The mustang stallion Spirit grows up to proudly succeed his father as leader of the Cimarron herd in the unspoiled Wild West. When 'civilization' reaches Dakota territory, naive curiosity gets him caught by cowboys and sold to the US Cavalry. Its method of training by breaking a horse fails utterly on him. Just when the colonel intends to shoot Spirit, the equally indomitable captured young Lakota brave, Little Creek, escapes on his back. He also tricks him to a coral with his beloved mare, but shows respect and wins some trust. As the railroad arrives, the Indian village is wrecked and Spirit gets captured for use as a draft-horse. When the stallion realizes this project threatens his whole world, he escapes and unleashes the fury of a force of nature, ultimately teaming up with Little Creek. Written by
The opening scene - nicknamed the Homeland Pan by the filmmakers - took over nine months to design. It had a total of 700 background elements and averaged 30 layers of artwork for each frame. See more »
After Spirit has fought the cougar and the herd runs over to meet him, there are trees in the background. There is then a close up of Spirit and Esperanza (his mother) and a shot of the foal. Yet when the camera zooms out to show the whole group, the trees are gone. See more »
I couldn't believe it. One minute I was free and the next: More ropes.
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The horse is indeed a fine animal. Picturesque depictions of wild horses and their grace could never have been more majestic in an animation flick.
The animation is simply stupendous. The fine animation forms the backbone of the beauty that the horses embolden across the flick. More so when the stallion traverses diverse terrain, jumps across cliffs and braves waters.
Soundtrack too is very impressive. The wonderful instrumental music lures you to appreciate the movie.
"They say the story of the west was written from the saddle of a horse . " huh? Well ,The story of a fine horse sure was written from the saddle of the west .
All in all, this movie is clearly up there with the best .It is one of the best animation flicks i have watched. Would be a very fine choice on a lonely night. An easy 9/10.
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