Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

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Director: Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson

Cast: Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones

     
 

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The legendary rogue of the seven seas confronts a new assortment of dangers and thrills in this animated action-adventure tale. Sinbad (voice of Brad Pitt) and his crews of pirate adventurers are hoping to retire to Fiji, and they discover a treasure that could make that possible -- the Book of Peace, which has kept the Twelve Cities in harmony for centuries. But… See more details below

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The legendary rogue of the seven seas confronts a new assortment of dangers and thrills in this animated action-adventure tale. Sinbad (voice of Brad Pitt) and his crews of pirate adventurers are hoping to retire to Fiji, and they discover a treasure that could make that possible -- the Book of Peace, which has kept the Twelve Cities in harmony for centuries. But Sinbad's plan to snatch the magic book is complicated when he learns it's on board a ship captained by his longtime friend Proteus (voice of Joseph Fiennes). While Sinbad still has his eye on the book, so does the mischievous goddess Eris (voice of Michelle Pfeifer), who sends a deadly sea monster into Sinbad's path to scuttle his plans. With the help of Proteus, Sinbad prevails over the beast, and determined Eris responds by snatching the book and framing Sinbad for the crime. Noble Proteus offers to step in for Sinbad and take his punishment, so now the adventurer has ten days to rescue the book from Eris or Proteus will pay with his life. While Sinbad is at first uncertain if he should take on such a dangerous assignment or simply high-tail it to Fiji, someone is on hand to persuade him -- Marina (voice of Catherine Zeta-Jones), Proteus' lovely but hard-headed fiancée, who has stowed away on Sinbad's ship. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas was the first animated feature written by John Logan, who received an Oscar nomination for his script for Gladiator.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
While Belle and the Beast's tale may go far back in time, Sinbad's is certainly older. It derives from the Arabian Nights, the source of many a memorable screen fantasy, notably the 1947 Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler Thief of Baghdad and 1958's The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, featuring Ray Harryhausen's magical special effects. Brimming with awesome action, fantastic creatures, and a rogue's gallery of colorful characters, this rollicking adventure reanimates the Sinbad legend. Brad Pitt heads the voice cast as our mercenary, piratical antihero, who reluctantly embarks on a perilous voyage to retrieve the priceless Book of Peace from Eris (a purring Michelle Pfeiffer), the goddess of discord. Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones gives feisty and forceful voice to Marina, who stows away onboard to make sure the incorrigible Sinbad completes his mission and does not hightail it to Fiji. Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) is the voice of Proteus, Sinbad's childhood friend and Marina's fiancé, who selflessly takes Sinbad's place in prison, allowing the pirate to go after the Book. Pitt hasn't been this rakishly charming onscreen since Thelma and Louise, and the role seems to put the wind in his sails. The witty, albeit anachronistic, dialogue goes overboard at times ("Who's bad? Sin-bad"), but most of the time, the animators are wowing us with one spectacular sequence after another, from nasty behemoths to liquid Sirens, the latter luring Sinbad's men to certain death. Don't miss the boat on one of the buried treasures of the Summer 2003 movie season.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Like the first DreamWorks animated effort The Prince of Egypt, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas tells a more emotionally complex tale than the average Disney film. This story of a rogue who must decide where his loyalties lie is one that children may not fully comprehend. As with their earlier biblical epic, DreamWorks has hired an A-list cast to give voice to the characters. Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ralph Fiennes and the entire cast all do acceptable work, but their voices alone do not lend the film any movie-star charisma -- the exception being Michelle Pfeiffer's entertaining work as a goddess who is in equal measure sultry and fiendish. And, while the animation is technically good, it lacks any wonder. There is nothing as imaginative in this film as the creatures and battle sequences created by Ray Harryhausen for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 40 years before. Pixar's vastly superior Finding Nemo was released the same year as Sinbad. Nemo's perfect blend of adult emotions and stylish animation shows what DreamWorks may be able to achieve once they come up with a style of animation worthy of their ambitious stories.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
UPC:
0678149194029
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
40,647

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Sinbad
Catherine Zeta-Jones Marina
Michelle Pfeiffer Eris
Joseph Fiennes Proteus
Dennis Haysbert Kale
Timothy West Dymas
Adriano Giannini Rat
Andrew Birch Grum/Chum
Chung Chan Li
Jim Cummings Luca
Raman Hui Jin
Chris Miller Tower Guard
Conrad Vernon Jed

Technical Credits
Patrick Gilmore Director
Tim Johnson Director
Valentin Amador Animator
Andreas von Andrian Animator
Dino Athanassiou Executive Producer
Anna Behlmer Sound Mixer
Laurent Benhamo Animator
Delna Bhesania Producer
Pauline Burns Production Manager
Stephen Childers Camera Operator
Jennifer Dahlman Animator
David James Art Director
Gary Dunn Animator
Ted Elliott Consultant/advisor
Seth Engstrom Art Director
Leslee Feldman Casting
Tom Finan Editor
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Jill Hopper Associate Producer
Jeffrey Katzenberg Producer
James Keefer Camera Operator
Rachel Lagdao Camera Operator
Jean-Christophe Lie Animator
Nelson Yokata de Paula Lima Animator
John Logan Screenwriter
Luca Mazzeloni Animator
Alan Meyerson Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Alberto Mieglo Animator
Andy Nelson Sound Mixer
Maurizio Parimbelli Animator
Danny Pelfrey Songwriter
Terry Rossio Consultant/advisor
Cathy Schoch Producer
Lisbeth Scott Songwriter
Bruce Seifert Animator
Mireille Soria Producer
Rob Stevenhagen Animator
Mark Swift Production Manager
Sarah Taylor Producer
Matthew Teevan Production Manager
Jason Underhill Production Manager
David Patrick Valera Camera Operator
Darren Vanderburg Animator
Tim Watts Animator
Jonathan Wren Animator
Raymond Zibach Production Designer

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