The Young Black Stallion
|The Young Black Stallion|
|Directed by||Simon Wincer|
|Written by||Jeanne Rosenberg|
|Starring||Biana Tamimi, Patrick Elyas, Eric Grucza|
|Music by||William Ross|
Bud S. Smith
M. Scott Smith
|Studio||The Kennedy/Marshall Company|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Release date(s)||25 December 2003|
|Running time||49 min|
|Preceded by||The Black Stallion Returns|
The Young Black Stallion (2003) is a Disney made-for-IMAX movie that debuted in select IMAX theaters in the United States on December 25, 2003. It was directed by Simon Wincer. Noted for its beautiful scenery and wide-angle shots, the 45-minute movie was filmed in various settings in Africa. The movie stars Biana Tamimi as Neera, a young girl who befriends a young black stallion, and Patrick Elyas as Aden, although his voice was mapped-over by Eric Grucza, who, for his performance was nominated in 2004 for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance for a Voice-Over Role.
The film is based on Steven Farley’s 1989 novel of the same name. It is also Disney’s first production made specifically for IMAX theaters, and a prequel to the 1979 film, The Black Stallion. The original film won an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing and received nominations for Film Editing and Supporting Actor Mickey Rooney, but it doesn’t appear Disney has such lofty expectations for The Young Black Stallion. According to reports, the film was originally scheduled for release in fall 2002, then was postponed until September 2003, and then was shelved yet again.
The Young Black Stallion follows the adventures of Shetan, a young black colt. After a band of robbers separates an Arabian girl named Neera (Biana Tamini) from her father, she finds herself alone in the desert. Before long, a mysterious black colt comes to her rescue. The two quickly form a special bond, and the horse returns Neera to her grandfather. Once Neera is back home, the stallion disappears.
Neera greets her grandfather Ben Ishak (Richard Romanus) and her cousin Aden (Patrick Elyas) eagerly, but is disappointed and upset when she find out that her grandfather's horse breeding days are over. Ben Ishak informs Neera that because of the shootings in the desert, his fields are ruined, and he can no longer afford to keep any of his horses. He kept an old plow-horse, Abha, and set his most precious mare Jinah free. We find out later that Jinah was Shetan's mother.
A year passes, but the black stallion does not return. Neera’s grandfather tells her that the horse was probably nothing more than a product of her imagination. But Neera knows better. She thinks the stallion is the lost horse of the desert, a legend born of the sands and sired by the night sky. Then, one night, the colt appears again. In an attempt to help her grandfather start a breeding farm again, Neera joins a grueling cross-country race against the finest horses of Arabia for a purse of the most exceptional Arabian mares. Shetan, the black stallion, is trained, and Neera rides him in the competition to restore her grandfather's money and respect. In the end, Neera wins, and Shetan is reunited with his mother.
- Richard Romanus as Ben Ishak
- Biana Tamimi as Neera
- Patrick Elias as Aden
- Gérard Rudolf as Rhamon
- Ali Al Ameri as Mansoor
- Andries Rossouw as Kadir
- The Black Stallion novels
- The Black Stallion 1979 film
- The Black Stallion Returns 1983 film