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YMMV: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

  • Inferred Holocaust: Spirit returns to his herd, but history says guys like the Colonel eventually won. Today, the prairies are mostly farmland, and wild horses are rounded up by the herdful to make room for this. Not to mention that there was a railroad line scheduled to run across Spirit's homeland, and they certainly wouldn't abandon a project of this scale just because of two exploded locomotives, which means that sooner or later his herd would have to deal with trains passing by all the time.
  • Misaimed Marketing: A figurine of Spirit, Rain, and their foal came with a description of the Bureau of Land Management's annual mustang roundups and the importance of "adopting" a wild mustang. Not only does this run counterproductive to the film's message, but the BLM's roundups routinely result in dead horses.
  • Narm: The bored-as-hell narration from Matt Damon, though some folks found it appropriately quiet and understated.
    • The entire scene with Rain lying injured beside the river. You have Spirit's dramatic whinnying, the face he makes when they hear the soldiers coming, and the fact that Rain looks pregnant.
  • Somewhere, an Equestrian Is Crying: A stallion is never the leader of a herd; a mare is. Stallions guard the back.
    • That Spirit survives the movie at all is a small miracle. Mustangs are hardy, but not that hardy.
    • The horse handling. When Spirit first comes to the Army fort, and they attempt to break him. the way they tied him down to brand him was inaccurate and hazardous. Even in the old West people were wise enough to not mount a completely wild horse with full tack, in a large rectangular arena.The way Spirit juggled them, most of the riders should have broken bones, if not necks and skulls. Not to mention the first thing an actual regiment would have done to a mount prospect: Geld him.
      • The Native American version of breaking him to ride was a lot more like methods of Western-style breaking in use today, although nothing like the way Plains Native Americans trained horses, so the creators clearly had some idea what was correct and probably did it the other way make the soldiers look like jerks and morons. (If that was what they were after, it worked.)
    • A mild example, but still noticable: when Spirit frees the other train horses he does this by kicking one chain off with three kicks of his hind legs and the other with two kicks of his forelegs. Realistically his hind leg kicks should have broken the chain off faster as horses have twice the power in their hind legs as they do in their forelegs.
  • Uncanny Valley: The weirdly intelligent horses with eyebrows drop some viewers into it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Horses are traditionally considered one of the hardest animals to animate, and the animators got them down beautifully.
  • The Woobie: The wrangler's horse that first urges Spirit run. He only appears briefly, but his guilt and anguish when Spirit is captured are extremely palpable. It's clear there's a very sad story there.