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Family Movie Review: Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13          Length: 89 minutes (supposedly; but in reality the movie I saw was more like 75 minutes)

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The movie is a retelling of one of Sinbad the sailor’s adventures, so there is some fantasy violence, but the stop-motion animation makes it look appropriately goofy, not gory or bloody. There is also an evil magician, some bloodthirsty vampires, Death leading dead souls, some scantily clad belly dancers with heaving cleavage, and a couple of kisses. Fine for teenagers.

On purpose, ‘Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage’ uses stop-motion animation that looks nicely cartoonish and retro. If only the story were less simplistic and the characters more developed—as it stands, it feels like half a movie, not executed to its fullest extent.

By Roxana Hadadi

Stop-motion animation can be a great thing. It’s more low-budget than straightforward CGI, a little bit goofier, and certainly less realistic; in small amounts, it can be amusing and entertaining. “Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage” uses its stop-motion animation well, and in that way succeeds as a B-movie should. But the subpar acting, the barely developed characters, and the frustrating flashback-heavy structure hurt the film as much as the stop-motion animation helps it.

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