Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Production budget: $60 million | Loss: $125 million

The combined Hollywood weight and talent of Brad Pitt and Michelle Pfeiffer couldn’t save this 2003 Dreamworks animated movie from drowning.

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas wasn’t received too poorly. In fact, it did garnish some positive comments but audiences weren’t interested in old-fashioned cartoons after the massive ripples caused by Pixar’s Finding Nemo, released just months previously.

As a result, Dreamworks Animation almost sank without trace. The company abandoned traditional hand-drawn films and sought safe harbour in computer-generated animation; their next offering was Shrek 2 and the Madagascar franchise began soon after.

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