Steven P. Wegner (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Greenwood ... Nolan Walsh
Hayden Panettiere ... Channing Walsh
Caspar Poyck ... Mailman
Gary Bullock ... John Cooper
Wendie Malick ... Clara Dalrymple
M. Emmet Walsh ... Woodzie
Thandi Puren Thandi Puren ... Reporter #1
Morné Visser ... Reporter #2
Dawn Matthews ... Reporter #3
Matt Stern Matt Stern ... Reporter #4
John Lesley John Lesley ... Paddock Boss
Graeme Hawkins Graeme Hawkins ... Track Announcer
Tarryn Meaker ... Anthem Singer
Frankie Muniz ... Stripes (voice)
Mandy Moore ... Sandy (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A tail for the whole family. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Frankie Muniz and Hayden Panettiere appeared on Malcolm in the Middle (2000). See more »


Every so often through out the movie, Stripes' head is very hairy and you can see the black dye or paint on his face. It isn't as dark as his normal color. The next clip, his hair is very short and dark black, with his normal wide stripes again. See more »


Franny: What are you?
Stripes: I don't know.
Tucker: We can rule out "genius".
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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 Flight of the Conchords: The Tough Brets (2009) 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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User Reviews

Not enchanting like BABE but still very funny in its own way
27 February 2021 | by bellino-angelo2014See all my reviews

I heard a lot about this movie during my childhood but never had a chance of seeing it. In 2019 (quite coincidentally the day of my 20th birthday) I had the chance of finally seeing it. And while I didn't loved it, I still liked it.

When the film begins we see a circus that is forced to move his tents and animals as there is a thunderstorm. The crate cointaining baby Stripes falls from the truck with his parents and few hours later is found by Channing Walsh (Hayden Panettiere) and her dad Nolan (Bruce Greenwood) that decide to take it to their farm. Once there, Stripes (voiced by Frankie Muniz) meets and befriends some of the animals; Shetland pony Tucker, Saneen goat Franny and pelican Goose (voiced by Dustin Hoffman, Whoopie Goldberg and Joe Pantoliano) and Stripes also thinks that he could be a race horse despite fails. After lots of training and even fighting with Sir Trenton's (Fred Dalton Thompson) hench-horses, he manages to win the first prize.

This film was very similar to BABE as the zebra wanted to be a race horse just like Babe wanted to be a sheep dog. And while I agree a bit with the other reviewers that it looks like very copied from that much better movie, I still think it worked. I really rooted for Stripes as I knew that he could make it at the end.

The voice acting was good and my favourite of all the dubbed animals was Goose as he loved to quote THE GODFATHER. The human acting is actually better. Hayden Panettiere gives a remarkable turn as the girl who accept to race with Stripes and the always underrated Bruce Greenwood is very good as her dad.

Overall, while I don't think it's a great family movie it's just harmless enough for letting your small kids seeing it without being offended or having the parents nearby for reassuring them that it all will be fine. And even for a film to brighten up your humour, then this movie is perfect for this goal too if you don't have too many expectations.

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Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Racing Stripes See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,920,052, 16 January 2005

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alcon Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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