Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Review Thread

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by TheLongshot, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. TheLongshot

    TheLongshot Producer

    May 12, 2000
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    I just came back from a screening of "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron". I've been interested in this film since I'm a big animation fan and I'd like to see companies other than Disney succeed at it. While I do think Disney makes fine films, I'd like to see more variety in animated films in this country, and Disney has their own market.

    Spirit is about a stallion who grows up to be leader of his herd. Everything is great until he decides to investigate a group of humans. He then gets captured and goes on a journey that has him meeting soldiers and indians and a beautiful horse named Rain.

    First, the good parts. The horses do not talk, which is a nice touch. Most of the gestures are recognizable and there is usually no problem figuring out what is going on. Blanks are filled in with Matt Damon's narration. Pretty easy to follow. The animation, for the most part, is pretty nice. The CG is pretty obvious, but that's almost always true. The actors playing the humans (There were no credits, so I don't know who played what.) are pretty good for the most part, but there isn't much of them.

    The bad parts. Bryan Adams must die. By the end of the film, you will want to strangle him. It isn't that the songs are bad, but there are way too many of them. It is the same problem I had with "Road To El Dorado". I don't know why Dreamworks insists on making their animated films havens for has-been rock stars. It doesn't add anything and often distracts.

    There isn't a lot of variety with where Spirit goes. We keep going between soldiers and indians, like that was all that was in the west. It leaves a rather bland experience.

    Also, we have a horse here that sometimes acts too human for his own good. For example, he sees in the distance that there is a fire. You'd think a stallion would immediatly take his herd out of the area, since usually fire is a bad thing. No, this stallion is curious...

    This film had a lot of promise. Unfortunatly, it is rather bland. The kids might enjoy it, but it is rather wanting for adults.

  2. Terrell

    Terrell Producer

    Dec 11, 2001
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    OOPS! Review thread!
  3. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator

    Dec 9, 1998
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    Only an administrator can denote a particular thread as an official thread, if by chance you didn't designate this thread as an official one then I apoligize and will take it up with the rest of the administrators. Also, since this film's wide release is six weeks away, having an official review thread is a bit premature.

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