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Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Fall 2004 DVD
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Length: 86 min.
Rating: PG
DVD Price: $19.99
Review:
High seas, swashbuckling adventure, a sassy stowaway and several giant gruesome creatures provide non-stop action in Disney's animated version of the Sinbad story. Is this anywhere near Beauty and the Beast or Lion King in quality of story, song or production? No. But it's a fun tale well told, with a lesson that asks: how truthful are you? The part that's hardest to grasp is the story line revolving around wispy, ethereal goddess of chaos, Eris (Michelle Pfeiffer) wants to remove the famed Book of Peace so that she can sow discord and ruin. It's fairly high-concept, if you ask me, but kids will recognize that Eris is an evil creature who is determined to cause trouble for Sinbad (Brad Pitt), and that's really all that matters. (Anyone who has seen The Little Mermaid might be reminded of Ursula the sea witch. Eris is similar.) Eris frames Sinbad for a crime and he must redeem himself by facing up to his own conscience. Is he a good enough person to save a friend from death if it means sacrificing his own life? As he embarks on an epic journey to test himself, he's got the wise and quick Marina (Catherine Zeta-Jones) at his side. Unfortunately, she's engaged to Sinbad's friend. Still, she sneaks on board his ship to help him on his journey. One obstacle after another is thrown in the path of Sinbad, Marina and crew, from enormous snow-hawks to watery sirens to sailing off the edge of the world. The stars doing the voices of the characters are pure A-list, but the overall production is more worthy of a B. I still prefer the 1958 version of the story, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, but any Sinbad tale is sure to be an adventure. Kids will have a lot of fun with the DVD extras, especially the adventure on Cyclops Island in which you choose a favorite character to follow as the gang battles one-eyed monsters on the island jungle. There are also printable mazes and maps, along with a segment of favorite monster moments. The DVD is ideal for the adventure lovers in your home.
Ann Oldenburg   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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