Director Elaine Bogan, composer Amy Doherty, and Cohn discuss the film’s female leadership and “empowering the young female audience.” A new episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Behind The Screen features director Elaine Bogan and composer Amie Doherty, as well as Dreamworks Animation president Margie Cohn. Spirit Untamed is DWA’s latest feature film, set in a frontier town and following a feisty young girl named Lucky, voiced by Isabela Merced, who befriends a wild horse named Spirit, who first appeared in Dreamworks’ Oscar-nominated 2002 film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, followed by the Emmy-winning Netflix series Spirit Riding Free. IMDB
Bogan, who previously worked at Dreamworks on episodes of Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia and Dragons: Race to the Edge, makes his feature directorial debut with Spirit Untamed. “Empowering the young female audience and [representing] the friendship and sisterhood of supporting one other to achieve unimaginable things,” Bogan said of Spirit. There’s a lot of material in the movie that speaks to this. And we wanted to build a world and a cast of people that felt like they matched the reality we live in today, which meant characters with a variety of opinions and ethnic backgrounds.” There are snippets from the score as well as original material in this episode.