Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is a fine piece of animation, gloriously drawn, fluently animated, and well told, it was a depressing realization to its company Dreamworks and the entire animated empire in Hollywood. Due to its modest box office returns, it cemented the fact that "traditional stories with traditional animation" (employing the quote from Dreamworks head Jeffrey Katzenberg) weren't going to cut it anymore, and audiences wanted bigger animation, more serious morals, and wittier works than in previous years.
Yet that's not to say Sinbad can't effectively be enjoyed on its own terms. The story is a slender one, concerning the title character (voiced fittingly by Brad Pitt), who is on an expedition to recover the Book of…
Instead of attempting to upstage Ray Harryhausen's work on the three existing Sinbad pictures (with our new and improved regime of computer enhanced digital effects), Dreamworks has, instead, worked up a lame vision wherein an anachronistic, cliché spewing Sinbad is made to prove that he is good at heart, while falling for a shrill, strong willed heroine who is about as likable as the (surprisingly few) snarling beasts the title character finds himself battling. Embracing one of the true failings of Jason and the Argonauts (another Harryhausen work), Sinbad is framed around Eris, the Goddess of Chaos, whose job, seemingly, is to meddle in the affairs of mortals. In Jason and the Argonauts, the Gods and Goddesses were goofy and…
Film 5 of The 2013 Project.
Running time: 88 minutes.
Dreamwork animated films are so hit and miss, and this right here is a complete miss. This was made a little while after Shrek, and I'm surprised this was just so very bad. I predicted the ending, my girlfriend didn't think I would be right but I was. This is a completely predictable, unoriginal, animation. With some really weird 3D animation for the monsters at parts. The voices don't go with the characters, even if Brad Pitt is doing the voice of one of the characters, every thing just doesn't go. I had a little bit of hope for this, but it was very disappointing and even my nephew lost interest after five minutes, I think that's really saying something about this.
As far as I alwats heard, this movie was never very popular. Outside of myself I have never heard much good comments for it. I always enjoyed this movie. Yes it as some problems but nothing too major and I am also willing to overlook the change of setting from greek mythology from arab mythology, Granted it's a little silly but not a huge deal breaker for me. This movie as been shown every year around this time in HD on a local TV channel. Frankly I am very sad that it's still not on Blu-ray.
This is a faboo Dreamworks animated film, tons of fun, great music, delightful characters (primary and supporting), lively plot, very nice animation (though some of the CG/trad animation isn't quite as seamless as the ideal.
My Review: 8/10
I took Syd to the $2 show to see this...fun times!
My Review: 8/10
We went to see Sinbad at an early free screener for an HP event since they provided all the compute power for it. It was a good movie. It had some good action scenes and some pretty funny (mostly adultish) humor. Sydney really enjoyed it and can't wait for the DVD.
1.5 out of 5 (C-)
Fun traditional animated adventure.