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Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas

Animation movie directed by Patrick Gilmore (III) and Tim Johnson

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Underrated Gem

  • Feb 22, 2006
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With plenty of swashbuckling action and wonderful visuals, "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" is a wonderful tale for the whole family to watch. Much like its Dreamworks cohort, "The Road To El Dorado," "Sinbad" does have a couple of slight words, a bare bum and even a little romance. However, it is much more suitable for youngsters to watch in that the "romantic" content that seemed to bother some folks in "El Dorado" is hardly noticeable in this film if you're under the age of fourteen. Folks who linger on such thing will surely be turned off by this film, but they'll be missing out on a great adventure tale that will definitely please every youngster's dreams of heroism and high seas adventure.

Voiced by Brad Pitt, Sinbad is a likeable scalawag. Sure, he's a thief in the beginning of the flick, but he soon turns into a hero that any child could look up to. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Marina, the saucy sidekick who ends up bailing Sinbad and his crew out of a tight spot. Other notable voices include Joseph Fiennes as Proteus, Sinbad's friend in a self-inflicted dire situation and Michelle Pfeiffer channeling her bad side a la "Batman Returns" and her character "Catwoman" to create a devilishly fun Eris, the Goddess of Chaos.

The story, simply put, is about Sinbad's attempt to recover the Book of Peace from Pfeiffer and clear his name of wrongdoing. Oh, and if he doesn't return the book in time, his best friend, Proteus, loses his head.

The bulk of the flick takes place aboard Sinbad's wonderfully drawn ship as he and his allies battle fierce sea creatures, sirens, and seek out the the literal edge of the world to recover the book from Eris. Though some of the CGI animation clashes with the handdrawn work, the story and action far outweigh this minor miscue. In short, you have a wonderful story that is well-drawn and worthy of multiple viewings.

If you or your family enjoy high sea adventure like that in "Pirates of the Caribbean" or cliffhanging adventure in the shape of "The Road to El Dorado" and the "Indiana Jones" flicks, you're sure to enjoy "Sinbad." I highly recommend this film for the family, though some parents may want to preview this before letting the tiny ones watch it.

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This movie about one of the greatest all-time thieves has little to do with the original legends attributed to him told in the Arabian Nights, often even incorporating elements from other mythologies, but is fun-filled and very entertaining nonetheless.    The movie finds Sinbad (voiced by Brad Pitt) searching for riches and trying to steal The Book of Peace from his long time friend and prince of Syracuse, Proteus (voiced by Stephen Fiennes). While trying to take the book he encounters …
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The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess eris for the theft of the book of peace and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend prince proteus. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 02/13/2007 Starring: Voices Of Brad Pitt Michelle Pfieffer Run time: 86 minutes Rating: Pg
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Genre: Animation
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Animated
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