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BMZ Review: The Young Black Stallion
By Ross Anthony


Taking a Ride on the Big Screen
Written by: Ross Anthony
Source: Ross Anthony's Hollywood Report Card
Date: January 20, 2004


Category: Reviews

This is an oddity. A narrative story in the Large Screen, 50-minute format. Though skeptical, I really had hoped it would work. While the production doesn't fail, it certainly doesn't excel either.

The picture is at its best with music, big sky, interesting terrain and a charming girl on the back of a beautiful horse. There's nothing wrong with these and the picture offers a lot of them. But where things start to fall below Disney standards is in the acting/dialogue.

The story is rather simple, and for the most part, dialogue is limited -- but why not skip it all together? We'll catch on ... little girl and mustang fall in love and are faster than any other horses in the land be it Africa, the Middle East, or Utah.

Kids may still enjoy this film (though a little slow in parts), but I'd have loved to seen it shot just a little more poetically, a little more with grandeur, a film that makes you feel like you've just been on the bareback of a wild colt. Pull in the artistic and make a world film that needs no dubbing.

The Young Black Stallion. Copyright © 2003. Rated G. 51 minutes. Starring Biana G. Tamimi, Richard Romanus, Patrick Elyas, Gerard Rudolf, Ali Al Ameri, Andries Rossouw.
Directed by Simon Wincer.
Screenplay by Jeanne Rosenberg.
Based on the book by: Walter Farley and Steven Farley.
Produced by Fred Roos, Frank Marshall at Disney.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

Copyright © 1998-2004. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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