A brutal commander tries to break him, but even starvation does not make him submit.Spirit escapes with an Indian boy named Little Creek and they grow to care for each other.
Parents should also know that there are some scary scenes and that the story may be hard for younger children to follow because the horse characters do not talk.
There are some lovely and powerful images of horses racing through endless stretches of grass, mountains, and rivers.
The scary scenes are very vivid, especially the fire and a railroad engine knocked off its tracks that comes tumbling downhill.
But the story moves slowly, especially during the dreary Bryan Adams songs.
Parents need to know that this movie may be too scary for younger kids.
The soldiers use guns and treat Spirit harshly, applying whips and spurs.
The blacksmith makes an unsuccessful attempt to brand him.
Characters are in peril and it appears that one has been killed. The Native American boy is portrayed as brave, compassionate, and honorable.
Some families may be concerned that all of the white males are portrayed as brutal and insensitive.
In this animated horse tale, Spirit is born (in a discreet G-rated scene) to a loving mare and grows up in a paradise of mountains and plains, with plenty to eat and drink and freedom to run as far as he can dream.
He becomes the leader of the pack of horses, and watches out for his group to keep them safe from predators.