Spirit Riding Free

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Spirit Riding Free
Spirit Riding Free logo.svg
Genre
Based on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Voices of
Theme music composer Kari Kimmel[1]
Opening theme "Riding Free"
by Maisy Stella
Composer(s) Joachim Horsley
James Allen Roberson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 33 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Aury Wallington
Jim Schumann[2]
Running time 22 minutes[3]
Production company(s) DreamWorks Animation Television[4]
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Netflix Streaming Services
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release May 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]

Plot[edit]

Set during the 19th century in the small town of Miradero, a 12-year-old[2] girl named Lucky, who had recently relocated from the city, encounters a wild kiger mustang named Spirit. Offspring of Spirit and Rain from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the horse is caught by wranglers and brought to be "broken" in Miradero. Lucky gradually bonds with the stallion, and frees him. Lucky also meets two other girls, Pru and Abigail, who both own horses, Chica Linda, a palomino, and Boomerang, a pinto horse, respectively. They embark on everyday adventures across the land.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Six episodes of the first season premiered on May 5, 2017.[3] The series was renewed for a second season and it premiered on September 8, 2017.[6] The series was renewed for a third season and it premiered on November 17, 2017.[7] The series was renewed for a fourth season and it premiered on March 16, 2018.[8] A fifth season of the show was released on Netflix on May 11, 2018.[9] A sixth season, scheduled to debut August 17, 2018, was announced on DreamWorks' social media accounts on July 17, 2018.[10][11]

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]

Series overview[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)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
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season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
11"Lucky and the Unbreakable Spirit"Joshua TabackAury WallingtonStephanie ArnettMay 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
Newly arrived in the town of Miradero, city girl Lucky struggles to fit in at school but befriends a wild stallion after he is wrangled for taming.
22"Lucky and the Treacherous Trail"Joshua TabackAury WallingtonMarc Wasik & Kevin WottonMay 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
Headstrong Lucky persuades Pru to give her a crash course in horseback riding so she and Spirit can participate in the annual Saddle Club race.
33"Lucky and the Mysterious Map"Beth SlevenAury WallingtonJean Kang & Christina ManriqueMay 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
On her first camping trip, Lucky decides to decode her dad's old treasure map, then sneaks off with Abigail, Pru and Spirit to find the fortune.
44"Lucky and the Competition Conundrum"Joshua TabackKatherine NolfiMarc Wasik & Kevin WottonMay 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
Desperate to be Student of the Month, Lucky teams with Maricela to create a booth for a school fundraiser, pitting herself against Pru and Abigail.
55"Lucky and the Appaloosa Adventure"Beth SlevenRobert TaylorJean Kang & Christina ManriqueMay 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
As Lucky and saddle-maker Turo plot to help a horse neglected by his cruel owner, Lucky's dad works to fix a cracked dam before disaster strikes.
66"Lucky and the Not-So-Secret Surprise"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceNancy CohenKathryn Marusik & David Van TuyleMay 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
Determined to throw Pru the best surprise birthday party ever, Lucky enlists Abigail's help in planning the event, which quickly gets out of hand.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
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season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
71"Lucky and the Cowboy Next Door"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceLaura SreebnyKathryn Marusik & David VanTuyleSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Eager to follow in her mother's footsteps, Lucky gets lessons in trick riding from dashing young performer, Javier.
82"Lucky and the Pie P.I."Beth SlevenRobert TaylorJean Kang & Christina ManriqueSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
When Abigail's prize cherry pie goes missing, Lucky draws inspiration from her favorite book sleuth and plays detectives with her pals.
93"Lucky and Her Super Amazing and Fun Cousin Julian"Beth SlevenNancy CohenJean Kang & Christina ManriqueSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Lucky's visiting cousin, Julian, charms her friends with his exciting schemes, but Lucky believes he's up to no good.
104"Lucky and the Harvest Hunt"Joshua TabackLaura SreebnyMarc Wasik & Kevin WottonSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Lucky and her pals search for a scarecrow.
115"Lucky and the Christmas Spirit"Joshua TabackKatherine NolfiMarc Wasik & Kevin WottonSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Lucky and her friends send gifts to everyone in town during Christmas.
126"Lucky and the Deadly Blizzard"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceAury WallingtonKathryn Marusik & David VanTuyleSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Lucky and Maricela work together to get medicine from a broken train during a flu outbreak when a blizzard is coming.
137"Lucky and the Price of Freedom"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceAury WallingtonChristian Lignan & Kathryn MarusikSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Lucky pretends to be a man to enter a horse race to prove that women are good at riding horses. Though she wins, her identity is exposed and she is disqualified. The winner, Junipero's former owner, decides to get back at Lucky by capturing Spirit, a wild mustang, and shipping him to the auction house. Will Lucky ever see Spirit again?

