Following on from Spirit, which originally featured in 2002, we have a new adventure. The film introduces Lucky Prescott (voiced by Isabela Merced), who is still dealing with the tragic loss of her mother when she was just a young girl. After an incident while staying with her grandparents, Lucky’s life changes forever when she moves back home to a small town to live with her father.
While attempting to settle in, Lucky meets a wild Mustang named Spirit and is determined to connect with the horse and hopefully ride it. While successfully developing a connection with Spirit, Lucky discovers how Spirit was captured by a ruthless wrangler who desires to capture more horses. Lucky will follow in the same footsteps as her mother and set out on a whole new journey for herself.
You’ll generally know what to expect if you’ve seen the previous film. The good news is that even if you are unfamiliar with the first instalment, viewers can jump straight into the film as there are no returning characters other than Spirit, the horse.
While the animation, for the most part, is pleasing, it’s also nothing new. The animation is filled with great colours and sharpness, just like many other films released by Dreamworks. At times, though, it can feel somewhat basic, especially regarding background characters and expressions on characters’ faces.
Spirit Untamed is aimed at a much younger audience and contains positive messages perfect for families. The plot is simple, and the runtime is also super quick. The voice work is a positive aspect of the film, including Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal and my favourite, Walton Goggins, who voiced the film’s villain.
Overall, Spirit Untamed is a sequel that is perfect for younger audiences. Dreamworks once again delivers a film that is filled with positive messages and bright animation. Voice work here is a positive aspect of the film, and the plot is rather simple and basic, with a fast runtime. An adult audience member may find this type of film a bit more challenging to sit through, but young kids will certainly adore this new adventure film.