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YMMV / Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Sinbad genuinely chauvinistic and ungrateful toward Marina, or was he deliberately trying to taint her opinion of him to prevent her from falling in love with him, considering how Sinbad and Proteus drifted apart due to the former's love towards Marina.
  • Awesome Art: The backgrounds and visual effects are absolutely stunning.
    • Special mention goes to Eris' animation, especially her foggy body and her hair.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Sinbad himself. The film's detractors tend to name him as one of the things they disliked most about it.
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  • Cult Classic: Barely remembered in popular consciousness, it still has a small group of loyal fans.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Eris who, despite being the villain, has very little screen time. Through Evil Is Sexy and her gorgeous character design and animation, alongside her interesting personality and powers she is very popular in fandom, to a point that many only watch this movie for her.
  • Evil Is Cool: It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say plenty of people watch this film just for Eris.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Eris. Being played by Michelle Pfeiffer also helps.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Dreamworks' "Traditional Animation is Dead" line in response to this movie bombing can definitely be seen in a new light considering all the box-office duds DreamWorks has had in recent years. Unlike their competitors, a single low grossing movie is enough to pull stockholder support from the company.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Marina uses diamonds to bribe Sinbad and his crew into giving her passage, giving some Marina & the Diamonds vibes. Even better, that Marina and the actress who voiced this Marina are both Welsh, and both Marinas are of Greek descent to boot.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Kale and Sinbad: "Kale... Give me a hug?"
    • Sinbad and Proteus seem unable to take their eyes off each other in most scenes they're both in.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Eris again. As stated above, some watch the film just for her.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Marina is a very popular character with the Fan Vid Crossover Ship community. She's been shipped with most traditionally animated Disney Animated Canon main characters and with a good portion of Disney-eque ones too, such as Odette from The Swan Princess and Dimitri from Anastasia
    • While not quite as popular as Marina, Sinbad is popular with shippers too thanks to his handsome design.
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    • Eris is one of these to animated villains. However, she also gets shipped a lot with heroes as well.
  • One True Threesome: There is some rather heavy subtext between Sinbad/Marina/Proteus. While Proteus/Marina and Sinbad/Marina are both canonical, the two men bear no jealousy towards each other. Proteus blindly trusts Sinbad to save his life, and they spend a lot of time embracing and staring into each other's eyes. Really, the only reason Proteus couldn't follow them to sea was because of his duties as Prince of Syracuse. There is nothing to say Marina loves Sinbad more than Proteus, since she wanted to sail the sea long before the events of the film.
  • Strangled by the Red String: To a degree. Marina goes from disliking Sinbad to realizing he's her true love after just a few days. Also, Sinbad once had a Love at First Sight with Marina and still loves her after what's approximately 10-15 years later, despite never having known her.
  • Squick: When Spike licks some of the eye liquid of a monster.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Sinbad can easily come off as this due to the nature of his character. He spends a huge chunk of the film being a real jackass, treating the idea of stealing the Book of Peace and holding it for ransom like it's no big deal (and since the book is needed to maintain world order, this basically makes Sinbad the biggest asshole in the universe for wanting to steal it), initially plans to leave his friend Proteus to die (who stepped up to bat for Sinbad at the potential cost of his own life) and hightail it to Fiji with his crew, and acts like a sexist jerk to Marina. While he does eventually prove himself to be a good person, it can be hard to sympathize with him until the film's third act - though it's ambiguous whether or not this was unintentional at all.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Eris's animation is gorgeous. The film also made very good use of its blend of CGI, adding in plenty of Scenery Porn. The awesome is enhanced by the fact that Sinbad was the first feature film of any kind made entirely in Linux. And in 2003, when Linux was severely lacking in the "filmmaking software" department.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Sinbad and his crew show some pretty impressive ass-kicking abilities when raiding Proteus's ship... which they never really get an opportunity to use after that.
  • The Woobie: Proteus. He almost loses his life for Sinbad's favor and loses his fiancée to him. The fact he takes it all in good stride makes him an Iron Woobie.


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