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Crisp animation, narration from Matt Damon and songs by Bryan Adams enhance this charming cartoon Western for the younger set. In the late 19th century, a feisty stallion named Spirit is held captive by a cruel colonel. But Spirit manages to escape, and he befriends a Native American youth and a lovely mare named Rain. The voice cast includes James Cromwell and Daniel Studi.
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Spirit Untamed review – family animation is tamer than a sedated bunny
This sequel to the 2002 film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron may please very young children, but it is a much lesser beast
T he 2002 family animation Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron told the tale of a noble stallion’s battle to stay free in the 19th-century old west. Now comes a sequel in which the truly wild creature is not a horse but a 12-year-old girl with a stubborn streak. She is Lucky (voiced by Isabela Merced), whom little kids may recognise from the Netflix spin-off series. This film is a sort-of origin story to the show, an account of how Lucky and Spirit the stallion meet. It’s a sweet, undemanding film that, despite the title, is tamer than a sedated bunny. That said, the four-year-old I watched with spontaneously yelped “this is the best!” 20 minutes in. So really, what do I know?
Lucky is travelling on a train when she first claps eyes on Spirit galloping across the prairie with his herd. After years living with her grandpa – and wreaking havoc on his plans to become governor, with her unladylike ways – Lucky is travelling out west to live with her widowed dad, Jim (Jake Gyllenhaal), who runs the family railroad business. She spies Spirit again in the town’s corral, captured by a vicious wrangler who is attempting to break him. Where the wrangler fails with brute force, Lucky succeeds with a good heart and a bucket of apples.
Some of the best scenes are with Lucky and her two new pals, Abigail (Mckenna Grace) and Prue (Marsai Martin), careening down canyons and leaping across mountain ridges to save Spirit and his herd from being transported north. The girl-power message works fine, but the original movie’s lesson about wildness being the true nature of animals is gone. Spirit here is a reduced beast, much less distinctive. When the first film came out, it was noted that Spirit lacked the anatomical necessaries of a stallion. With this sequel, he is deprived even of the Matt Damon-voiced interior monologue. Still, at least this time around there are no Bryan Adams power ballads.
Spirit Untamed is released on 30 July in cinemas.
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Who better to soundtrack an animated epic about a runaway stallion than Bryan Adams? On “Here I Am,” his vocals ache and then soar over a cantering rhythm and galloping guitar. “Get Off My Back” mixes ’80s rock thump with gleaming pop production, while dreamy orchestration glows on “Brothers Under the Sun,” a hymn-like tale of togetherness colored with brooding and billowing strings.
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Opening scene. A brief introduction featuring an eagle and the mustang's homeland
Spirit is born and grows up
This Is Where I Belong
Spirit is shown as a leader of the herd
You Can't Take Me
Spirit is captured and taken to a US cavalry post
Get Off My Back
Spirit is not easily tamed and manages to outwit all who attempt to ride him
After a failed attempt at mounting the mustang, Little Creek ties him and Rain together
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Spirit and some other Indian horses are put on a train and taken to work. Spirit misses his herd
I Will Always Return
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Personality [ ].
Spirit is very courageous and free; he has a fiery spirit that he never allows to be tamed, though he is able to balance this with his affections for his love interest, the paint horse Rain.
He is confident, charming, and caring. Spirit is handsome and he knows it, but his signature charm is endearing rather than arrogant. He is driven by his selflessness and empathy, especially when it comes to The Colonel . Spirit is honest and vulnerable, and never fails to say what’s on his mind.
Physical Appearance [ ]
Spirit is a muscular horse with a color yellow with a black mane, a dark brown muzzle, legs black,yellow hooves, a black tail, and brown eyes.
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Spirit: stallion of the cimarron [ ], colt spirit [ ].
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Spirit fighting off the Mountain Lion
Spirit after being captured by the wranglers
Spirit and Little Creek fleeing from wranglers
Spirit leading his heard after their reunion
- Spirit isn't actually named Spirit until Little Creek calls him 'Spirit Who Could Not Be Broken'.
- Although Spirit doesn't speak on-screen, first person narration resembling him is provided by Matt Damon.
- He makes a cameo on the movie screen in the 2021 film "The Boss Baby: Family Business".
- The story that I want to tell you cannot be found in a book.
- They say that the history of the west was written from the saddle of a horse, but it's never been told from the heart of one. Not till now.
- I was born here, in this place that would come to be called the Old West. But, to my kind, the land was ageless. It had no beginning and no end, no boundary between earth and sky.
- Like the wind and the buffalo, we belonged here, we would always belong here.
- They say the mustang is the spirit of the West.
- Whether that west was won or lost in the end, you'll have to decide for yourself, but the story I want to tell you is true. I was there and I remember.
