Directed by Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson, starring the voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes and Dennis Haysbert.

The vocal talents of some big stars but does any punter really care who voices Sinbad, his crew, love interest Marina or villain Eris? Parents maybe, but aren't youngsters more interested in the thrills than the talking? Sadly, this Sinbad doesn't offer enough of the former and again shows how much traditional animated stories are now playing second best to the likes of 'Shrek', 'Monsters: Inc' and 'Lilo & Stitch'.

Here Sinbad (Pitt) has two choices: run or do the right thing. Having returned the all-important Book of Peace to the kingdom of Syracuse, he finds a deal he cut with goddess of chaos Eris (Pfeiffer) comes back to haunt him. She steals the book, leaving Sinbad to take the blame and face execution. That is until his childhood pal Proteus (Fiennes) intervenes and says he will take Sinbad's place so that the loveable rogue can track down the book and clear his name. Sinbad agrees, but no-one's really sure whether he's going to honour the deal so Proteus' girlfriend Marina (Zeta-Jones) tags along to make sure he does.

This is an adventure unsure of just who its aiming itself at. There are nice one-liners, but not enough of them, and some of the action could be a little scary for the very young and not exciting enough for those a few years older. The powers that be should have spent less time recruiting A-list stars and longer on nailing down a storyline that would stay with people once the 85 minutes were up. Plant any kid in front of the live action 'Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger' or 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad' when they're on the TV and they'll get more out of them than what's on offer here.

If you drag a gang along to this one, be prepared to make amends with a trip to 'Pirates of the Caribbean'.

Harry Guerin