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Racing Stripes (2005)

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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.

Director:

Frederik Du Chau

Writers:

David Schmidt (story), Steven P. Wegner (story) | 3 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 ... Reporter #1
Morné Visser ... Reporter #2
Dawn Matthews 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)
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Storyline

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

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Cheer 'til you're horse! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zig Zag, l'étalon zébré See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,862,432, 16 January 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,772,522, 12 May 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,754,475, 27 April 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alcon Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

A zebra's stripes are like fingerprints - no two are alike. In the montage of Channing training Stripes you can clearly see she is riding different zebras at different times. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Taking The Inside Rail
Written by Sting and Mark Isham
Produced by Mark Isham
Performed by Sting
Sting appears Courtesy of A&M Records
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Predictable but enjoyable
8 January 2005 | by illucianluxSee 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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