RACING STRIPES (USA 2005)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Racing Stripes—cute, B-grade—relies on a voice cast of Frankie Muniz, Mandy Moore, the late Michael Clark Duncan, Jeff Foxworthy, Steve Harvey, Whoopi Goldberg, the late Fred Dalton Thompson, and others to create a fair to middling family movie based on talking animals. It’s clean, predictable, and provides lots of opportunity to get up for popcorn with nothing missed in the interim.

Storyline

Accidentally abandoned, a zebra foal finds a new home with Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood) and his daughter, Channing Walsh (Hayden Panettierre). As the foal matures, Channing discovers it has potential as a racing horse.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Frederik Du Chau for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Steven P. Wegner for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Mailman (Caspar Poyck), John Cooper (Gary Bullock), Clara Dalrymple (Wendie Malick), Woodzie (M. Emmet Walsh), Reporter #1 (Thandi Puren), Reporter #2 (Morné Visser), and Reporter #3 (Dawn Matthews).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. While it’s definitely not an A-grade film, it’s an easy-on-the-mind family share movie bolstered by the talents of Bruce Greenwood and Hayden Panettiere.

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