Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) voices Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes directed by Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson Movie Review

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Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

Sinbad the Mediocre

Sinbad, a Persian sailor, is on a dangerous mission to obtain the magical Book of Peace which has gone missing and which he is accused of stealing. The truth is that Eris, the Greek goddess of chaos has stitched Sinbad up and now if he doesn't find the book his lifelong friend Prince Proteus of Syracuse will be put to death in place of Sinbad whilst Eris will gain more power in the land of the mortals.

By the 90s I had hit the age where I was no longer in to animations and in fairness for about twenty years I generally avoided them until recently where for some reason as a forty something I have started to watch them again. What for me is interesting is whilst I am a huge fan of vintage Disney animations those which were being made in the 90s and early 21st century do very little for me and "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" is one of those animations which does nothing for me. Part of that is down to being the wrong age for it but also because for me "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" lacks the prestige and class of classic Disney and almost feels like something made for TV.

In truth I would imagine that early teens and those a little younger who watched this back in 2003 probably enjoyed it as it has humour, adventure, simple characters to understand and noise. Plus it had that style which Disney had favoured ever since "Aladdin" was a success back in 1992, although much of that was down to the voice work. But as a grown up it just felt like "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" had been churned out of the animation factory with a story which failed to grip, characters who were forgettable and nothing in the shape of entertainment for adults. Basically for me watching "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" was a slog because there was nothing for me as an adult and I found myself struggling to keep interested in it. Even the actors who did the voice work did nothing for me and if I hadn't read their names before hand I wouldn't have had an idea whilst watching.

What this all boils down to is that "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" is another one of those Disney animations which worked for its intended young audience at the time but failed to offer up anything which would keep adults watching it with children entertained. Plus when you consider how special the animations were which once came out of Disney, "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" is incredibly ordinary in comparison.


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