Season 3 (2017)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
141"Lucky and the Long Way Home"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceNancy CohenGus Corrales, Liza Epps, Rianna Liu, Kathryn MarusikNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
While Lucky searches for Spirit, Spirit makes a difficult and distinctly unlucky journey home to Miradero. After being chased and repeatedly injured, he is encountered by Mixtli, a kindly Native American teenager who tends his wounds and lets him continue on his journey.
152"Lucky and the New Governor"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceLauren BradleyKathryn MarusikNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
With Aunt Cora's help, the PALs spruce up their formal affair etiquette for the upcoming Governor's Ball, but they worry for the health of a pregnant mare in Spirit's herd in the wild.
163"Lucky and the Risky Rescue"Beth SlevenLaura SreebnyJean Kang, Christina "Kiki" ManriqueNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
Having purchased the PALs' fishing hole with proceeds from the sale of Spirit, Harlan Grayson shoos the PALs and orders them never to return to his land. When Mixtli, the Tuckapaw teen who had helped tend Spirit's wounds, inadvertently trespasses and assaults Grayson, resulting in his jailing, the PALs must mount a rescue mission to spring Mixtli from the train to Pine Forks as Grayson and the Sheriff escort Mixtli back to his reservation.
174"Lucky and the Field Trip Fraud"Beth SlevenCandie Kelty LangdaleJean Kang, Christina "Kiki" ManriqueNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
Eager to interest her students in learning, schoolteacher Miss Flores organizes a fossil-dig field trip with her new beau, Jim Prescott. Unhappy about her father dating her teacher and annoyed with her classmates' taunts of being the "teacher's pet", Lucky schemes to get herself in trouble with Miss Flores. But when Lucky discovers that Miss Flores has planted the class's fossil finds, which are actually mere cow bones, Lucky and Miss Flores reach a detente.
185"Lucky and the Shaky Day"Beth SlevenKatherine NolfiJean Kang, Christina "Kiki" ManriqueNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
Feeling punished by her father, Lucky has unkind words for him as he leaves town on business, but when an earthquake and a series of aftershocks strike Miradero and destroy a vital railroad bridge, threatening her father's life, Lucky and her friends must find a way to save the train and avert disaster.
196"Lucky and the Golden Opportunity"Joshua TabackRobert TaylorMandy Clotworthy, Kevin WottonNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
The PALs think they've struck gold when they find a hole leading to an abandoned mine, and soon Cousin Julian is recruiting the children of Miradero as manual labor in a secret gold-mining operation. But when the young children get stuck in the mining hole and the stored mining haul collapses the hayloft in Mr. Granger's barn, the "gold" is revealed to be worthless pyrite.
207"Lucky and the Lion"Joshua TabackAury WallingtonRianna Liu, Marc Wasik, Kevin WottonNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
The PALs attempt to give horseback-riding lessons to an inexperienced and uncomfortable Aunt Cora, but are banned from riding themselves when it is learned that a dangerous mountain lion is ranging near Miradero. Aunt Cora introduces Lucky to the Prescott family quilt, but Lucky worries for Spirit, who is out in the wild with the mountain lion on the loose. Sneaking away from home, Lucky finds that Spirit has sustained injury in an attack, and the mountain lion threatens them both, until Aunt Cora rides to the rescue, not on a horse, but on the donkey Señor Carrots.

