2005 combination of live-action humans and FX-assisted talking animals (though like Babe and Charlotte's Web the latter never talk to the former). A circus truck loses a baby zebra near the farm of a widowed former trainer (Bruce Greenwood) and his teenage daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere, in one of her several sports-related roles); the zebra, named Stripes (voiced by Hayden's brother Jansen as a baby, then by Frankie Muniz when he grows up), grows up believing he's a horse and wants to race (hence the title). On his side are a Shetland pony named Tucker (voice of Dustin Hoffman) who's helped groom many successful horses, sassy goat Franny (voice of Whoopi Goldberg), a nervous big city pelican named Goose (voice of Joe Pantoliano) a pair of comic-relief flies (voices of David Spade and Steve Harvey). Not on his side are most of the real horses, especially champion Sir Trenton and his son Trenton's Pride (voices of Fred Dalton Thompson and Joshua Jackson).Meanwhile, Channing wants to follow in her late mother's footsteps and become a jockey, but her dad doesn't want her to do so as that was what resulted in her mother becoming late to begin with (and in his giving up the sport of kings). Can our two diminutive heroes overcome adversity to triumph at the Kentucky Open?
This movie provides examples of:
- Abandoned Pet In A Box: A circus accidentally leaves baby Stripes behind at the beginning of the movie.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The theme song for the Japanese version is "I Will" by Hitomi Shimatani.
- Animal Athlete Loophole
- Artistic License – Biology: Horses are faster and have greater endurance than zebras, thus a zebra would be at a disadvantage in a race at the very least, if it could win at all. For this reason they used horses painted like zebras for some shots.
- Ash Face: Goose, after he destroys Chan's motorcycle, somehow causing it to explode. Then Goose, covered in ashes weakly walks back into the barnGoose: Ya see...Ya call the Goose... and ba-da-bing— [faints]
Tucker: [laughs] Bada-boom!
- Award-Bait Song: Taking The Inside Rail by Sting.
- Babies Ever After: An alternate ending shows Stripes and Sandy having a ze-horse foal.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After being defeated, Trenton's Pride invites Stripes to hang out.
- Double EntendreTucker: (to Goose) With the size of that pecker, I should've known you'd be a big mouth.
- Excuse Plot: Non-video game example: they admit in the commentary the flies were basically there to give them a reason for certain camera angles, like around the hoofs and whatnot.
- Horse of a Different Color: Almost literal, too.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: The title.
- Interspecies Friendship:
- Interspecies Romance: Stripes eventually hooks up with a horse and they have a foal together.
- Meaningful Echo: "Not look back, and leave it all on the track!"
- Noodle Incident: Goose states he moved to Nolan's farm to escape other birds who for some reason have placed a hit on him.Goose: "Here's the whole risoto. I'm a hit-bird who had a little mishap with Sammy Seagull, Freddie Flamingo, Johnny Storkanado. And now Sammy, Freddie and Johnny are all after me.
- Toilet Humor: Goose laments that his aim with his bird droppings isn't very good. At the end of the film, he succeeds in landing one of the villain.
- You Got Guts: Tucker says this to Stripes when he secretly watches him in the Blue Moon Races.