Racing Stripes

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Overview

A horse of a different pattern becomes a spoiler in a high-stakes race in the family-friendly comedy-drama. Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood) is a farmer who once earned his living training racehorses before his wife was killed in an accident while riding, which led him to leave the racing game. Nolan tends to his farm and looks after his daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere) and a large flock of animals, who speak to one another but not to humans. After a traveling circus passes through town, a zebra pony is left ...
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Overview

A horse of a different pattern becomes a spoiler in a high-stakes race in the family-friendly comedy-drama. Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood) is a farmer who once earned his living training racehorses before his wife was killed in an accident while riding, which led him to leave the racing game. Nolan tends to his farm and looks after his daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere) and a large flock of animals, who speak to one another but not to humans. After a traveling circus passes through town, a zebra pony is left behind; Nolan takes in the animal, intending to return it to the circus, but at Channing's insistence they keep the zebra, naming him Stripes (voiced by Frankie Muniz). Channing loves Stripes, and the zebra is welcomed by the other critters on the farm, including grumpy Shetland pony Tucker (voiced by Dustin Hoffman), slow-moving hound dog Lightning (voiced by Snoop Dogg), a New Jersey-born pelican named Goose (voiced by Joe Pantoliano), skinny-brained rooster Reggie (voiced by Jeff Foxworthy), and deep-thinking goat Franny (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg). Channing discovers that Stripes can outrun nearly any horse around, and Woodzie (M. Emmett Walsh), a local character who has spent years handicapping the ponies, is convinced the zebra would be shoo-in in the Kentucky Open, a prestigious race held at the estate of champion horse breeder Clara Dalrymple (Wendie Malick). Channing believes Stripes can win, but he'll need the help of Nolan, who isn't so sure he's ready to start training again; meanwhile, Stripes gets plenty of advice from the other farm animals about his big step onto the race track. Mandy Moore, David Spade, and Steve Harvey also contribute their voice talents to the picture.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Never-before-sceen alternate ending!; Barnyard outtakes reel with Buzz & Scuzz, Goose and more!; How to Make Animals Talk featurette; Acting class with the animals and their trainers; Deleted scenes with stripes, Reggie and more!; Buzz and Scuzz's Flying Fiasco challenge; Virtual comic book The Racing Stripes prequel; The music of Racing Stripes with Sting and Bryan Adams; Full-length director's commentary; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
You've heard of a quarter horse? Racing Stripes is a quarter film: One part Babe, one part National Velvet, one part Seabiscuit, and one part misfit/underdog sports movie. Stripes voiced by Frankie Muniz is an accidentally abandoned circus zebra adopted by Nolan Walsh a nicely understated Bruce Greenwood, who quit training horses in the wake of the tragic riding accident that claimed his beloved wife. He also forbids his teenage daughter, Channing Hayden Panettiere, to ride. Stripes, meanwhile, makes himself at home on Walsh's ramshackle farm, where he is befriended by the other animals and taunted by the purebred horses who race at the neighboring track. Adults may stampede from the room, but kids will cheer our sympathetic hero to the finish line while enjoying the physical antics and wisecracks of the barnyard animals. Making the best impressions in the star-studded voice cast are Whoopi Goldberg as a goat, Dustin Hoffman as a mentoring Shetland, Jeff Foxworthy as Reggie the rooster, and Snoop Dogg as a somnolent bloodhound. Quickly wearing out their welcome are two jive-talking flies voiced by Steve Harvey and David Spade, and a Mob-connected "hit bird" on the lam voiced by Joe Pantoliano the character is out of place in a family film, and his clichéd gangster-speak is sure to fly over younger viewers' heads. When the animals aren't talking, Racing Stripes is a sweet and affecting albeit formulaic girl-and-her-zebra story, as Channing convinces her father to let her ride Stripes in the Kentucky Open, and he literally bets the farm on Stripes. The PG-rated film includes mild barnyard humor, ham-handed dialogue "He loves to run. It's in his heart" and jokes that should have been left on the farm "Well subdivide me and Kentucky-Fry me," crows Reggie upon meeting Stripes. This is the breed of undistinguished children's film that plays best on home video, where kids can saddle it up any time.
All Movie Guide
In the world of delusional barnyard animals, a zebra that wants to be a racehorse is a lot like a pig that wants to be a sheepdog, and that's not the only thing Racing Stripes owes to Babe. Unfortunately for Racing Stripes, it didn't steal any of the parts that made Babe classic. For one, the technical specs are not up to snuff. The animals' moving mouths have that disembodied quality that was industry standard before Babe raised the bar -- a whole ten years beforehand. Secondly, the characters are just more annoying versions of the Babe stable, notably the cowardly wise-guy pelican voiced by Joe Pantoliano, a typically obvious choice, who could be the long-lost cousin of Babe's displaced duck. The characters who bring the most fun to the proceedings -- precisely because they are rendered effectively -- are a pair of flies called Buzz and Scuzz, who are 100-percent digital creations. The intensely formulaic nature of Racing Stripes does not preclude it from having some nice moments, even though they may be of the preschool variety. Bruce Greenwood gives a tenderly sober performance as the widowed trainer, and the rudimentary racetrack he cuts into his cornfield feels like a pleasant homage to Field of Dreams. Director Frederik Du Chau is even capable of the occasional clever shot. And if we're focusing on preschoolers, it never hurts to learn that age-old lesson of accepting those who are different. Unlike its determined zebra, Racing Stripes is not one of a kind, but it's still competently heartfelt family entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • UPC: 085393368821
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,873