Season 4 (2018)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
211"Lucky and the Impatient Patient"Joshua TabackNancy Cohen & Robert TaylorMandy Clotworthy & Kevin WottonMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
Spirit is cooped up in Mr. Granger's barn as he heals from wounds sustained in a mountain lion attack, but Mr. Granger doesn't want Lucky cooped up with him for a week, and orders her out. She wins herself a job serving ice cream in Mr. Winthrop's general store while Winthrop is out with a bad back. Meanwhile, Maricela is troubled by her strained relationship with her family's cook, Turo cannot complete a class assignment owing to his fear of spiders, and Snips feels abandoned because of the indifference shown him by his donkey Señor Carrots. Lucky quickly finds herself overwhelmed serving ice cream and doling out mixed-up advice to Maricela and Turo. By the end of the week, Spirit has healed, and Lucky spends her wages on carrots to help reunite the bond between Snips and his donkey.
222"Lucky and the Train Tycoon"Joshua TabackRich BurnsMarc Wasik & Kevin WottonMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
Lucky's uptight railroad-baron grandfather arrives by train from the city to stay with the Prescotts in Miradero for Lucky's 13th birthday. At first, her grandfather thinks Lucky too young and incapable for the freedoms her father gives her on the frontier. But when Lucky and Spirit use quick thinking and teamwork to rescue Lucky's grandfather from sinking in salt flats, he realizes that Lucky has adapted well to frontier life—so much so that she may never again be suited to city life, college, and suitable marriage. Worried for her future, Lucky's grandfather orders she move back to the city, but Lucky's father takes a stand—Lucky will remain in Miradero. Lucky's grandfather leaves, but not before reproaching Aunt Cora. Feeling she has failed her duty to educate Lucky in refined comportment, Aunt Cora announces her intention to move out of the Prescott household and leave Miradero.
233"Lucky and the Role Reversal"Beth SlevenKatherine NolfiJean Kang & Christina "Kiki" ManriqueMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
Lucky and her father struggle to cope with home life without Aunt Cora, who has moved to the inn. They even build a housework machine to do some of the chores. Lucky wins the lead role in the school play, but without the help she needs at home, she fails to learn her lines and the production winds up a farcical catastrophe.
244"Lucky and the Patchwork Plan"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceLaura SreebnyLiza Epps & Kathryn MarusikMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
With help from Pru and Abigail, Lucky schemes to thwart Aunt Cora's plans to leave Miradero. At the last minute, even after Aunt Cora's train has departed town, Lucky persuades Aunt Cora to remain in Miradero, albeit not as a member of the Prescott household.
255"Lucky And Her New Family Part 1"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceAury WallingtonLiza Epps & Kathryn MarusikMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
El Circo Dos Grillos, the travelling circus to which Lucky's mother belonged, comes to Miradero, and Lucky begins to learn the amazing story of how her mother fled a forced marriage in Mexico to be taken in by the circus and its proprietors, Fito and Estrella. Meanwhile, the return of Jim's old circus friends and of the topic of Lucky's mother to the fore makes Miss Flores feels more distant than ever from Lucky and her father, and she contemplates leaving Miradero to take a summer position as a private tutor in the distant town of Lasso Flats.
266"Lucky And Her New Family Part 2"Beth SlevenAury WallingtonJean Kang & Christina "Kiki" ManriqueMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
In between the two Miradero performances by El Circo Dos Grillos, its star trick rider injures her ankle while heroically putting out a fire caused by Snips and Señor Carrots that threatened to consume the circus wagons. Lucky offers to fill in and thus to step into the role once held by her own mother. After perfecting her stunts with Spirit, including a jump through a ring of fire, Lucky's performance is a triumph, but she is devastated to learn that it was not witnessed by her father, who missed the show while proposing to the schoolteacher Miss Flores with fireworks and a romantic boat ride. Learning of the proposal, Lucky and Spirit run away from home to join the circus.

