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Sinbad: Legend of The Seven Seas

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Starring: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Director: Tim Johnson
Rated: PG
RunTime: 86 Minutes
Release Date: July 2003
Genres: Animation, Kids, Family

Review by Steve Rhodes
2 stars out of 4

As a film critic, I almost feel guilty for telling the truth about animated movies. Things have changed. Just as inevitable as the passing of the horse drawn carriage in favor of the horseless one, feature length cartoons should no longer be hand drawn if the studios want the public to shell out fifty bucks to take the family to see them on the big screen. Pixar has shown the way. The future is computer generated animation. Audiences gave thumbs down to last year's TREASURE PLANET and again to this summer's SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS. Both are nicely drawn but lack the lush 3D realism of films such as TOY STORY or FINDING NEMO.

Okay, there are exceptions to any rule. LILO & STITCH, the last successful movie that was traditionally animated, soared because of its truly exceptional script. It is possible to make traditionally animated pictures work, but it is like swimming upstream against a strong current. Simple little CGI films such as JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS have become hits. Studios, give it up. Save your old animators for work on direct-to-video productions. Allocate most of your animated budget to computer generation.

And one more thing, don't waste your money on marquee names for the voice talent, unless their voices are really remarkable. The stars of SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer and Joseph Fiennes, are wonderful actors, but their voices are just not memorable enough to carry the production.

SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS involves the Goddess of Chaos, the Book of Peace and a pirate ship, but it's a slapdash story that will rarely hold viewers' attention. Wait for video, when paying a couple of dollars to rent it will seem like a reasonable price to pay for a movie that will mildly amuse your youngsters. And, whatever you do, don't waste your own time watching it with them. Save that for when they pull anything by Pixar off of your bookshelf. Pixar's movies are the ones that you want to own. SINBAD is purely for rental.

SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS runs a long 1:26. It is rated PG for "adventure action, some mild sensuality and brief language" and would be acceptable for all ages.

Copyright 2003 Steve Rhodes

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