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Racing Stripes



Best live-action talking animal movie since Babe.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Off camera violence, tense scenes, slapstick moments.

Sexy stuff

Crude potty jokes.


Mild schoolyard language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some mild language, including insults like "idiot," "blow sunshine up your tail," and "kick your butt." A bad word is amusingly cut off by an animal's "baaa." There is some crude humor, much of it involving animal poop (which most children will find very funny). An animal parent is very harsh to his child. There is a scary fall and some off-camera violence, but no one is hurt. Some viewers may be concerned about the storyline concerning the death of Channing's mother in a racing accident.

What's the story?

RACING STRIPES gets rolling when horse trainer turned farmer Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood) finds a baby zebra and brings him home. For his daughter, Channing (Hayden Panittiere), it is love at first sight. Three years later, Stripes is a cherished part of the farm family. But Stripes (voice of Frankie Muniz), who has never seen another zebra, thinks he is a racehorse, like the thoroughbreds he sees at the race course next door, owned by snooty Carla (Wendie Malick). His friends include pony Tucker (voice of Dustin Hoffman), a goat (voice of Whoopi Goldberg), wayward seagull Goose, and horseflies Scuzz and Buzz. The race horses jeer at him, but Stripes trains and dreams of winning a real race. A sympathetic filly named Sandy (voice of Mandy Moore) provides encouragement. The animals find a way to let Channing know that Stripes is fast enough to race and wants to ride him, but Nolan, whose wife died in a racing accident, does not want Channing to compete.

Is it any good?


Racing Stripes is the best live-action talking-animal movie since the beloved Babe. The human performers are just fine, especially the underrated Greenwood. He is too often relegated to bad-guy roles, but he shows real warmth and screen presence here. Up-and-coming young Panittiere makes us believe in her devotion to her father and the dream of racing she shares with Stripes.

But the movie is all about the animals and the voice talents and computer-aided "acting" make the characters very real and very appealing. The humor may overdo the doo-doo, but there are sweet and funny moments as Stripes tries to follow his dream and learns the importance of friends.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Stripes was so unhappy to find out he was not a horse. Why did Clara and Nolan have different ideas about what was important? Why do some people think "different is scary?" What does it mean to say "You can put your boots in the oven but that doesn't make them biscuits?" What made Nolan change his mind about letting Channing race? They should also talk about the importance of both skill and discipline, and both ability and heart. What can you tell about the way families can resolve differences by the way Nolan and Channing talk to each other?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 14, 2005
DVD/Streaming release date:May 10, 2005
Cast:Frankie Muniz, Hayden Panettiere, Wendie Malick
Director:Frederik Du Chau
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Horses and farm animals, Wild animals
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild crude humor and some language

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Parent Written bytreat02 June 11, 2012

Parents, this is a very different movie then you'd think. BEWARE

There is a very positive message, but, I will say, the movie itself, (the script) is terrible. Little kids wouldn't understand some of the jokes, which are now useless to them. And, parents will think it's all a little kid movie, and it's not really like that. The thing about this movie, that really gets me, is the flies. Those were not-needed. They were very provokitive, and very bad-role models. The reason I don't say that about others (the mean horses), is because they were supposed to be bad. In the end, it all turns out good, but I still think that the movie was horrible.
Adult Written byMovieluver101 August 29, 2011


Cutest thing ever. I absouloutley love this movie and even though there might be a little bad words like, moron or idiot it is totally fine! It is a great movie so I would recomend it!
Parent Written byKRESPOS July 31, 2011

very funny, feel-good family movie

VERY funny, feel-good family movie. lots of teaching moments (being different is ok, don't bully, etc.) and plenty of potty humor which of course we all liked. no real profanity but words like "ass" (double-meaning, in context of donkey), "stupid idiot", etc. but i see those as teaching moments - "not a nice word to use", etc.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much swearing


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