Stallion of the Cimarron Reviews
Here for the Digital Media FX 10 Star Review of Spirit
From Mainstream Press Reviews of Spirit: Stallion of the
McCarthy of Daily Variety - "...What Spirit
does possess that most other recent animated films do
not is a strong dose of emotion based on genuine peril.
There are moments that will upset some of the small fry,
but the upside is that this odyssey of a beautiful horse
going through the rigors of life creates a dramatic pull
that will grab many youthful viewers more accustomed to
simple prankish humor and jeopardy that can magically
be solved by superheroes..."
Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter - "...At
best, DreamWorks' attempt at an animated horse opera leads
to mixed results. Spirit, the mustang stallion at the
heart of the story, is magnificent to watch in action
-- and John Fusco's screenplay creates an implausible
amount of Western adventure in which to involve the horse.
But a horse, notoriously difficult to draw and animate,
makes an unexciting hero. Audiences aren't likely to identify
emotionally with this stolid animal the way they previously
have with dogs, cats, deer, a flying elephant, a lion
king or even a talking donkey..."
Aafmuth of the Palo Alto Weekly - "Astonishing
visuals highlight this simple, charming tale of a courageous
mustang stallion called Spirit...Break out the Kleenex.
Spirits story is stirring to the point of tears.
The spacious skies and amber waves of grain of the open
plains, the steadfast animal spirit that cant be
crushed, and the small steps of trust that develop between
man and beast are enormously affecting..."
Roeper of Ebert & Roeper - "...These horses
are so cute and expressive they make Bambi look
like a National Geographic documentary. But the animation
is bright and crisp. I particularly enjoyed the water
scenes... Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a
winner." (from the Ebert & Roeper Two Thumbs
Schwartz of The Cranky Critic - "It's all about
story, folks. It's got to be about story since producer
Jeffrey Katzenberg -- well on his way to earning the title
of most innovative idea-man in the animation world since
the almighty Walt -- put forth the challenge of creating
a story in which the main character (and nearly all of
the supporting characters) never say a word...the story,
once it gets rolling, is nothing short of a great one."
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