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hayden Panettiere Channing Walsh
Bruce Greenwood Nolan Walsh
M. Emmet Walsh Woodzie
Wendie Malick Clara Dalrymple
Frankie Muniz Voice Only
Mandy Moore Voice Only
Michael Clarke Duncan Voice Only
Jeff Foxworthy Voice Only
Joshua Jackson Voice Only
Joe Pantoliano Voice Only
Michael Rosenbaum Voice Only
Steve Harvey Voice Only
David Spade Voice Only
Snoop Dogg Voice Only
Fred Dalton Thompson Voice Only
Dustin Hoffman Voice Only
Whoopi Goldberg Voice Only
Kyle Alcazar Voice Only
Gary Bullock John Cooper
Tarryn Downes Anthem Singer
Graeme Hawkins Track Announcer
John Lesley Paddock Boss
Frankie Manriquez Voice Only
Dawn Matthews Reporter #3
Jansen Panettiere Voice Only
Caspar Poyck Mailman
Thandi Puren Reporter #1
Matt Stern Reporter #4
Morne Visser Reporter #2
Technical Credits
Frederik Du Chau Director, Original Story
Deva Anderson Musical Direction/Supervision
John Cox Special Effects
Kira Davis Co-producer
Kirk De Micco Co-producer, Original Story
David Eggby Cinematographer
Tom Finan Editor
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson Art Director
J.Paul Huntsman Sound Editor
Mark Isham Score Composer
Broderick Johnson Producer
Jo Katsaras Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Kosove Producer
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Nico Louw Sound/Sound Designer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Edward L. McDonnell Producer
Philip A. Patterson Asst. Director, Co-producer
Lloyd Phillips Producer
David Schmidt Original Story, Screenwriter
Steven P. Wegner Executive Producer, Original Story
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Left Behind [3:32]
2. Welcome, Stripes [4:17]
3. Racing in His Heart [4:11]
4. Showdown [2:48]
5. New Filly [2:16]
6. Rookie Mistake [3:28]
7. Wise Guy Goose [4:04]
8. That's the Attitude [3:34]
9. Double Hit [3:16]
10. Easy Rider [2:28]
11. Buzz and Scuzz [4:21]
12. Determined Dreamer [5:19]
13. Spooked [4:15]
14. Woodzie's Hunch [4:28]
15. How Did You Know? [2:32]
16. The Real Problem [2:05]
17. 99-to-1 Chance [3:16]
18. It Ain't Over Yet [3:47]
19. Taught a Lesson [3:47]
20. Rescue Mission [4:02]
21. No Way They're Missing This [4:34]
22. Making a Deal [2:16]
23. Away They Go [4:19]
24. No Holding Back [3:58]
25. Winner's Circle [3:26]
26. End Credits [3:14]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Special Features
      Alternate Ending
      Barnyard Outtakes
         Play All
         Buzz & Scuzz
         Lightning
         Goose
         Reggie
      How to Make Animals Talk
      Animal Acting 101
      Additional Scenes
         Play All
         Stripes at Play
         Tucker's Bad Joke
         Sir Trenton Pep Talk
         Miss Dalrymple's Press Conference
         Woodzie's Risky Bet
      Buzz & Scuzz's Flyin' Fiasco
         Play
            Rookie
            Pro
         ? Help
      Interactive Comic Book
      Narration: On
      Narration: Off
      The Music of Racing Stripes With Sting and Bryan Adams
      Director Commentary
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Français 5.1 (Dubbed in Quebec)
      Spoken Languages: Español 5.1
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Off
         Web Info
   Scenes
   Play Movie
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An underdog movie with laughs!

    Great storyline, great fun, a must have for a child's library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very exellent family movie

    This is a really funny and perfect family movie fur every1 to enjoy. Hayden Panittere and Frankie muniz the voice of the zebra r awsome! a great flick that every1 will luv! I met the Author of Racing Stripes who came to my school. And he was really cool. He sighned books fur the kids and was really generous. GO racing Stripes!

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