Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Lengthy story tangents make for laborious interactive story.

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

A mixed bag. On one hand, viewers see friends team up to rescue a horse that’s been stolen. On the other, they join forces with a local baddie and make some potentially dangerous choices to do so. Strong themes of friendship. 

Positive Role Models

Lucky and her friends demonstrate courage and determination in their efforts to rescue Mystery. Some new characters surprise with their true intentions and prove to be more than what initial impressions suggest.

Violence & Scariness

The girls get into some sticky situations in their quest to rescue Mystery. They’re kidnapped, blindfolded, and subjected to physical mistreatment like being pulled by an arm and pushed to the ground. One scene sees them fall through a floor into the basement of a house. Several scenes see them in peril at the hands of nefarious adults who also talk in menacing ways.

Sexy Stuff
Language

No cursing, but name-calling like “brats,” “lying sneak,” and “little rat,” plus “shut it” on a couple of occasions.

Consumerism

This holiday special is part of the Spirit Riding Free franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure is an interactive episode from the Spirit Riding Free series franchise. Viewers can help determine the characters’ choices at various points in the story by clicking on one of two or three options, and if the scene times out before a choice is made, a default one moves the story along. This story puts the young characters in some precarious situations where they’re threatened by villainous adults or by potential physical harm from accidents, but everything works out in the end. There also are recurring references to past incidents like kidnappings involving the main characters and their family members. Expect to hear name-calling like “lying sneak,” “brats,” and “little rat,” as well as several instances of an adult instructing a child to “shut it.” Fans of the show will want to check out this interactive episode, but know that some of the choices offered to viewers take the characters on lengthy adventures, so it can be a fairly involved process to participate in this episode.

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Kid, 10 years old April 30, 2021

Made my 6-year-old Sister CRY

Would NOT recommend to kids under Age 8, and it’s not even about age. It’s about it’s scariness. At first, it seamed fine at first, but then we came across an e... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byanactualhorse January 7, 2021

i wish there was a zero star rating option...

This show series ruined my life........ It literally takes parts out of the original movie and uses it in this show where the annoying girls who put saddles on... Continue reading

What's the story?

SPIRIT RIDING FREE: RIDE ALONG ADVENTURE opens as Maricela (voiced by Darcy Rose Byrnes) is planning a surprise birthday party for her beloved horse, Mystery. She asks Lucky (Amber Frank), Pru (Sydney Park), and Abigail (Bailey Gambertoglio) to take Mystery for a ride while she puts the last few touches on the festivities, but horse thieves swoop in and kidnap the horse while they’re out. As Lucky and her friends try to rescue Mystery, they’re faced with choices that viewers can help decide along the way. 

Is it any good?

Interactive episodes like this one are a fun way for fans to take part in the characters’ adventures, but their success depends on how well the story balances offering multiple directions with avoiding an endless maze of wrong turns and no end in sight. This Ride Along Adventure trends toward the latter, with lengthy spans of time between turning points and options that take viewers on tangents that feel like full-length episodes unto themselves. What starts out as an exciting mission eventually becomes an exercise in guessing which choice might lead to the exit most quickly. 

Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure also involves a fair amount of "realistic" (inasmuch as an animated show can) peril for the young characters. Anyone who knows Lucky and her friends understand they’re independent spirits who have the run of their frontier town and its wild surroundings, and this story brings them face to face with horse thieves, their manipulative incarcerated "mob boss" type, and a gaggle of ruffian kids who mostly do the grown-ups’ bidding out of fear for the repercussions if they don’t. It’s a fairly intense scenario that should factor into parents’ decision about letting their young kids watch and play along, but likely is OK for the show’s young tween fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the characters demonstrate perseverance in this story. What accounts for the courage Lucky and her friends show in the face of danger? Is it always easier to be brave when you have friends by your side? 

  • Are the villains in this story scary? What qualities about them seem realistic? How does the involvement of kids in their schemes change their effect? 

  • How effectively does this episode's interactive component work? Does playing a part in the story help keep you interested in it? When you get to the end, do you want to start over and make different choices to see where the story goes? 

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