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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Introduces kids to the legend of Sinbad.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Eris likes the occasional martini. Wine goblets are visible at meals.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a swashbuckling romp of a movie, with a couple of clever plot tweaks and some jaw-dropping animation. It may actually exceed 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.
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