When it comes to the best animated movies of all time, some Disney classics come to mind.But the movie that I personally think deserves more attention is Spirit: Cimarron Stallion.
Released in 2002 by DreamWorks, this film follows the spirit of a Kiger Mustang stallion captured by US cavalry during the American Indian War.
While in captivity, the spirit has broken his resolve and has restricted access to food and water for three days to make it easier to tame.
However, the colonel’s efforts to break the spirit are stopped by a Lakota native named Little Creek who frees the spirit and takes him back to the village.
Here the Spirit meets Rain, a horse who has bonded with Little Creek, and tells them what life would be like if they stayed together while Little Creek looked after them.
Even after the kindness shown to him by Little Creek and the affection he felt for Rain, the spirit refuses to be tamed. let
Unknown to the Spirit, the Colonel is attacking the village of Little Creek. Become.
What follows is a heartbreaking journey in which the Spirit is recaptured and once again tries to free himself so he can simply return home.
Now, in case anyone is looking to rewatch this masterpiece, I’m not going to spoil the rest, but know that it has a happy ending.
This movie came out 20 years ago, but the animation still lives on. The backgrounds are visually stunning and offer a deep nostalgia for the hand-drawn animation style that was common in the 2000s.
Additionally, unlike other animated films that depict animals in an anthropomorphic style, Spirit and other horses communicate with each other through sounds and body language, just like real horses.
It’s the point of difference that elevates this childhood film to something else. Emotions can be conveyed by listening to the spirit’s facial expressions and the slight differences between knickers and knees.
One of the best examples of this is watching Spirit go from Colt to Stallion. As a young horse, Spirit is full of pure, innocent joy — like the excitement of seeing a water buffalo for the first time.
As he ages, Spirit assumes leadership of the flock and responsibility for protecting them, but there are moments when his cocky side is still seen.
The relationship between Spirit and Rain is also something that unfolds later in the film. Not a single word comes from these characters, but we can still feel their deep love and connection to each other.
The ability to tell this beautiful story with minimal dialogue is Spirit: Cimarron Stallion Over the course of four years, it used a blend of traditional hand-drawn animation and computer animation.
Then we need to talk about the film’s soundtrack, composed by the legendary Hans Zimmer himself.
The movie’s opening theme song, “Here I Am,” still moves me to this day. Played at the birth of the spirit, it begins slowly and softly and builds strong.
Then there’s “Get Off of My Back,” which is full of punches, like when the Spirit was fighting the Colonel.
Combining animation and scripting, it’s not surprising spirit It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. But despite this, and all the work the staff put into its production, this incredible film still hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.
I have countless memories of seeing it as a child spirit — and even as an adult, it’s very comforting to watch. It is pure hearted, has a moving story, and is a reminder of the beauty and strength of animals, especially horses.
spirit My entire childhood and I personally think it’s one of the greatest animated movies of all time. Come on, let’s go see it again so we can cry together.