- I remember the sun, the sky, and the wind calling my name in a time when wild horses ran free.
- "I'll never forget the sound and the feeling of running together. The hoof beats were many, but our hearts were one."
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4 Facts About Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron You Probably Didn’t Know
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It’s been 19 years since the release of Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron , but this horse film has become a classic. It tells the story of the wild Mustangs of the American West from a horse’s perspective.
Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron was a groundbreaking movie in several different ways. Famous critic Roger Ebert commended the movie on its clean plotline.
Unlike many animations, Spirit doesn’t feature a horse-shaped human. In the Spirit movie, the horses, unlike in many children’s movies, act and feel like horses.
Uncluttered by comic supporting characters and cute sidekicks, Spirit is more pure and direct than most of the stories we see in animation–a fable I suspect younger viewers will strongly identify with. — Roger Ebert review
Though nominated for Best Animated Feature of 2002, Spirit lost to Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away . It was a modest success, ranking 4th in the opening weekend. Still, even 18 years later, it has a strong audience.
Since the film, Netflix released a series in 2017 based on the movie, named Spirit: Riding Free . The TV series follows Spirit, a son of the original movie’s stallion, and Lucky, a human girl who befriends him.
In June 2021, a spin-off of the original Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron was released, titled Spirit Untamed . The movie is based on the TV series Spirit: Riding Free and follows the same protagonist named Lucky.
After moving to the small frotier town of Miradero where the original movie is set, Lucky bonds with a wild dun stallion called Spirit.
Spirit is based on a real horse
Movies about animals often “humanize” them, so they are more relatable. Sometimes this is giving them clear human-like features. Other times it’s, well, talking animals. As the horses do not speak, it was important to make them realistic.
To make sure the animators had a good grasp on how a horse acts, DreamWorks Pictures went and bought one.
Donner, a Kiger Mustang stallion, served as a model to the animators. They studied the Donner’s behavior and mannerisms to learn how horses work.
Spirit is the only horse in the movie who has a real-world version. But unlike his animated self, Donner was a domestic horse: he was born on a ranch in Bend, Oregon.
After his stint in business, Donner became an ambassador for Kiger Mustangs everywhere. The 26-year-old star currently lives at the Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation Centre , where you can visit him!
The first draft of the Spirit movie had dialogue
In producer Jeffrey Katzenberg’s vision, it was important that the horses didn’t speak. While there is narration, the horses in the Spirit movie only use body language and whinnies. This is rare in children’s movies. Katzenberg believed that if the horses talked, it would take away from the realism he wanted.
But this decision only came after screenwriter John Fusco’s first script. The original version was useful to storyboard, as it provided guides to the art.
After the storyboarding, Katzenberg requested a dialogue-free version of the script. This is because he wanted Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron to be a serious film, and dialogue would weaken the ideas.
Some of the dialogue later became the narration, voiced in the original version by Matt Damon.
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Rain is a registered Paint Horse
As we’ve said above, Spirit is the only horse in the movie to have a direct real-world version. This didn’t stop the APHA from registering Rain as a real-world horse. Yes, Spirit’s delightful love interest is now a registered Paint Horse
One version of the certificate is now in DreamWorks’ headquarters.
The American Paint Horse Association felt that Rain represented the breed to perfection. In their own words:
“Although she may only be an animated version of a horse, in her own way, Rain has exemplified the breed standards people have come to recognize in a Paint Horse.” –APHA Executive Secretary, Jim Kelley.
She is the first animated horse to have a real-world registry.
Cimarron Means “wild, untamed” in Spanish
While there are several places named “Cimarron” out there, Spirit isn’t set in any one place. The landscapes of the movie come from different places.
These include Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, as well as others. So what exactly is a cimarron ? Well, it’s a wild horse… in Spanish .
The Mustang isn’t exactly a wild horse (though it might as well be, after so long in the wild). Instead, it’s a feral breed, one that emerged from different domestic horses. There are several such breeds out there, but Mustangs are particularly iconic.
This popular breed comes mainly from Spanish stock. Other breeds had influence but at the time the movie was set, they were just cimarrones — wild, untamed horses.
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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron FAQs
Who is the black horse in spirit: stallion of the cimarron.
The black horse in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is Spirit’s dad, named Strider. He doesn’t actually appear in the movie, as he died before the storyline begins.
Spirit briefly mentions him when he grows up and takes over as the leader of the herd.
Who is Rain’s Mum in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron?
Rain’s mother in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is brown and white paint Mustang named Sierra. She used to run wild before Little Creek’s tribe tamed her. Rain’s grandmother Bonita was a pampered riding horse in Mexico before she escaped into the wild.
What Does Spirit’s Mom Look Like?
