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** One of the Colonel's legs should have been broke when Spirit slammed them into the fence.

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** One of the The Colonel's legs should have been broke broken when Spirit slammed them into the fence.


* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Well, naturally. None of the human characters are aware of this. The directors even lampshade this in the commentary for the train sequence. In terms of amplified animal athleticism, Spirit leaps about fifty feet across a canyon, and without his front legs snapping like twigs upon landing, though he did wind up crashing.
* AmusingInjuries: One sequence involves Murphy, the man responsible for making new horses look presentable as horses of the U.S. Army, gaining a series of injuries as he works on Spirit. Spirit becomes increasingly tied up, and keeps finding new ways to hurt him. The other horses actually laugh at Murphy at the end.

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* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Well, naturally. None of the human characters are aware of this. The directors even lampshade this in the commentary for the train sequence. In terms of amplified animal athleticism, Spirit leaps about fifty feet across a canyon, and without his front legs snapping like twigs upon landing, though he did wind up crashing.
crashing upon making it to the other side, adding a small amount of believability.
* AmusingInjuries: One sequence involves Murphy, the man responsible for making new horses look presentable as horses of the U.S. Army, gaining a series of injuries as he works on Spirit. Spirit becomes increasingly tied up, and keeps finding new ways to hurt him. The Two of the other horses actually laugh 'laugh' at Murphy at the end.



* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: The Colonel's decision to keep Spirit tied for three days without food or water -- in the baking desert heat, no less -- is obviously not supposed to be pleasant for him. However, it can't be stressed enough how awful a decision this really was. Spirit could have very easily suffered organ damage or colic.

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* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: The Colonel's decision to keep Spirit tied for three days without food or water -- in the baking desert heat, no less -- is obviously not supposed to be pleasant for him. However, it can't be stressed enough how awful ''awful'' a decision this really was. Spirit could have very easily suffered organ damage or colic.



** The Colonel's legs should have broke when Spirit slammed them into the fence.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The Colonel proves to do a better job at trying to tame Spirit than all his men combined and would have successfully broken him if Spirit didn't get a heroic second wind.

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** The One of the Colonel's legs should have been broke when Spirit slammed them into the fence.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The Colonel proves to do a better job at trying to tame Spirit than all ''all his men combined combined'' and would have successfully broken him if Spirit didn't get a heroic second wind.



** The first guy is clearly shaping his mouth [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar as if he were about to say "Fu*k".]]

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** The first guy is clearly shaping his mouth [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar as if he were about to say "Fu*k"."F**k".]]



* GreaterScopeVillain: The US Government have this role, as the actual villains are the US Military. Though they are never seen, the actual Big Bad, The Colonel comments that there are those among the US government who doubt that the West can be settled. Given that the US army is a long way from Washington, there are obviously those in Washington who disagree, so it's a rare case of where a Greater Scope Evil is at odds with itself. It might be safer to say that the ACTUAL greater scope villains are the government members who endorse the Colonels campaign and actions.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: The US Government have this role, as the actual villains are the US Military. Though they are never seen, the actual Big Bad, The Colonel comments that there are those among the US government who doubt that the West can be settled. Given that the US army is a long way from Washington, there are obviously those in Washington who disagree, so it's a rare case of where a Greater Scope Evil is at odds with itself. It might be safer to say that the ACTUAL greater scope villains are the government members who endorse the Colonels Colonel's campaign and actions.


* CleanPrettyChildbirth: We see Esperanza having contractions, followed by baby Spirit coming into view clean and neat.

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* CleanPrettyChildbirth: We see Esperanza having contractions, followed by baby Spirit coming into view clean slipping out of her, slick and shiny but much cleaner than a real life newborn would be. The next time the camera cuts back to him, he's dry and neat.


* ConspicuousCGI: Shows up quite a bit, actually -- the film was intended to be an about even blend of CGI and traditional animation. [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome Sometimes it meshes well]] (Just ''try'' to spot, in the scene where Spirit's on a hill overlooking the herd, the moments in which he changes from a CGI render to a drawing and back to a CGI render) and sometimes it... doesn't. The locomotive in particular is pretty glaring. Even the early shot of the running herd is noticeable if you have a sharp eye and can tell hand-painted CelShading from the computer-automated kind.

