“Racing Stripes” tells the delightful tale of a baby zebra that is accidentally left behind by a traveling circus. The zebra (voiced by Frankie Muniz) finds his way into the barn of former horse trainer Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood) and his teenage daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere) who aptly names him Stripes. In the barn, he is befriended by a host of misfit animals (voiced by Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Foxworthy, Joe Pantoliano and Snoop Dogg). On the other side of the fence are champion stallions that mock their striped neighbor at every opportunity. From the edge of the Walsh property, Stripes can see the horses run on the racetrack, which fuels in him a desire to run and compete. Unfortunately, no one tells Stripes that he is a zebra. Aided by his zany friends, Stripes searches for a way to compete while the stallions do whatever they can to stop him. The conflict can only be settled on the racetrack of the prestigious Kentucky Open.
In this adventure reminiscent of “Babe: The Gallant Pig,” the story revolves as much around the animals as it does the human cast. Stripes tells the age old tale of a girl and her horse (well, zebra) and the bond that brings them both into an understanding of who they were meant to be. Aside from a couple of double entendres, the only objectionable humor comes from a flatulent fly named Scuz. This film is a winner in our book and is a must have in your DVD or video collection when it is released for sale.