Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

Genres - Children's/Family, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure, Mythological Fantasy, Sea Adventure  |   Release Date - Jul 2, 2003 (USA)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Perry Seibert

Like the first DreamWorks animated effort The Prince of Egypt, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas tells a more emotionally complex tale than the average Disney film. This story of a rogue who must decide where his loyalties lie is one that children may not fully comprehend. As with their earlier biblical epic, DreamWorks has hired an A-list cast to give voice to the characters. Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ralph Fiennes and the entire cast all do acceptable work, but their voices alone do not lend the film any movie-star charisma -- the exception being Michelle Pfeiffer's entertaining work as a goddess who is in equal measure sultry and fiendish. And, while the animation is technically good, it lacks any wonder. There is nothing as imaginative in this film as the creatures and battle sequences created by Ray Harryhausen for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 40 years before. Pixar's vastly superior Finding Nemo was released the same year as Sinbad. Nemo's perfect blend of adult emotions and stylish animation shows what DreamWorks may be able to achieve once they come up with a style of animation worthy of their ambitious stories.