The 2002 Dreamworks animated feature “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” arrived on Blu-Ray today. “Spirit” was only Dreamworks’ sixth animated film,and was their only 2-D animated film to be nominated for a Best Feature Academy Award.
The animation is without question the film highlight. Created using a combination of hand-drawn and computer animation, (a technique the animators dubbed “tradigital”), the film’s vibrant colors pop. This new Blu-Ray shows off the animation as the creators intended, and the results are often exceptional. Unfortunately, the story is as rote as the visual design is inspired.
Spirit is a young mustang living in the American West in the 1800s. While wandering in the wilderness, Spirit is seized by the U.S. Calvary. Soon, the horse is befriending a member of the Lakota tribe and outwitting the soldiers, while also falling for a mare.
One noticeable aspect of the film is it forgoes the usual cast of celebrities in exchange for natural horse sounds, a technique that might have been more interesting if not for the endless narration by Matt Damon. The film’s also hampered by several saccharine songs from Bryan Adams.
One of Dreamworks’ more middling efforts,”Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” is a well-animated film for very young children and Bryan Adams completists. You can view images from "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” in the slideshow above. For the latest Blu-Ray news and reviews, subscribe to the Blu-Ray Examiner today.