Picks and Pans Review: Spirit
The following review by Ginger, a retired circus pony who gives rides in our daycare center, was dictated using a code of hoof heats (for the alphabet) and neighs (punctuation).
The level of realism is very impressive in this cartoon about a wild mustang in the Old West. For once, the animals do not talk (and they don't have cute names). "Well," some humans may carp, "if this mustang can't speak, why are his thoughts narrated aloud by Matt Damon?" But this too is true to nature. All horses' internal voices sound just like Matt Damon's. On the other hoof, Bryan Adams's soft-rock ballads go down like nettles in a feed bag. Quadrupeds prefer vintage British pop. Lulu, for instance.
Still, let us not look a gift horse in the mouth. The animation is colorful and fluid, the many action scenes are both bold and neatly worked out, and the moral themes—-freedom, ecology—-are worthy without being laid on too thick.—-T.G. (G)
Bottom Line: Mane event