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A lavish animated manufacturing exploring America’s nice vistas, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON was delivered to the display screen by producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, an AFI honorary diploma recipient.

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 Trivia About SPIRIT

DID YOU KNOW? SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON marked the characteristic directorial debuts of Kelly Asbury and Lorna Prepare dinner. The 2 had beforehand labored collectively at Walt Disney Studios on animated movies together with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

DID YOU KNOW? Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg got here up with the unique concept for SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON across the similar time he departed from Walt Disney Studios to begin DreamWorks Animation. Screenwriter John Fusco, who first discovered in regards to the challenge from Steven Spielberg, spent over 4 years finishing the script, and it took 4 years past that for the movie to be made.

DID YOU KNOW? Robert Redford and singer Bryan Adams have been thought-about for the voice-over position of Spirit, however DreamWorks has mentioned that Matt Damon was all the time the primary selection. Adams was chosen to jot down the tune lyrics and carry out the soundtrack.

DID YOU KNOW? SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON was the primary DreamWorks animated characteristic shot in Cinemascope, offering a bigger side ratio for the artists to create the large Western panorama. The animators additionally used Maya software program on the Linux platform as an alternative of Microsoft to scale back manufacturing prices.

DID YOU KNOW? SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON was made on a finances of $80 million and earned $122.6 million in field workplace grosses.

DID YOU KNOW? In 2017, Netflix launched a computer-animated tv model of SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON titled SPIRIT RIDING FREE, which is being tailored right into a characteristic movie by Common Photos and is at the moment scheduled for launch in June 2021.

DID YOU KNOW? SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON was honored with an OscarÒ nomination for Greatest Animated Function however misplaced to a different “spirit” movie – Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY

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The film doesn’t finish on the credit: Household-friendly Dialogue Questions

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-Not like most animated movies of its time, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON doesn’t depict animals talking and as an alternative shares their ideas in voice-over narration. Whereas producer Jeffrey Katzenberg acknowledged that speaking animals have been by no means tried as a result of it made the film “undramatic,” screenwriter John Fusco reported that the change got here two years after he began writing the script with dialogue for the horses. Do you assume the movie is simpler as a result of the animals don’t communicate? How would talking horses change the film?

-What’s your opinion on how the story depicts Native Individuals and the white settlers who’re shifting West?

-Describe the friendship between Spirit and Little Creek. How do the 2 assist one another overcome adversity, and what sacrifices are required to convey them collectively?

-Do you assume Spirit stays wild all through the film? Why should he compromise his freedom to search out love and friendship? How is being tamed related to each punishment and with privilege?

-Had been you conscious of the Indian Wars earlier than seeing SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON? What do you consider this chapter in American historical past? What have been the prices and advantages of the West being overtaken by white settlers?

-How would you price SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON?

 

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