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* ConspicuousCGI: Shows up quite a bit, actually -- the film was intended to be an about even blend of CGI and traditional animation. [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome Sometimes it meshes well]] well (Just ''try'' to spot, in the scene where Spirit's on a hill overlooking the herd, the moments in which he changes from a CGI render to a drawing and back to a CGI render) and sometimes it... doesn't. The locomotive in particular is pretty glaring. Even the early shot of the running herd is noticeable if you have a sharp eye and can tell hand-painted CelShading from the computer-automated kind.


Compare Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', which has had many of the same criticisms leveled against it and was originally going to have the same format -- a narrator, and lots of music, but no talking animals.

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Compare Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaur}}'', which has had many of the same criticisms leveled against it and was originally going to have the same format -- a narrator, and lots of music, but no talking animals.



* CartoonyEyes: Although the horses are otherwise anatomically sound, the human-like eyebrows get distracting after a while in the same manner as [[Disney/{{Dinosaur}} Aladar's beak-lips]]. Also, generally speaking, to have that visibly white scleras, the horses would all have to carry certain spotting genetics which they don't show any sign of.

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* CartoonyEyes: Although the horses are otherwise anatomically sound, the human-like eyebrows get distracting after a while in the same manner as [[Disney/{{Dinosaur}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaur}} Aladar's beak-lips]]. Also, generally speaking, to have that visibly white scleras, the horses would all have to carry certain spotting genetics which they don't show any sign of.


** Horses are not indigenous to the Americas. Then again, it's not like Spirit is likely to know that: as far as he knows, his kind have been wild for countless generations. Actually, horses did live in North America. They went extinct there about 8000 years ago. The ancestors of Spirit were re-introduced from Europe.

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** Horses While horses are not technically indigenous to the Americas.North America, they went extinct there thousands of years ago and Spirit's ancestors were re-introduced by Europeans. Then again, it's not like Spirit is likely to know that: as far as he knows, his kind have been wild for countless generations. Actually, horses did live in North America. They went extinct there about 8000 years ago. The ancestors of Spirit were re-introduced from Europe.


* LuckyTranslation: In the Norwegian dub, Spirit monologuing ''"Mares..."'' after Rain "scolds" him becomes a DoubleEntendre, as the Norwegian word for "mare" is also a rude name for women, basically the equivalent of "bitch". Spirit in the Norwegian dub thus monologues ''"Mare!"''

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* LuckyTranslation: In the Norwegian dub, Spirit monologuing thinking ''"Mares..."'' after Rain "scolds" him becomes a DoubleEntendre, as the Norwegian word for "mare" is also a rude name for women, basically the equivalent of "bitch". Spirit in the Norwegian dub thus monologues thinks ''"Mare!"''

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* RealityEnsues: Zig-zagged with Spirit's leap for freedom. He makes an absolutely impossible jump across a canyon, though he at least crashes into the ground upon landing from the momentum.


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* RuleOfCool: Spirit's famous for jump for freedom at the end has him clearing a huge canyon in one leap.


* AccidentalKiss: [[{{Squick}} An interspecies example]] occurs early in the movie when a drunken wrangler is being mouth-examined by Spirit in his sleep, and mistakes him for a girl in his sleep. Spirit's about as squicked as anyone watching the scene.

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* AccidentalKiss: [[{{Squick}} An (accidental) interspecies example]] occurs early in the movie when a drunken wrangler is being mouth-examined by Spirit in his sleep, and mistakes him for a girl in his sleep. Spirit's about as squicked as anyone watching the scene.scene, as are the other two in-universe guys seeing this.

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* HandyFeet: Little Creek uses his toes to grab a knife.

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* OneBookAuthor: Little Creek is Daniel Studi's only major acting role.


** Horses are not indigenous to the Americas. Then again, it's not like Spirit is likely to know that: as far as he knows, his kind have been wild for countless generations.

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** Horses are not indigenous to the Americas. Then again, it's not like Spirit is likely to know that: as far as he knows, his kind have been wild for countless generations. Actually, horses did live in North America. They went extinct there about 8000 years ago. The ancestors of Spirit were re-introduced from Europe.


* BrokenAesop: The "preserving nature" aesop of the film kind of falls apart when you remember that ''horses are not native to the Americans''. It's kind of hard to get behind your main character's desire to roam free in the undisturbed wilderness when he's technically an invasive species and therefore a disturbance to said wilderness's natural state.


* ABoyAndHisX: Subverted in that Spirit never submits to becoming "Little Creek's" horse. However, Little Creek and Rain could be considered this.

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%% * ABoyAndHisX: Subverted in that Spirit never submits to becoming "Little Creek's" horse. However, Little Creek and Rain could be considered this. %% Add more context to describe their relationship and what effect it has on them. %%

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