Spirit: Riding Free
Spirit Riding Free is a computer-animated series produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and distributed by Netflix, based on the 2002 Oscar-nominated traditionally-animated film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Despite being well-received by critics and audiences, the series was panned by fans of the 2002 film. The series was first released on Netflix on May 5, 2017.
Set during the 19th century in the small frontier town of Miradero, a 12-year-old girl named Lucky, who had recently relocated from the city, encounters a wild kiger mustang named Spirit. Offspring of Spirit and Rain from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the horse is caught by wranglers and brought to be "broken" in Miradero. Lucky gradually bonds with the stallion, and frees him. Lucky also meets two other girls, Pru and Abigail, who both own horses, Chica Linda, a palomino, and Boomerang, a pinto horse, respectively. They embark on everyday adventures across the land.
- It focuses too much on the human characters and not enough on the horse characters.
- It dumbs down the original Spirit.
- The CGI animation with cel-shading is pretty lackluster at best, especially when compared to the film it is based on.
- Abysmal and awful writing.
- The Spirit's design in this series is an near exact copy of the original Spirit.
- It has almost nothing to do with the original movie.
- Bad voice acting.
- Some of the character designs are mediocre.
- The main character, Lucky Prescott can be seen as a Karma Houdini whereas her friends are Mary-Sues.
- Neither any of the characters from the 2002 movie itself (except Spirit) has appeared in this show.
- Spirit no longer talks like how he was in the movie because Matt Damon never reprises his role as that character.
- Some of the concepts can be good, but they get wasted due to the poor writing.
- At least it's nice to see Spirit back.
- This show has a catchy intro.
- It stays faithful to the source of material of the movie.
- The animation in the upcoming movie, Spirit: Untamed will hopefully be an improvement over the series.
- A movie based on the show is set for release in theaters on June 4, 2021.