DreamWorks Animation’s last traditional animated film was Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. Part of the reason was the film’s “poor” financial receptiona little over 80 million for a film with a budget of 60 million. Regardless of your thoughts on Hollywood logic, the film is actually a hidden treasure, with expert performances from Brad Pitt as Sinbad, Michelle Pfeiffer as Eris, goddess of chaos, Joseph Fiennes as Proteus, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as the love interest who shifts allegiances from the beginning to the end of the film.Sinbad was originally an Arabic story, but the film takes place in Greece. For a more accurate presentation of the material, look for the original tale in Richard Burton’s translation of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. Still, enjoy the film for what it is, and mourn the fact that we won’t see its like again.
October 4, 2010
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