Season 5 (2018)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
271"Lucky and La Voltereta Feroz"Joshua TabackLaura SreebnyMarc Wasik & Kevin WottonMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
Lucky runs away from home to join El Circo Dos Grillos, and is soon joined by Abigail and Pru. Lucky tries to prove her worth as a working member of the circus, but her efforts to perfect a dangerous horseback backflip stunt (la voltereta feroz) are set back when her riding boots are doused too wet to perform in.
282"Lucky and the No-Good Outlaw Butch LePray"Joshua TabackRobert TaylorMarc Wasik & Kevin WottonMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
While traveling, El Circo Dos Grillos comes across Jane, a meek bespectacled victim of the frontier bandit Butch LePray. Ringmaster Fito tells Lucky, Pru, and Abigail of the legendary outlaw, whose face no one has even seen and lived to tell about it, and whom some say "is not even a man, just a shadow". Lucky has recurring nightmares that Butch gets the jump on her, so Lucky and her friends devise a warning signal—cans tied together—to alert them if Butch should happen to lurk while the circus is camped, but the only fiends they catch are Fito and Jane, who travels with the circus and becomes Lucky's confidant. During a performance of the circus, Lucky spots bandits making off with the circus's till, but when she confronts them, Jane betrays her and reveals that she is Butch LePray, and she will kidnap Lucky for ransom. Lucky uses her circus skills to escape her bindings, then unhitches Butch's escape buggy, which careens into a ravine. Surviving the crash, Butch vows revenge on Lucky.
293"Lucky and the Big Goodbye"Beth SlevenKatherine NolfiJean Kang & Kimberly Jo MillsMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
El Circo Dos Grillos travels to a prosperous frontier town where Lucky, Abigail, Pru, and Solana put up posters announcing their performances. Fito and Estrella explain to Lucky that after this performance, the circus will traverse the mountains, and will not return to the region for a year, but Lucky is adamant that the circus is her new home and that she will be going with them. Meanwhile, the town's council is opposed to any circus performance, and the mayor orders Fito to depart without performing. The PALs hatch a plan to perform a secret farewell show for the town's children in the town's square. The show goes off without a hitch, and at least one parent changes his mind about the circus. The next morning, Abigail and Pru persuade Lucky to return to Miradero with them. After the long ride home, Lucky faces her father, and, when Miss Flores emerges from the house, Lucky embraces her sincerely.
304"Lucky and the Two-Wheeled Terror"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceRich BurnsLiza Epps & Kathryn MarusikMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
Expecting a welcome back to Miradero by the town's children, Lucky, Pru, and Abigail are dismayed to find their homecoming overshadowed by Maricela's new bicycle and her new closeness to Turo, who didn't even notice them being gone for weeks. Only Snips is jealous of their having joined the circus, and stops talking to them, except through his donkey Señor Carrots. Meanwhile, though Lucky is discomfited to learn that her father has given her schoolteacher a riding horse named Tambourine as an engagement present, she offers to help Miss Flores learn to ride. Making use of her new transport, Maricela tries accompanying the PALs around the frontier, but disparages their hangout spots one by one, then irks them further by stealing their idea for a meteor-watching picnic atop Punta Libre. When Maricela's bicycle sends her over a ledge on the way to the picnic, the PALs' rescue attempt leaves them all stranded together, until Miss Flores and Tambourine chance upon them with a rope ladder. As Lucky comes to terms with all the changes in her life, Lucky, Abigail, Pru, and Maricela spot four shooting stars, one for each of them.
315"Lucky and the Rough Ride"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceLaura SreebnyLiza Epps & Kathryn MarusikMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
After a classroom tutorial in first aid courtesy of Pru's mother, Fannie Granger, who is a veterinarian, the PALs join three other vaqueros—one of them being Lucky's love interest, Javier—on Mr. Granger's mustang drive across the frontier from Miradero to Rancho Conejo. Lucky and Javier are separated from the group when they pursue an errant mare and her foal off the trail, and Javier badly injures his leg after a rattlesnake spooks the horses. Lucky makes several attempts at using her new first aid skills, even suturing up the cut with saddle thread after Javier passes out from blood loss. Meanwhile, Abigail and Pru handle a stampede all on their own. When Javier comes to, he praises Lucky as a "real vaquera" now, and they hold hands.
326"Lucky and the Ghostly Gotcha!"Joshua TabackAury WallingtonMarc Wasik & Kevin WottonMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
Dismayed at being too old to trick-or-treat, the PALs concoct an elaborate scheme to prank Abigail's little brother Snips with some ghostly home-brewed special effects in the nearby ghost town of Miner's Grove. But just when the plot is concluded, the PALs get a scare of their own.
337"Lucky and the Doomed Delivery"Julia "Fitzy" FitzmauriceKatherine NolfiMarc Wasik & Kevin WottonMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
The PALs are going on their first overnight camping trip by themselves. Lucky learns that the wedding invitation Kate sent to the orphange where the latter grew up has been returned, undeliverable. Lucky suggests the PALs travel to the orphanage to deliver the invitation only to find it abandoned and overrun by wolves. Although Lucky does not succeed in delivering the invitation to the nuns, she finds an envelope bearing the initials "K.F." in a file cabinet in an office. The PALs escape the wolves and return home to present Miss Flores with the envelope, which contains a photograph of a couple, perhaps Miss Flores's parents, and a necklace locket.

Home media[edit]

A DVD collection of all the episodes from seasons 1–4, titled Spirit Riding Free: Season 1–4 was released on DVD on June 5, 2018 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.[12] The series is also scheduled for DVD releases in the UK, France, Italy, and Germany.

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. ^ http://www.animationmagazine.net/top-stories/dreamworks-spirit-riding-free-s2-hoofs-it-to-netflix/
  7. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2017/10/24/spirit-riding-free-gallops-into-third-season/
  8. ^ https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/photo-gallery/44599592/image/44608732/Spirit-Riding-Free-Season-4
  9. ^ Haylock, Zoe (May 1, 2018). "Netflix's New Releases Coming in May 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  10. ^ Facebook announcement of Season 6
  11. ^ Twitter announcement of Season 6
  12. ^ "Spirit: Riding Free - Seasons 1-4". June 5, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018 – via Amazon. 

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