The Young Black Stallion

  • Review Date: December 22, 2004
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 51 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Visually stunning 50 minute IMAX thumbs-up.
  • Review Date: December 22, 2004
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 51 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Neera is a strong, independent character.

Violence & scariness

Men with guns chase the black stallion and his mother and surround Neera's caravan. Men with guns chase the black stallion and his mother--and they take away the stallion's mother. Neera is forced to flee the caravan when men with guns surround the group

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A man smokes a pipe.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has minor violence (men with guns chase the horses and surround the caravan) and tense scenes (Neera loses consciousness and finds herself lost in the desert), which are magnified by the large IMAX screen and may seem more intense than they would on a normal screen. Some kids might be alarmed when the black stallion's mother is taken away and Neera is left alone in the desert--they might also wonder what happened to Neera's parents (she lives with her grandfather and there is only one passing reference to her mother).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

A prequel to The Black Stallion, this drama is set in 1946 North Africa. Young Neera (Biana Tamimi) gets separated from her family as they ride on camels to her grandfather's farm. Abandoned in the desert, she meets a gorgeous black colt who has also been separated from his mother. After she earns the skittish stallion's trust, they find their way back to Neera's grandfather's house. Unfortunately, Neera finds that her grandfather was forced to sell all of his horses in her absence. The only hope of getting them back is to enter an annual race in which the winner gets to take all of the horses that entered. Despite her grandfather's orders, Neera decides to tame the wild stallion and enter the competition.

Is it any good?


Kids who haven't seen The Black Stallion or The Black Stallion Returns are the best audience as this version borrows heavily from these movies (the main difference being that this time the main character is a girl). They are also less likely to be bothered by the wooden acting and clichéd villains.

But both kids and parents will be blown away by the gorgeous landscapes and the sensation that they are the ones riding bareback on a wild stallion. One eight-year-old viewer exclaimed that he "had to wipe his eyes when he watched the racing scene because he felt like there was dust and sand in his eyes." He and his class of squirmy second graders were captivated by the movie--they burst into spontaneous applause at the end. Of course, even they had some criticisms: they wanted to know how Neera and the stallion survived for several days without eating and why the black stallion and his mother ended up with Neera's family at the end instead of being returned to their life of freedom.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Neera felt the need to disobey her grandfather and enter the race.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 25, 2003
DVD release date:December 21, 2004
Cast:Biana Tamimi, Patrick Elias, Richard Romanus
Director:Simon Wincer
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Horses and farm animals
Run time:51 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe June 2, 2010
This is a beautiful movie with strong characters! The ybs is a breathtaking horse. Horse lovers will rejoice over this movie.
Kid, 11 years old October 3, 2009

great for all ages

I luv this movie it is very appropriate
Teen, 13 years old Written bynatasha April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

This is a good movie and full of excitement


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