that was one of my top most fav childhood movies i've ever watched,not only is it memorable,but also,watching it at that time (which was so many years ago) i learned a very good moral from the story,that not everyone is cut out to fit in the conventional ways of the human society/culture,some humans and animals are born to and meant to be wild and free,and nothing can change that wild nature but only love,respect and friendship.YOu should definitely watch it,its a great movie!
I just saw it today after I heard a review from Doug Walker aka Nostalgia Critic
It's one of my favorite animated films now. I like atmospheric films with simple yet effective story. The animals not talking is terrific, especially since there is no annoying sidekick characters like in Balto, sorry.
It's basically Bambi, but with cool chase scenes, a better developed main character and an explosion, basically a better film. well at least a better film to me.
It was one of those dreamworks films that was really trying to show off its supposedly superior animation. (I guess right before the 2d animation thing when bye bye?) The story's spread a little thin, and the music is kind of corny. I guess the overall message of being a free spirit that can't be broken by any circumstances is pretty cool, but it just comes off like its trying to be cool or something and kind of annoys me.
angelxxuanFeatured By OwnerJan 19, 2013Student General Artist
I didn't know about it for the longest, I got it as a free movie but I still felt undecided to watch it. until I had ran out of things to watch and I was like if I didn't like it I could just stop it. but I watched it and wondered why I didn't watch it earlier. the soundtrack is amazing too along with the movie. I'm a big time animation fan and there's really nothing I won't watch, once I get the time that is
It is one of the better hand-drawn animated films Dreamworks has done, their best one still being The Prince of Egypt. I just wish they would have made more; but since El Dorado flopped badly, they gave up on it practically convincing themselves that CGI is the only way forward (which is quite frankly true).
Anyways, I remember being OK-ish, but it isn't bad, just rather cheesy. But it has Matt Damon in it as the main character, so it works for me. It's just one of those movies I wouldn't watch as much I would others.
I saw it for the first time myself last week. I liked it.
The story is about a wild stallion that is separated from his group when he is captured by humans and the main focus is him trying to regain his freedom and get back to his family.
Yes, it is a cowboys and Indians sort of movie. It takes place some time during what I believe is the Manifest Destiny movement when setters were pushing west and taking over native land. So yeah, it is something that we've seen countless times. So yeah, big bad white man is the main antagonizing force in the movie. However the movie does keep the main focus where it should be -- the horse. There's not much of that "stop the white man" or "those poor Indians" type of stuff in it.
I have to strongly disagree with it being kiddish though. It doesn't talk down to you or try to hammer a message in -- it respects the intelligence of its viewers takes itself seriously. There are some humorous moments but it's very direct in its plot -- no comedic or cutesy characters. It sticks to being about the horse trying to gain his freedom and not be subjugated by man.
The story is told through the eyes of the horse via monologue. The only actual spoken dialogue comes from the human characters seen as the animals communicate with one another through gestures, expressions, etc.
I suppose I can understand why some people might see this as boring and I'm not sure if I would've liked it if I saw it when I was younger. I think it takes a certain degree of maturity to appreciate it that I think some little kids wouldn't have. However I liked the movie and I enjoyed seeing how it was building a relationship between the characters, which is mainly what the movie does.
There were cliche moments and probably jumping the shark here and there but I think that's to be expected. It does make the movie a tad predictable though. I also found the Bryan Adams songs to be repetitive and a tad annoying.
Actually there's tons of films released since then that are better. Spirit not even old enough to be considered part of a Golden Age anything. I have no clue why people are complaining about films now since they seem to be awesome, especially in the last year.
Eh, I saw it like 40 times when I was a kid. In my honest opinion, it's alright. I saw it again about a year ago, and I thought it was actually pretty good. Keep in mind that it's kind of kiddish, but there is a good story behind it