BLACK BEAUTY is admirably faithful to the beloved Anna Sewell children's classic, even if it's a bit disconcerting to hear a quadruped relate the story of its life. Once disbelief is suspended, however, the film becomes an affecting tale of the life and hard times of a horse--not the
usual pastoral frolic, but a riveting saga of friendship, betrayal, and transcendence.
Nurtured by his beloved mother until the age of three, Black Beauty runs with the other colts until he's adopted by the Gordon family at Bertwick, where he thrives despite some initial struggles with domestication. He befriends the pony Merry Legs, pines for the haughty Ginger, and responds to