I bought this for my 10 year old daughter, who is horse mad. She loves it, and has watched it quite a number of times. At first it takes a bit of getting used to genuine Australian accents in an animated movie! My daughter loved the storyline, and even though the characters are a tad stiff, I loved the artwork, particularly the backgrounds which are in the style of Albert Namatjira. A very good Aussie effort for an Australian story. Recommended for horse mad girls.
This is a favourite with my son, who has learnt more about Australiana from The Silver Brumby than in the books I've tried to interest him in.
Not only does it teach kids about our native animals, in our own accent, with depictions of native flora as well, it also imparts beautiful messages about natural justice and moral codes that transcend humanity. Messages about conservation, independence, interdependence on social and family groups, helping behaviours, personal sacrifice...it's all there.
The imagery is wonderful, with hand drawn and hand painted frames - you would think watching it over and over again would become tedious, yet multiple viewings provide opportunity to appreciate the nuances and subtleties of this animation, visually and also in the pedagogy.
It's a real Australian treasure, and I feel I am providing a special experience for my son by owning it.
I recommend buying a copy of this 1st season DVD, to send royalties to Australian producers and to also send them the message that it's time they committed further seasons to DVD...not least because we've watched both discs innumerable times!
A real treasure in childrens' viewing.
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