The importance of vocal performance becomes painfully apparent while watching Racing Stripes, a live-action family picture about a zebra who longs to be a race horse. Accidentally left behind when the circus leaves town, Stripes (voiced by Frankie Muniz) is rescued and raised by farmer Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood) and his daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere). Nolan won't let Channing pursue her dream of a racing career. Stripes is heartbroken when he discovers he is a zebra and not a thoroughbred. Together, of course, the two can make their shared dream come true. The digital computer work is smooth and convincing; the animals look as if they are talking. But their voices, courtesy of Muniz, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, and Mandy Moore, are either devoid of personality or -- in the cases of Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Foxworthy, David Spade, and Steve Harvey -- grating and annoying.
Director: Frederik Du Chau
Writer: David Schmidt, Kirk DeMicco, Frederik Du Chau and Mike Samonek
Producer: Lloyd Phillips, Edward McDonnell, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson
Cast: Frankie Muniz, Hayden Panettiere, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Moore, Joshua Jackson, Steve Harvey, David Spade, Wendie Malick and Joe Pantoliano