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Story

Racing Stripes is the tale of a baby zebra named Stripes, who is accidentally abandoned by a traveling circus during a rainstorm. The helpless zebra foal is discovered by horse trainer Nolan Walsh, who rescues Stripes and takes him home to live with him and his young daughter Channing on their modest Kentucky farm.

Stripes soon becomes a happy member of the farm's barnyard animal family, led by a cranky Shetland Pony named Tucker and Franny, a wise goat who looks after Stripes. The group also features bird-brained rooster Reggie and Goose, a deranged big-city pelican on the lam who's hiding out in the sticks until the heat dies down in Jersey.

Stripes and Channing grow up together as best friends who, unbeknownst to Channing, share a similar ambition – both dream of racing in the prestigious Kentucky Open. Channing longs to train as a jockey, but her protective father refuses to let her compete in the potentially dangerous sport. Stripes just knows that if he could get onto the track, he could leave all the other horses in the dust. What he doesn't know is…he's not exactly a horse.

The neighboring Estate is run by the ruthless queen of the Kentucky racing circuit, Clara Dalrymple. Stripes battles the ridicule of the Estate's thoroughbreds-in-training, Sir Trenton's Pride and Ruffshod, who taunt him relentlessly about his lack of breeding and unusual appearance. But the Estate is home to some kinder residents, such as Sandy, a beautiful mare whose admiration and affection for Stripes further enrages his rivals.

With the help of his barnyard friends, Stripes must overcome prejudice and self-doubt to pursue his lifelong dream of running with the big horses and landing in the winner's circle.

Some champions are born, not bred.

DVD Features

  • Audio commentary with director Frederik Du Chau
  • Deleted scenes
  • Alternate ending
  • Barnyard outtakes reel
  • Featurette: "How to Make Animals Talk"
  • Featurette: "Acting Class with the Animals and Their Trainers"
  • Featurette: "The Music of Racing Stripes"
  • "Buzz and Scuzz's Flying Fiasco Challenge"
  • Virtual comic book: "The Racing Stripes Prequel"
  • Theatrical trailer

Cast

Bruce GreenwoodNolan Walsh
Hayden PanettiereChanning Walsh
Caspar PoyckMailman
Gary BullockJohn Cooper
Wendie MalickClara Dalrymple
M. Emmet WalshWoodzie
Frankie MunizStripes
Mandy MooreSandy
Michael Clarke DuncanClydesdale
Jeff FoxworthyReggie
Joshua JacksonTrenton's Pride
Snoop DoggLightning
Joe PantolianoGoose
Michael RosenbaumRuffshodd
Steve HarveyBuzz
David SpadeScuzz
Fred Dalton ThompsonSir Trenton
Dustin HoffmanTucker
Whoopi GoldbergFranny

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  • Genre: Animated Movies
  • Theme(s): Satire/Parody/Comedy, Family
  • Director: Frederik Du Chau
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 102 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Standard 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 14, 2005
    EuropeFeb 4, 2005
    JapanMar 12, 2005
    AustraliaJan 6, 2005
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropeU
    AustraliaG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 10, 2005
    EuropeJun 20, 2005
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