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(2005), PG [PG*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Alcon Entertainment
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Frederik Du Chau
Producer(s): Daniel Brimer, Kira Davis, Kirk De Micco, Genevieve Hofmeyr, Julie Huntsinger, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Edward McDonnell, Philip A. Patterson, Lloyd Phillips, Steven P. Wegner
Story: David Schmidt, Steven P. Wegner, Kirk De Micco, Frederik Du Chau
Screenplay: David Schmidt
Cinematography/Camera: David Eggby
Music: Mark Isham
Film Editing: Tom Finan
Casting: Cathy Sandrich
Production Design: Wolf Kroeger
Art Direction: Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Stripes (voice of Jansen Panettiere as the young Stripes & Frankie Muniz) was a zebra who wanted to be a racehorse. He was convinced he was a racehorse and was crushed when he was told he was a zebra. After recomposing himself, what did it matter that he was a zebra? Stripes continued his life with the goal of being a racehorse.
One day, horse trainer Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood) found a box in the rain-soaked road near his ailing horse training facility and meager farm. In that box was a baby zebra. Finding compassion for the abandoned critter, Nolan brought the zebra home. And there, daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere) fell in love with the helpless trotter. After an episode of emotions that would have melted the hardest of hearts, Channing convinced her father to let the zebra stay. The wobbling zebra became Stripes.
Stripes was quick to make friends ... and enemies ... at the Walsh farm: Sandy (voice of Mandy Moore); Clydesdale (voice of Michael Clarke Duncan); Reggie (voice of Jeff Foxworthy); Goose (voice of Joe Pantoliano); Franny (voice of Whoopie Goldberg); Sir Trenton (voice of Fred Dalton Thompson) and his son, Trenton's Pride (voice of Kyle Alcazar & Joshua Jackson); several others.
Also in the army of critters doing their best to help Stripes become the race horse he wanted to be was Scuzz (David Spade) and Buzz (Steve Harvey), two flies which provided much of the crude and toilet humor such as getting one's head stuffed in a pile of manure -- and liking it. And flatulence, of course. This is a PG.
While Sandy became stripes' girlfriend, probably the best friend and mentor Stripes had was the Shetland pony, Tucker (voice of Dustin Hoffman) who guided Stripes through his transformation from zebra to race horse. Stripes even made "friends" with the mailman (Caspar Poyck). Every day when the mailman had a delivery at the Walsh farm, Stripes met him and with excited anticipation raced him in his truck along the fence line. That is where it was discovered that Stripes just might make it as a race horse.
So, Stripes was on his way to being a racehorse. And Channing wanted to be the jockey. Such a combination inevitably led to a race. Much to dad's chagrin since he lost his wife to a racing tragedy, Nolan still agreed to let Channing be the jockey to test Stripes' ability to race. Calling on all his experience as a trainer, Nolan took the next likely step to be taken when wrapped around the little finger of your daughter and, thanks to the generosity of racing track rat Woodzie (M. Emmet Walsh), came up with the $5000 entry fee and entered Stripes in a race.
One of the nice things about this film is that Stripes never lost sight of the fact that he was a zebra, not a horse. His solid identity became a little shaky when Stripes said "I hate my life", but by the loving compassion of a lot of friends Stripes was ever reminded he was a zebra and not to feel shame or shortcoming from being a zebra: to go for it in trying to race but always knowing he was a zebra. Never doubt who you are, kids. What you choose to do does not make you who you are. We all make poor behavioral choices from time to time but what we choose to do does not make who we are inside. In a more succinct sense, who you are does not have to dictate what you choose to do and what you choose to do does not dictate who you are. Jesus exemplified this concept as He could see a king in a shepherd boy. Jesus loves each and every one of us. Unconditionally. It is some of the things we choose to do -- our sins -- He hates. And every single non-autonomic movement we make -- every word we say, every thing we grasp -- is a choice. No exceptions. No debate.
Racing Stripes is a delightful tale of encouragement to be whatever you want to be; of mastering one's "limitations" rather than being mastered by them. But this race horse story had a few fleas. Four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11, 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Eph. 4:29]. Several episodes of teen arrogance and rebellion against parental authority [Prov. 8:13, 1 Sam. 15:23]. Some issues of cruelty, even of an adult toward a teen [1Tim. 4:12, Matt. 18:10] Much ridicule based on "race." Encouragement of youth to defy their father [Is. 30:1, Luke 17:2, again Matt. 18:10]. Lies to the father [Exod. 20:12]. Crude and toilet humor [Eph. 5:4]. And a "gay" kiss [1Cor. 6:9]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that you may want to consider before deciding whether to let your little ones view this film.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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