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Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas in our magazines

THE MOVIE: Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Voices of Brad Pitt • Catherine Zeta-Jones
• Michelle Pfeiffer
DIRECTORS: Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson
WRITER: John Logan

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas THE CONCEPT:
Sinbad, the most daring and notorious rogue ever to sail the seven seas, is framed for stealing the Book of Peace – he must find and return the precious volume, or his best friend Proteus will die.

U.S. RELEASE: July 2 2003, Nationwide • Rated: PG


“I would say for me the entire Sinbad experience could be summed up in two words – Ray Harryhausen. I grew up on those movies, and I just loved them. I loved the look of them, they were gaudy, fun, exciting and swashbuckling. When Jeffrey Katzenberg pitched the idea of doing Sinbad ala Ray Harryhausen, paying homage to that spirit of swashbuckling fun, I said yes because it sounded like such an exciting idea.”

BRAD PITT (voice of Sinbad):
“As I like to call him Sin-Brad. He’s a bit of a rogue. He lives a life of adventure on the high seas. He finds a little treasure, fights a few monsters … and he likes the girls.”

TIM JOHNSON on casting famous actors for the characters’ voices:
“These people are famous for a very good reason, there is something about their ability to speak a line that makes us pay attention. It’s not merely stunt casting. To be able to grab somebody like Brad Pitt and put him in the role of Sinbad, and we listened to a lot of voices, you just paid attention to him, you believed him, you wanted to go on the ride with him. It’s amazing what a great actor does purely with their voice.”

MICHELLE PFEIFFER (Voice of Eris – Goddess of Chaos):
“All they had to say was ‘the goddess of chaos,’ and I said, ‘yes.’ I wasn’t trying to create a villain; I wanted her to be playful. She just relishes stirring up trouble to make things interesting and amusing for herself … like her own reality TV.”

“Eris is Catwoman with a god complex. She’s a combination of seduction and magic and fun and games, and Michelle put that all together beautifully.”

“Eris was the most elusive character to capture, she was by far the most difficult and therefore the most entertaining and challenging to write. She had to be evil, but not too evil, she had to enjoy her villainy and yet be a serious threat when she needed to be.”

“You find out so much about the character from the first three or four of your twelve recording sessions with the leads, that you make lots of changes. Brad took anger and made it hysterical. So we found ways of letting this utterly competent adventurer become utterly juvenile and incompetent. He brought so much to the role. You can get away with a lot in live action, that you can’t get away with in animation – it’s got to be extra real, because it’s fake.”

In the States, a CD of Dreamworks’ “Shrek and Fiona’s Honeymoon Storybook” will be given away to kids on the opening weekend of Sinbad, starting Wednesday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 6th, for as long as supplies last.

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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