Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is a 2003 animated film produced by DreamWorks SKG with voices of characters
from Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Joseph Fiennes.
This is the last traditionally-animated feature film made by DreamWorks Animation, due to being considered a commercial disaster
and the American public seemed more interested in computer animation. However, the film retains a cult following.
The central part of the plot begins when a pirate named Sinbad is sent on a quest to find the legendary
Book of Peace, a mysterious artifact that Eris, the Greek goddess of chaos, has framed him for stealing.
Given his background as a pirate, Sinbad's accusers do not believe his protestations of innocence.
Sinbad's childhood friend Prince Proteus of Syracuse intervenes, offering to stay imprisoned in Sinbad's
place while Sinbad quests to recover the Book;
if Sinbad cannot recover it and does not return in the time alotted for his quest, Proteus will receive
Sinbad's death penalty. Initially, Sinbad attempts to escape outright; but discovers
that the Lady Marina of Thrace, Proteus's fianc?e, has stowed away on board, determined to ensure that Sinbad fulfills
his obligation to his friend. Influenced by her (and his own conscience), Sinbad ultimately decides to undertake the quest.
This story takes the name Sinbad, the presence of a Roc, and the incident
wherein Sinbad and his crew encounter an island that turns out to be the back of a gigantic sea-beast
from the One Thousand and One Nights; however, much of the setting is derived from Greek mythology, including the
presence of monsters that also appear as constellations, a trip to Tartarus to recover the Book, and an encounter with the Sirens.
The plot scenario of Proteus taking Sinbad's place is similar to the legend of Damon and Pythias. Throughout the film,
Eris appears as a sadistic femme fatale who is constantly in sinuous motion. During the quest, Marina and Sinbad fall in love with each other.
Ultimately, Sinbad reaches Tartarus and enters it, accompanied only by Marina. He meets with Eris, and realizes that
her true goal in the theft was to prod Proteus into surrendering his life for Sinbad's, thus throwing the society where of Syracuse is part into chaos.
Eris agrees to surrender the Book if Sinbad truthfully answers this question: 'if he cannot gain possession of the Book,
will he fulfil his promise and return to die in his friend's place?'. Sinbad says he will return; but Eris accuses him of
lying and sends him and Marina back to Earth without the Book. Sinbad admits to Marina that he was lying, and that he did not intend to keep his word and die,
even to save the life of his friend. Marina begs him to flee, hoping to return alone to Syracuse and somehow save both Proteus and Sinbad.
Sinbad nevertheless travels back to Syracuse, where he embraces the death penalty. Before the executioner can kill him, Eris intervenes, furious at Sinbad for his decision.
Sinbad quickly realizes that, despite doubting himself earlier,
he has indeed kept his word to return to Syracuse and surrender his life for Proteus, and that Eris, as a goddess,
is bound to hold true to her promise to give him the Book. She gives him the Book and disappears, promising to find other places to destroy,
whereupon Sinbad opens the Book to fulfill its purpose. Later Sinbad leaves Syracuse to embark on another voyage, leaving Marina behind despite
their burgeoning romance. Proteus realizes that Sinbad and Marina have fallen in love and bids Marina to go with Sinbad. She and Sinbad sail away,
presumably to have more "adventures."
Brad Pitt - Sinbad
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Marina
Michelle Pfeiffer - Eris, the Goddess of Chaos
Joseph Fiennes - Proteus
Dennis Haysbert - Kale
Adriano Giannini - Rat the Lookout
Timothy West - King Dymas
Jim Cummings - Luca
Frank Welker - Spike (uncredited)
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