Spirit Riding Free

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Spirit Riding Free
Spirit Riding Free logo.svg
GenreAnimation
Adventure
Based onSpirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Developed byAury Wallington
Voices of
Theme music composerKari Kimmel[1]
Opening theme"Riding Free", performed by Maisy Stella
Ending theme"Riding Free" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)Joachim Horsley
James Allen Roberson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes72 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Aury Wallington
  • Jim Schumann[2] co-executive producer)
Running time23 minutes[3]
Production company(s)DreamWorks Animation Television[4]
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Netflix Streaming Services
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMay 5, 2017 (2017-05-05) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Spirit Riding Free is a computer-animated series, produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and distributed by Netflix, "based" on the 2002 Oscar-nominated traditionally animated film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.[5] The series was first released on Netflix on May 5, 2017.[3]

A feature film based on the series was announced to be in development and is scheduled for release on May 14, 2021.[6]

Plot[edit]

Set in small frontier town of Miradero, a 12-year-old girl[2] named Fortuna "Lucky" Esperanza Navarro Prescott, who had recently relocated from the city, encounters a wild kiger mustang named Spirit. The horse is caught by wranglers and brought to be "broken" in Miradero. Lucky immediately bonds with the stallion, and frees him. Lucky also meets two other girls, Prudence "Pru" Granger and Abigail Stone, who both own horses, Chica Linda, a talented and proud palomino, and Boomerang, a friendly and goofy pinto horse, respectively. They embark on everyday adventures across the land.

Cast[edit]

  • Amber Frank as Fortuna "Lucky" Esperanza Navarro Prescott. She is a very brave, kind, headstrong girl, and does not like the rules. She serves as the main protagonist.[2]
  • Sydney Park as Prudence "Pru" Granger. She is often the brains of the team, knowing something about everything, and is brave, like Lucky, and is nice at heart.[2]
  • Bailey Gambertoglio as Abigail Stone. She is the least rebellious, and is often portrayed as sweet and funny, but naive. She can still be smart and is courageous, like her friends.[2]
  • Darcy Rose Byrnes as Maricela Gutierrez. She is the spoiled daughter of the mayor of Miradero. Initially an adversary of Lucky, Pru and Abigail, she eventually becomes their friend.[2]
  • Nolan North as Jim Prescott, and his father James Prescott Sr. (2nd Voice)[2]
  • Kari Wahlgren as Aunt Cora Prescott[2] and Polly Prescott
  • Duncan Joiner as Snips Stone
  • Jeff Bennett as Mesteneros/Various
  • Andy Pessoa as Turo
  • Tiya Sircar as Kathryn "Kate" Flores-Prescott
  • Jonathan Craig Williams as Al Granger
  • Katey Sagal as Jane "Butch" LePray
  • Thomas Lennon as Rooster
  • Lucas Grabeel as Julian
  • Andy Aragon as Javier
  • James Patrick Stuart as Harlan Grayson
  • Victor Garber as James Prescott Sr. (1st Voice)

Production[edit]

The first season premiered on May 5, 2017.[3] The second season premiered on September 8, 2017.[7] The third season premiered on November 17, 2017.[8] The fourth season premiered on March 16, 2018.[9] The fifth season premiered on May 11, 2018.[10] The sixth season premiered on August 17, 2018.[11] The seventh season premiered on November 9, 2018.[citation needed] The eighth season premiered on April 5, 2019.[12] The ninth season is scheduled to premiere in late 2020.[6]

Crew[edit]

The voice director for the first three episodes was Ginny McSwain; Katie McWane took over as voice director subsequent to that.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
27September 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
37November 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
46March 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
57May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
66August 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)
77November 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
86April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
94October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)
SpecialDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
107April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
119September 4, 2020 (2020-09-04)

Webisodes and music videos[edit]

