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Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas (Spanish Dubbed) [VHS]
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Personally, I think that DreamWorks has now surpassed Disney in 2D animation. The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sinbad are way better then most Disney movies such as The Emperor's new Groove, Treasure Planet, Atlantis, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear.
Overall, I really enjoy this movie. I give it a 5 stars.
Parents need to throw out all expectationst that this has anything to do with the Sinbad films Ray Harryhausen made or that it might have something to do with the Arabian Nights; neither is the case. Instead, what we are given is a very entertaining original film scripted by John Logan (The Time Machine and Star Trek; Nemesis).
Unlike Harryhausen's epic adventures, this Sinbad is a pirate raiding vessels on the Seven Seas. He's intent on stealing the Book of Peace a magical, legendary book that will fetch quite a surprise. What he doesn't intent on discovering is his old friend Proteus guarding the book and competition from the goddess Eris. When Sinbad spoils her attempt to take the book (she has the ship attacked by one of her squid creatures), she makes a bargain with the drowning Sinbad; obtain the book for her and she'll provide him with untold riches. Unfortunately, it's a bargain that she has no intention of keeping.
Sinbad follows his old friend Proteus to the city of Syracuse where the book is to be enshrined in one of the city's temples. There Sinbad also meets an old flame Marina. Turns out Marina is bethroed to Proteus. Eris disguises herself as Sinbad and takes the Book of Peace. Sinbad is thrown in jail with a sentence of death.Read more ›
Granted, the story itself is somewhat shallow and superficial, yet SINBAD succeeds through the skill and artistry of its makers. The film explodes with colorful images--some of them computer-animated, most of them drawn by human hands--that overwhelm the viewer; within seconds, the outside world exits stage left as the viewer is absorbed into delightful aesthetic imagery. Sure, this is a cartoon, and the characters gracefully defy gravity (and injury) while Nature and other nasty perils take on an even more ominous dimension, yet the film is so well crafted and beautiful that disbelief is willingly and permanently suspended.
SINBAD--LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS is still good, despite the voice lended by Brad Pitt in the lead role. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes, and Dennis Haysbert make their characters come to life, but again, characters and story take a backseat to the animation. This is riveting, swashbuckling stuff; a cartoon that is highly recommended.
I read a few complaints from animation geeks who complained about the melding of the two different kinds of animation in this movie. It's true, sometimes I could see the difference between the two, but I didn't have a problem with that. In fact, it gave the film a weird sense of dimension, like watching a three-D movie with glasses on.
The story is solid and emotionally satisfying. There are some adult one-liners that will make you bark with surpised laughter. But I'll tell you what makes the film great - The ART. The thing that sets Sinbad apart from pretty much any animated film I've seen is that these artists imagined things that were visually stunning and original. Watching this movie is like seeing a Cirque d'Soleil show for the first time. Never have I seen animation exploited so beautifully. Dreamworks used it not only to do things that you couldn't ever do in real life, they used it to portray things that most of us couldn't even imagine. And they did it so convincingly that at times I forgot I was watching an animated film and thought, "How did they DO that? Oh, yeah...it isn't real." Combine that with taut, action-based storytelling and you have a film worth buying.
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Surprisingly quality movie, good plot, a lot of silliness, and a fun view into ancient mythological characters. Good enough to get for the house collection and watch it again!Published 10 hours ago by IdahoGirl
It's one the shows that I enjoyed as a kid. Thanks for making my childhood awesome!Published 10 days ago by sharon storm
Witty banter. Imaginative adventures. Creative characters. This is a great movie that captures the imagination in every adult.Published 11 days ago by Lucinda Sweazey
One of my favorite movies. Kids already grown up and we still enjoying kids movies. The delivery was fast and packed neat.Published 15 days ago by Nelli Ceron
One of the best animated cartoons of all time! Impressive! Thanks!Published 2 months ago by Marie Bloodworth
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