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DreamWorks Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Blu-ray Review

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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Animated
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • ASIN: B00H5NY6FA

Feature films are more than just something to entertainment. They are tools that teach their viewers about times and the people who lived them. This weekend I watched G-rated Spirit, Stallion of the Cimaron on DVD. No wonder it received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Animated feature in its theatrical release. Five Stars for its artwork, treatment, voicing, musical score, voicing, and and scripting of American History.

Its traditional hand-drawn and computer generated backgrounds of Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Tetons, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, and Grand Canyon were stunning. One could feel the isolation of where wild stallions roamed free.

Events show the harsh reality of Native Americans pushed into reservation considered worthless wilderness. Stallion Spirit (voiced by renowned actor Matt Damon) reflectively tells his tale of birth, his place as wild mustang herd leader, his enemies both man and nature, the Indian Wars, the Transcontinental Railroad.

Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron is a story with minimal supporting cast dialogue. Its musical score echoes what is happening. Brian Adams rendition of songs like “Here I Am” show Spirit’s thinking, curiosity, exhaustion. Having the animals use sounds and body language rather than speech makes them more believable than anthropomorphic ones.

Reality cannot always be captured in a history book. The author’s choice of which slice of it he shows depends on the time, his knowledge, and his audience. DreamWorks paints an accurate picture of Nineteenth Century America’s West and leader like the Colonel who tried to break men like he did horses.

Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron is an ageless tale. Released online and at retailers nationwide May 13, 2014, it has an 83 minute running time. Its Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (SMRP $12.99) includes:

Disc One–

  • Filmmakers’ Commentary
  • Learn How to Draw Spirit with James Baxter
  • Animating Spirit
  • The Songs of Spirit of the Cimarron
  • Storyboards (with Optional Commentary)
  • International Star Talent

Disc Two–

  • Filmmakers’ Commentary
  • Learn How to Draw Spirit with James Baxter
  • Animating Spirit
  • The Songs of Spirit of the Cmarron
  • Storyboards (with Optional Commentary)
  • International Star Talent
  • DW Kids–Set Top Games; Favorite Scenes

11 thoughts on “DreamWorks Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Blu-ray Review

  1. I should totally buy this. We are going to Yellow Stone National Park in July. This would be a great movie for Brody to see before we go. Brody is 4 yrs old.

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