Stripes, Dir; Frederik Du Chau, Cert; tbc
look at this with some perspective shall we? On the one hand, this has
been getting groans of disgruntlement from certain quarters of the press,
but the fact is that this is purely what it intends to be a feelgood
childrens film and nothing else.
This is billed as the official film of Red Nose Day and, whilst
the more anal of film critics will complain that there is not enough
here to keep the adults entertained, its a certainty that
the under tens will embrace it with all their hearts. I know I would have
done at that age anyway.
The story begins with a baby zebra being abandoned by a bunch of circus
travellers, and being picked up by the caring Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood),
a horse trainer, and being persuaded to keep the cute looking animal by
his daughter, Channing.
The latter is played by the utterly gorgeous Hayden Panettiere, and I
must confess, I was horrified to learn when I got home and looked her
up on the IMDb that
she was only fifteen
especially after what Id been previously
we wont go into that
I felt kind of
unclean when I realised
Moving swiftly on, you could say this film is like Little House
on the Prairie meets Babe meets Rebel Without
a Cause with a sprinkling of Fight Club thrown in for
good measure. Hey, who SAID there was nothing for adults? Youll
know which scenes I am talking about as soon as you see them, Im
Now, Im no fan of talking animal pictures as a rule,
and I have to admit that the vast majority of the characters here are
carbon copies of the farmyard beasts of Babe, right down to
the pelican, who is practically the same character as the duck in the
latter film, despite Joe Pantolianos gangster overtones.
Some of the voices work, some dont, but the biggest revelation for
me at least was the love interest of Stripes (Frankie Muniz), a long maned
filly called Sandy, voiced to perfection by the former pop starlet Mandy
MY only gripe is that we have to once again watch the inevitable two clown
characters that invariably pop up in all childrens films these days.
This time theyre in the guise of two flies and really, their antics
are just TOO childish. But hey, dont let me contradict myself from
what I said earlier this is very much a kids film and theyll
probably love the poo jokes!
Overall its nothing new in fact you can probably recite the
story yourself without even seeing it - but it IS quite charming, despite
the Bryan Adams tune late on