My kids love going to the movies. Popcorn, big screens, and the perfect movie were how we celebrated quite a few summer vacations. While some of their movie choices were dubious, I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed with this year’s selection. If you have young girls then there is a pretty good chance that they love horses and if you happened to be a young girl in the early 2000s then there is a pretty good chance that you’ll recognize the Spirit franchise. As a rabid horse girl, I loved Spirit and I watched the original with both of my girls pretty much as soon as they could comprehend what a movie was. I’m absolutely ecstatic that I got to continue the adventure and share Spirit Untamed with them this summer! Horses, great music, beautiful lessons about friendship and trust? What could possibly be better? If you have young kids this is an adventure worth taking.
Spirit Untamed, Start The Summer Off With Some Fun!
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I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to prescreen this movie with the kids and the movie did not disappoint. For those with fond memories of the original, you might tear up a few times at the various nods towards the beloved older film, small things that bring to mind nostalgic memories while also providing a new fun, and thrilling adventure. My oldest daughter was more than pleased with these reminders and my youngest just loved the story in general. It was a pretty big hit in our household and I imagine we will be buying it to add to our movie collection when it’s released on video. If I am being honest I wasn’t sure how much I would like this film. we all have series and franchises that are close to our hearts for various reasons and Spirit happens to be one of mine. Sometimes when you love something that much as fan sequels and prequels can be challenging but Spirit Untamed, while different, was enjoyable and far better than I imagined it would be. It kept the ‘spirit’ of the show alive with a new cast of characters and hopefully, will allow a whole new generation to fall in love with a certain cartoon horse just like I did.
And because it’s Summer and we could all use a bit of fun to keep the kids occupied here is an awesome activity pack and the movie trailer to get things started!
Spirit Untamed: Plot Summary
An epic adventure about a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse, Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in the beloved story from DreamWorks Animation.
Lucky Prescott (Isabela Merced, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) never really knew her late mother, Milagro Navarro (Eiza González, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), a fearless horse-riding stunt performer from Miradero, a small town on the edge of the wide-open frontier.
Like her mother, Lucky isn’t exactly a fan of rules and restrictions, which has caused her Aunt Cora (Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore) no small amount of worry. Lucky has grown up in an East Coast city under Cora’s watchful eye, but when Lucky presses her own luck with one too many risky escapades, Cora picks up stakes and moves them both back with Lucky’s father, Jim (Oscar® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal), in Miradero.
Lucky is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy little town. She has a change of heart when she meets Spirit, a wild Mustang who shares her independent streak and befriends two local horseback riders, Abigail Stone (Mckenna Grace, Captain Marvel) and Pru Granger (Marsai Martin, Little). Pru’s father, the stable owner Al Granger (Emmy winner Andre Braugher, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine), is the best friend of Lucky’s father.
When a heartless horse wrangler (Emmy nominee Walton Goggins, FX’s Justified) and his team plan to capture Spirit and his herd and auction them off to a life of captivity and hard labor, Lucky enlists her new friends and bravely embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to rescue the horse who has given her freedom and a sense of purpose and has helped Lucky discover a connection to her mother’s legacy and to her Mexican heritage that she never expected.
Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s beloved franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron and includes an Emmy-winning TV series. The film is directed by Elaine Bogan (Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia) and is produced by Karen Foster (co-producer, How to Train Your Dragon). The film’s co-director is Ennio Torresan (head of the story, The Boss Baby), and the film’s score is by composer Amie Doherty (Amazon’s Undone, DreamWorks Animation’s Marooned).
- Genre: Animated Adventure
- Cast: Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marsai Martin, Mckenna Grace, Walton Goggins, Andre Braugher, and Eiza González
- Director: Elaine Bogan
- Producer: Karen Foster