Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Intense animated mustang tale has lots of peril, violence.

G 2002 83 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 51 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 5+

I Love This Movie!:

I absolutely loved this movie and I still do! In fact, I grew up on this movie! It’s a household classic with my family! Contrary to the reviews on this movie, as well as the information about this movie, this movie does does have a meaning! The meaning and purpose of this movie is to bring awareness to the treatment of horses in some of the places like the one Spirit was in, as well as how they may obtain the horses in the first place. As for the “violence,” “peril,” and “drinking and smoking,” this was a 2002 movie. Back then, it wasn’t a big deal to show drinks or smoking in cartoons- Gaston and his crew drinks beer in Beauty and the Beast! Same goes for Captain Hook and his crew! As for the violence and peril aspects of the movie, I’m sure I’ve seen equal, if not more, violence and peril in Disney movies alone growing up, not even counting Dreamworks and Blue Sky films! So is this movie okay for your child to watch? In my opinion, yes- absolutely! Have fun laughing, comfort each other when crying (it’s a tearjerker sometimes!), and, most importantly, reiterate the overall message and awareness this movie brings. It’s a lovely movie! I highly recommend this movie for all families to watch and enjoy!

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age 7+

The animation is definitely for horse lovers

An animated film that captures horses in a beautiful way. Damon's narration and Adams' songs do not land well with me and I would argue have not particularly aged well. Then of course there is the depiction of Native American culture from a non-Native perspective. The larger story of colonialism is portrayed through railroad expansion without any cultural context for the young minds that this film is intended for. Smart moves in not leaning on cutesy sidekicks and on making the horses speak, no need for it.

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