Racing Stripes For the jaded adult, there's something casually terrifying about Racing Stripes . The kids in my theater were unfazed, cheering on plucky zebra Stripes (sullenly… Racing Stripes For the jaded adult, there's something casually terrifying about Racing Stripes . The kids in my theater were unfazed, cheering on plucky zebra Stripes (sullenly… 2005-01-14 PG PT97M Bruce Greenwood Frankie Muniz Hayden Panettiere Jeff Foxworthy Whoopi Goldberg Dustin Hoffman Mandy Moore Warner Bros.
Movie Review

Racing Stripes (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG
Racing Stripes | CAN A ZEBRA WIN A HORSE RACE? CAN AN AUDIENCE CARE LESS? Hayden Panettiere's pretty pony
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CAN A ZEBRA WIN A HORSE RACE? CAN AN AUDIENCE CARE LESS? Hayden Panettiere's pretty pony
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jan 14, 2005; Rated: PG; Length: 97 Minutes; With: Bruce Greenwood, Frankie Muniz and Hayden Panettiere; Distributor: Warner Bros.

For the jaded adult, there's something casually terrifying about Racing Stripes. The kids in my theater were unfazed, cheering on plucky zebra Stripes (sullenly voiced by Frankie Muniz) as he overcomes thoroughbred prejudice to compete in the ''Kentucky Open.'' Yup, it's a ''race'' picture — but there are good reasons why zebras and horses don't mix on the track (unbridgeable size and speed differentials come to mind), and no amount of CGI can disguise them. So what disturbed me? Was it the manic poo humor? The dead-eyed charmlessness of the creatures (voiced by Snoop Dogg and, it seems, whoever wasn't busy with a relaunch of Celebrity Mole)? The gratingly referential sub-Shrek script? No, it was the Shetland pony, which sports both Dustin Hoffman's pipes and his I Heart Huckabees toupee, and will haunt my nightmares forever.

Originally posted Jan 12, 2005 Published in issue #802 Jan 21, 2005 Order article reprints
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