Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

  • Review Date: November 17, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Fun, if standard, animated adventure with battles, innuendo.
  • Review Date: November 17, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Introduces kids to the legend of Sinbad.

Positive messages

The importance of love, friendship, loyalty, and peace among people are all themes here. Traditional sexist attitudes about women are discussed.

Positive role models

Sinbad is a mercenary pirate, but proves that he has a heart; Proteus is caring, loyal, and duty-bound. The main female characters are strong and intelligent, but Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, is usually good at her job.

Violence & scariness

The crew fights lots of scary beasts from land, air, and sea. Fantasy sequences include lots of fighting with swords and daggers; people are sometimes punched in the face. A few cast members are in fear of being executed; references are also made to being violently killed. One cast member is bitten by his dog.

Sexy stuff

Some mild flirting and sexual innuendo. A quick reference is made to a brothel. Sirens (mermaids) use their sensuality to lure men towards trouble. Some of the crew go shirtless; in one scene a partially bare bottom is visible.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Eris likes the occasional martini. Wine goblets are visible at meals.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated version of Sinbad contains the expected swashbuckling behavior, but it also contains some iffy content, including mild flirting, sexual innuendo, and even a partially animated bare bottom. Fights against men and monsters are fought with swords, daggers, and occasionally, punches. The threat of execution is also a theme. A martini and wine goblets are visible. Loyalty, friendship, and romance are all themes, and the female characters are very strong.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, the goddess of chaos, Eris (Michelle Pfeiffer) wants to remove the famed Book of Peace so that she can sow discord and ruin throughout the Twelve Cities. Sinbad (Brad Pitt) and his crew are good-hearted pirates seeking adventure and fortune to realize their dream of retiring to the beaches of Fiji. When Sinbad attempts to steal the all-important Book in order to ransom it for his sandy paradise, he finds himself crossing swords with his childhood friend, Proteus (Joseph Fiennes). Eris frames Sinbad for the theft of the Book, leaving Proteus -- believing in his friend's innocence -- to step in as Sinbad's proxy in jail. Sinbad, with Proteus' fiance Marina (Catherine Zeta Jones) as observer, must find a way to retrieve the Book within ten days or Proteus will be executed.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This is a swashbuckling romp of a movie, which -- with a couple of clever plot tweaks and some jaw-dropping animation -- exceeds the low expectations you might have for the hundredth remake of the Sinbad legend. Is this a great movie? No. But with a bag of popcorn and an open mind, this flick will provide a fine getaway on the open seas. Dreamworks combined three-dimensional computer generated images for the background with two-dimensional characters crossing swords and swinging from ropes in the foreground, to stunning effect. The characters themselves are cut from standard issue Disney cloth, and no animated movie these days would be complete without an animal side-kick, here it's slobbering bulldog Spike.

You might feel like you have been here before and in many ways you have. The fast pace, lovely animation, and zingy dialogue will not distract you for long from noticing that there is little new or noteworthy in these 84 minutes of dazzle. However, there is a nice little message about friendship and duty here, which, teamed with ocean adventure, make this movie a sea-worthy vessel for the easy sailing of summer entertainment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the bond of friendship and what it means to believe in someone, even when they do not believe in themselves.

  • What do you know about the legend of Sinbad? Go to the library or online to find out more about his story.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 2, 2003
DVD release date:November 18, 2003
Cast:Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer
Director:Tim Johnson
Studio:DreamWorks
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:83 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:adventure action, some mild sensuality and brief language

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Adult Written bynduns July 14, 2009
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9
QUALITY
 

There you go again, CS, ignoring lessons!

Despite all the reasons for me to hate you guys, at least you usually pay attention to the lessons in movies! But not this time, oh no! You didn't mention ONCE how Sinbad was willing to sacrifice his life for a friend! You also failed to mention how Sinbad's bad behavior is just an act and that he accepts it all in the end. Overall, this is a severely underrated film. It has nearly-nonstop action, so it's very fun to watch and it's very original. I know it kinda goes against the original story, but then again, I really liked Hercules, so obviously I couldn't care less about that. Overall, I fail to see why people dislike this movie so much. It's funny, it's well thought-out, it's an overall fun experience. CS, I gotta say this: Lighten up. Just because movies tend to teach lessons, that doesn't mean it has to be its soul purpose. Even if you can't see the lessons, can't you just avoid removing a whole point for that? Seriously, you do that a lot.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Adult Written byNegrelli April 9, 2008
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5
QUALITY
 
We enjoyed the movie despite that there were very few "calm" scenes -lots of fast action scenes. The characters were delightful!
Kid, 12 years old October 2, 2009
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Dazzling special effects with some great monsters and action sequences. The rest is rubbish, with characters you don't care for and way too many sexual quips.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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