Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (also known as Sinbad) is a 2003 American animated adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures. Like the studio’s previous film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), the film combines traditional animation with some computer animation. Featuring the character Sinbad the Sailor, it was directed by Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore (in his feature directorial debut) and written by John Logan, and stars the voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Joseph Fiennes. It covers the story of Sinbad (voiced by Pitt), a pirate who travels the sea with his dog and his loyal crew, alongside Marina (voiced by Zeta-Jones), the fiancée of his childhood friend Prince Proteus (voiced by Fiennes), to recover the stolen Book of Peace from Eris (voiced by Pfeiffer) to save Proteus from accepting Sinbad’s death sentence. The film blends elements from One Thousand and One Nights and classical mythology.
Sinbad was released on July 2nd, 2003, and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the animation, action sequences, and voice performances, but criticized the storyline and polarizing CGI. Grossing $80.8 million on a $60 million budget, Sinbad was a box-office bomb, causing DreamWorks to suffer a $125 million loss on a string of films, which nearly bankrupted them. To date, this soon became the final DreamWorks Animation film to use traditional animation, as the studio abandoned that in favor of computer animation. However, DreamWorks brought 2D animation back for the 5-minute short film Bird Karma in 2018.
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