A number of webisodes and music videos have been released exclusively on the DreamWorksTV YouTube channel during the course of the series.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
-1"Magic Show"Jim SchumannRobert TaylorRick LacyAugust 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)
-2"Rainy Day"Jim SchumannRobert TaylorKennedy TarrellNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)
-3"Mustang Mail Part 1"Jim SchumannRobert TaylorRick LacyJanuary 16, 2018 (2018-01-16)
-4"Mustang Mail Part 2"Jim SchumannRobert TaylorRick LacyJanuary 23, 2018 (2018-01-23)
-5"The Circus Mystery, Pt. 1: Magical New Tricks"Joshua TabackRobert TaylorJean KangJuly 24, 2018 (2018-07-24)
-6"The Circus Mystery, Pt. 2: Kidnapping in Miradero"Joshua TabackRobert TaylorJean KangJuly 31, 2018 (2018-07-31)
-7"The Circus Mystery, Pt. 3: The Bandit Standoff"Joshua TabackRobert TaylorJean KangAugust 7, 2018 (2018-08-07)
-8"Adventure Music Video"---September 23, 2018 (2018-09-23)
-9"The Grooming Wagon, Pt. 1: Horse Cleaning Calamity"---January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)
-10"The Grooming Wagon, Pt. 2: Race Against the Clock"---January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)
-11"The Grooming Wagon, Pt. 3: A Soapy Success"---January 29, 2019 (2019-01-29)
-12"Fast Friends: Abigail & Boomerang Meet for the FIRST Time!"---July 16, 2019 (2019-07-16)
-13"Fast Friends: Pru & Chica Linda Meet for the FIRST Time!"---July 23, 2019 (2019-07-23)
-14"Fast Friends: Lucky & Spirit Meet for the FIRST Time!"---July 30, 2019 (2019-07-30)
-15"Unstoppable Music Video"---August 6, 2019 (2019-08-06)

Home media[edit]

Spirit Riding Free: Season 1–4, containing all of the episodes from seasons 1–4, was released on DVD on June 5, 2018 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. On September 24, 2019, Universal released Spirit Riding Free: Season 5–8, containing all of the episodes from seasons 5–8 on DVD. The series is also scheduled for DVD releases in the UK, France, Italy, and Germany.

Film adaptation[edit]

On October 7, 2019, DreamWorks Animation announced that a feature film based on the series was in development. Scheduled for a theatrical release on May 14, 2021, it will be produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by Universal Pictures.[13] The film will be directed by Elaine Bogan and co-directed by Ennio Torresan in their feature directorial debuts, and written by the creator of the series, Aury Wallington, and produced by Karen Foster.[13] The film will be produced on a lower budget and be made by a different animation studio outside of DreamWorks, similar to Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.[6]

Video game[edit]

5 December 2019 was released game for Android and iOS - Spirit Riding Free Trick Challenge.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nashid, Naureen (March 30, 2017). "Interview with Kari Kimmel". Teal Magazine. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Milligan, Mercedes (April 18, 2017). "Trailer: DreamWorks' 'Spirit Riding Free' Races to Netflix". Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Amidi, Amid (April 19, 2017). "TRAILER: 'Spirit Riding Free' Takes The Dreamworks Franchise In A New Direction". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  4. ^ McLean, Tom (April 30, 2017). "Perfect Match". Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Brian (June 16, 2016). "Netflix Readies Animated 'Spy Kids,' 'Llama Llama' Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 18, 2016. "Spirit Riding Free," from DreamWorks Animation, is inspired by the 2002 Oscar-nominated film "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron"...
  6. ^ a b c D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 7, 2019). "DreamWorks Animation & Universal To Release 'Spirit Riding Free' & 'The Bad Guys' In 2021". Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "DreamWorks' 'Spirit Riding Free' S2 Hoofs It to Netflix". Animationmagazine.net. August 23, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "Archive » Spirit Riding Free gallops into third season". Kidscreen. October 24, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  9. ^ https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/photo-gallery/44599592/image/44608732/Spirit-Riding-Free-Season-4
  10. ^ Haylock, Zoe (May 1, 2018). "Netflix's New Releases Coming in May 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Twitter announcement of Season 6
  12. ^ "Spirit Riding Free Season 8 Coming to Netflix in April 2019". What's on Netflix. March 12, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Milligan, Mercedes (October 7, 2019). "DreamWorks, Universal Slate 'Spirit Riding Free' & 'Bad Guys' for 2021". Animation Magazine. Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  14. ^ https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/spirit-riding-free-trick-challenge

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