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Classic story of “Young Black Stallion” debuts on the giant IMAX
screen Dec. 26 at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater

Chattanooga, Tenn. (Dec. 5, 2003) – “Young Black Stallion” is a family favorite that has captured the imaginations of millions of readers and moviegoers over the years. Now Disney has brought the magic of the classic story to the giant IMAX screen opening Dec. 26 at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater.

“Young Black Stallion” is the brand new 2D Disney film about a young girl named Neera who befriends a wild colt in the Arabian desert during World War II. It's a classic story that the whole family will enjoy. The film is the first dramatic adventure made expressly for the giant screen and is a magnificent and thrilling tale that is a prequel to the 1979 motion picture “Young Black Stallion.”

Set in Northern Africa at the conclusion of World War II, the film follows the adventures of a young girl named Neera, who becomes separated from her family and finds herself alone in the desert. When a wild stallion (whom Neera names "Shetan" and means "the devil") comes to her aid, the two form a special bond and the horse helps Neera return home to her grandfather. As their friendship and trust grows, the girl devises a daring plan to race the wild Shetan in the annual horse race and help restore her grandfather’s reputation. Staking everything on the race, Neera’s iron will and courage combined with Shetan’s untamed power and determination culminates in some of the most breathtaking and triumphant scenes ever witnessed on the giant screen.

“Young Black Stallion” was directed by Simon Wincer (Free Willy) for executive producer Kathleen Kennedy and producers Frank Marshall and Fred Roos, from a screenplay by Jeanne Rosenberg.

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