Racing Stripes (2005)



Critic Consensus: An entertaining children movie that ought to be tolerable for adults.

Movie Info

In the middle of a raging thunderstorm, a traveling circus accidentally leaves behind some very precious cargo--a baby zebra. Horse farmer Nolan Walsh, who takes him home to his young daughter Channing, rescues the gangly little foal. Once a champion thoroughbred trainer, Walsh has given up horse training for a quiet life with Channing on their modest Kentucky farm. The little zebra, or "Stripes," as Channing calls him, is soon introduced to the farm's misfit troupe of barnyard residents, led by … More

Rating: PG (for mild crude humor and some language)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Schmidt
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 10, 2005
Box Office: $49.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Nolan Walsh

as Channing Walsh

as Woodzie

as Clara Dalrymple

as Cooper

as Stripes

as Trenton's Pride

as Sir Trenton

as Lightning

as Young Stripes

as Mailman

as Reporter #1

as Reporter #2

as Reporter #3

as Reporter #4

as Paddock Boss

as Track Announcer

as Anthem Singer

as Young Ruffshodd (Voi...

as Young Pride (Voice)
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Critic Reviews for Racing Stripes

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (32)

Part earnest, old-fashioned melodrama, part wisecracking broad comedy, Racing Stripes is a film divided against itself.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

A predictable but pleasant kids movie.

January 24, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Best live-action talking animal movie since Babe.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

There's something oddly satisfying about seeing a notoriously disobedient wild animal like a zebra racing alongside horses.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009

Racing Stripes never pulls ahead of the pack, but it's good for a few laps around the track.

October 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Um filme engraçadinho, sem dúvida, mas que nada mais é do que uma cópia pouco inspirada do encantador Babe - Um Porquinho Atrapalhado.

September 5, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Racing Stripes

A terribly made film and a embarassment to all movies everywhere.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

The combination of bright action, talking animals, exciting races and a comically pelican named Goose should make me laugh heaps better than grubby, bumbling flies Buzz and Scuzz. So cute, funny, heartwarming and a subtly surreal fantasy.
Racing Stripes is a pleasure to watch simply for its animal stunts. I suppose one can never get too old or intellectual to enjoy a dancing monkey, so to speak. There are a few instances of animal "stunts" being too dangerous for the animals - such as Stripes' wipeout, so these are animated with CGI, too, and they're integrated very well.
The animal computer effects are as good as they were in Babe; the quality photography shows off lots of animals, and the voice cast is studded with such stars as Frankie Muniz, Snoop Dogg, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Pantoliano and Mandy Moore.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


The movie is average.

It actually has some pretty funny parts at times and though it's for the kids and silly, adults may enjoy some of the hidden humor that the little ones may not pick up on. It's an inspirational story for children that offer's that little bit of faith needed for those who find themselves picked on or a bit different from the rest.... uniqueness is a good thing....

However, the same thing that makes it good is also it's flaw. We have seen this story told a hundred times. The under dog finds faith in friends and in himself and makes that last push to win the big...whatever... doesn't really matter if it's a Zebra or the million of other movies that features the same topic... it's all the same.

Overall: It's a good movie for children and it's a fun flick to watch as there is some creativty and comical parts too it but it's super predictable and not very original as far as the plot itself is concerned.

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

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