Spirit’s mom Esperanza is a beautiful palomino mare with a blonde mane and tail and a golden coat. She has a wide blaze on her head and a white muzzle, brown eyes, and four white socks.
Is Spirit a Boy or Girl Horse?
Spirit is a wild male Mustang stallion .
Where is Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron Set?
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is in a small fictional frontier town of Oregon called Miradero in the late 19th American west.
What Color is Spirit?
Spirit has a dun coat color. Dun horses have a black mane and tail, black lower legs, a dark muzzle, and a golden coat, just like Spirit. This coat color often comes with primitive markings such as a dark stripe down the back or zebra markings on the legs.
Who Plays the Voice of Spirit?
Matt Damon plays the voice of Spirit, a wild dun Kiger Mustang stallion living in the Wild West of the late 19th century. Robert Redford and Tom Hanks were also considered as narrators.
How Much Did Matt Damon Get Paid for Playing Spirit?
Matt Damon reportedly got paid $2.3m for being the voice of Spirit.
How Long was Spirit Away From His Herd?
Spirit was away from his herd for at least a few months. This is because the time of his capture was in the height of summer, while during his journey on the train it was already snowing.
Also, check out our other interesting horse movie and TV series guides .
A web designer, author and equine enthusiast from Brazil. I've loved horses since I was a small child. I was once accused of being part of some sort of weird horse cult due to the excessive amount of horse-related things in my house. Currently, I write for Horses of Myth (www.horsesofmyth.com) and Horsey Hooves.
Monday 22nd of February 2021
I love this movie so much. it's nice to have a movie where an animal is the main character that isn't humanized. I also love how even though there is not much dialogue it is still very emotional.
Thursday 14th of May 2020
I really enjoyed the movie, my granddaughter at the time watched it a lot. My only complaint is that horses do not lick water, they suck it up. thanks Cecile
Wednesday 15th of April 2020
Spirit is a beautiful movie that speaks for the wild horses. It's still my daughter's favorite movie and her two favorite colors of horses.
Monday 13th of April 2020
My 6 year old daughter watches this movie several times a week and the Netflix show daily. She runs around being Spirit and even got me to paint her room with Rain and Spirit on her wall.
Sunday 22nd of September 2019
Ok have a special feeling for Spirit as I had a palomino mustang who I dearly loved. I also lived close to Bend, Oregon. I saw several wild horses around that area.
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Release Date (Theaters): Aug 1, 2001 wide
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Runtime: 1h 28m
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As if The Captain cameo wasn't enough, fans of the original series were thrilled to see another beloved character make an appearance. In the finale of the show's first season, Robin Scherbatsky shows up to bestow some sage advice on Sophie.
After freaking out over Jesse telling her that he loves her, Sophie heads to the bar downstairs for some alone time, so she can collect her thoughts. Fans of the original show will surely instantly recognize the bar, as Sophie has coincidentally found herself in MacLaren's. While there, she runs into Robin, who she instantly recognizes as being the "girl on the news."
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The two hit it off and begin to talk and Sophie tells her all about her love life. Robin, completely understanding how Sophie feels, tells her that at the root of her problem is fear. She tells Sophie to not give in to this, as the only things Robin has ever regretted in life stem from instances wherein she hesitated to take the plunge out of fear.
However, things don't go as planned when Sophie goes back up to talk to Jesse only to see him kissing his ex Meredith. And it's moments like these that really harken back to the original show, as it really knew how to throw curveballs and twists that make for a more interesting story.
1 Okay Fine, It's Hurricane (Season 2, Episode 20)
One of the things that kept viewers tuning in episode after episode was the will-they-or-won't they shtick that the show leaned into in the best way possible. The spinoff series does this masterfully as they know how to toe the line when it comes to Sophie and Jessie. However, this all changes with the episode Okay Fine, It's Hurricane .
In the last episode of Season 2, a hurricane knocks out the electricity at the apartment. Given this, the group heads out to Pemberton's to wait out the bad weather. By the end of the episode, Jessie admits to Sophie that he hasn't really moved on yet. Consequently, Sophie also admits that she still has feelings for him but is scared that he'll end up breaking her heart. He reassures her that he won't, and jokes that she'll probably end up dumping him.
Like the ending of the first season of How I Met Your Mother , wherein Ted and Robin get together, Sophie and Jessie also end up taking the plunge and committing to a relationship. Future Sophie even chimes in and says that when it comes to love, sometimes you just have to jump in despite your fears and doubts. And at the end of the day, that's really what's at the core of How I Met Your Mother .
Murder! (Not Suicide): SurrealEstate S2 E3 Sneak Peek
Luke and Susan contact a particularly tormented spirit in this sneak peek of SurrealEstate Season 2, Episode 3: "The Butler Didn't."
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