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Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas (U)

By David Freak

 

With the voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert. Dir: Tim Johnson/ Patrick Gilmore

Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas

The Story: The Goddess of Chaos, Eris (Pfeiffer) sets her sights on the Book of Peace, a magical tome which has guaranteed the safety of the 12 cities for many years.

Framing the charming rogue Sinbad (Pitt) for it's theft, he's promptly jailed and sentenced to death, but childhood friend Proteus (Fiennes) is convinced of his innocence and agrees to take his place on the execution block leaving the pirate and his crew to sail off into the sunset - hopefully to get the book back.

With Proteus' fiancée Marina (Zeta-Jones) stowed away onboard, the motley crew make the hazardous journey to Eris' realm.

The Verdict: Sailing in before Johnny Depp's blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean, DreamWorks retelling of the Greek legend concerning the seafaring Sinbad is a thoroughly enjoyable animated romp.

Zeta-Jones makes for a feisty and strong female lead - if only there were parts this good for actresses in live action movies? - and Pitt brings a sparkle to the swashbuckling Sinbad.

While pundits predict the end to traditional 2D styled animation, here's a film that mixes the old with the new as textured monsters crawl at the bows of the pirate ship.

It may seem a little old fashioned in parts and does lack the pizazz of Dreamworks' El Dorado, but here's a family adventure that really highlights just how poor Disney's Treasure Planet really was!

Climb aboard!

Released: Friday 25 July 2003
Website: www.dreamworks.com/sinbad/

 
 

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