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Monday, May 1, 2017

Movie Monday: Spirit Riding Free

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these series episodes, free of charge,from MPRM Communications, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about the series,  all opinions are my own.

With homeschooling, we use a lot of different media in order to showcas history and its actions and results. Amazingly some cartoon movies, So get their historical facts right. One of the movies we used to illustrate how the Transcontinental Railroad was build was built was pirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. It quickly became a favorite and Miss Grace even foudn a small horse model that looks like Spirit to add to her collection.


So we were both thrilled to find out that the movie was the inspiration for a new cartoon series!
Ths month DreamWorks Animation’s newest original series Spirit Riding Free, available exclusively on Netflix premiers on Friday, May 5.  

Spirit Riding Free poster

The series, inspired by the Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, follows the heartfelt journey of a gutsy 12-year-old girl,named Luckym who befriends a wild mustang whom she aptly names Spirit (the same mustang from the film). With her two best friends (and their horses) by her side, Lucky and her friends explore a world filled with endless rides, magnificent horses and and never ending fun! Together they’ll push their own limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it truly means to be free. Check out the trailer:

Each episode of Spirit Riding Free will be filled with frontier adventures and fun -- from inclement weather like flash floods and blizzards, to human malfeasance from train robbers and banditos, to kid-centric capers like treasure hunts and secret sleepovers. And some stories will even be told from the horses’ point of view!

Even the most action-packed episodes will be grounded in the emotional realities of being a kid -- stories that will resonate with any kid, anywhere, in any era, whether they go to a one-room country school house or a mega modern high school; stories about fitting in, finding your place, figuring out who you are and who you want to be, and all the other weird, wonderful, alarming, and amazing parts of growing up.

Spirit Riding Free is a coming-of-age story for Lucky, but also, in a very different way, for Spirit. Over the course of the series, each will realize their truest selves. Lucky will learn she is far more than just a city girl with a wild streak, and Spirit will learn that his freedom is only as real as the choices he can make. Together Spirit and Lucky will illustrate both sides of the same theme: only by doing, can we truly become what we are meant to be.


We were able to check out the first 3 episodes, and Miss Grace is HOOKED! She LOVES it! It is the perfect blend of girls, horses and adventure. As a parent I was quite happy to see Lucky step up and take the blame for things she had done (as did her friends), to see how much empathy she had for a wild horse and how she took the lead on getting things done, when need be. Lucky isn't a kid who is ungrateful or snooty, she is a girl you want your daughter to like and one that she would WANT to be friends with! This is a series thta the whole family can enjoy together, and fall in love with!

spirit crafts banner

As a way to celebrate the new series, Netflix has some great activities and a friendship craft for your kids, their horse-loving friends and your family members to enjoy. Just click on the picture above to go to the site to download the packet of fun for your kids! It includes DIY “Friendship Frames”, DIY friendship bracelets, word searches, mazes and coloring pages of your kids' favorite Spirit Riding Free horses and riders. 

And be sure to tune in this Friday, and check out the new Spirit Riding Free  series!

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