Zodiac: The Race Begins

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Dreadful animated folk tale has some scares.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 84 minutes

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age 7+
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This movie is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

As a folk tale concerning how people learned to conceptualize time, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

None of the characters is likable.

Violence & Scariness

An evil animated tree that speaks in an overly sinister voice might be scary for younger viewers. There's a scene in which a monkey's rear end catches on fire.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zodiac: The Race Begins is a 2006 computer-animated movie from Singapore that is rife with unlistenable songs, unlikable characters, terrible acting, and the thinnest of storylines. While ostensibly a folktale about how twelve animals earned their places in the Zodiac calendar, thus helping humanity understand the concept of time, all the aforementioned excruciatingly bad aspects to this movie take what could be an interesting idea and ruin it. There is also an evil tree with a very sinister voice that could give younger kids nightmares, and a scene in which a monkey's rear end catches on fire.

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Parent of a 2 and 3-year-old Written byMommaOfTwoo July 25, 2014


Worst movie I've seen in a long time.

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What's the story?

During an era when people have no concept of time, a king issues a proclamation, ordering all the animals to race to the Celestial Palace. The twelve fastest animals will be tasked to be part of the Zodiac, and thus help humanity tell time and to protect them from evil. And so, the race begins, as characters like Ringo the Rat (Tom Arnold), Riley the Rabbit, and Orial the Ox find ways to emerge victorious in this journey, and thus become immortalized on the Zodiac. But an evil tree stands in their way, as well as numerous animals who are also trying to earn their place in the Celestial Palace.

Is it any good?

ZODIAC: THE RACE BEGINS is an excruciatingly awful mix of terrible songs, horrible acting, unlikeable characters, and only the thinnest of storylines to carry this thing through to the end. This movie has no redeeming value to it. Which is a shame, because the basic premise of it is interesting enough, but the execution of this movie is so bad, it's impossible to care how it ends.

As if this wasn't bad enough, there is also an evil tree that speaks in a sinister voice tailor-made to fill young kids' heads with nightmares. This is just plain lousy, and there really isn't anything else to say about it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the story upon which this movie is based. How could you find out more about the folktale?

  • How does this movie compare to other movies based on folktales?

  • Were any of the characters likeable to you? Why or why not?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love folk tales and fairy tales

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