‘Spirit’ saddles up

Adams serenades on neighboring street

HOLLYWOOD — A herd of happy children and their parents stampeded through DreamWorks’ premiere Sunday of its latest toon effort, “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” at Hollywood’s ArcLight.

Neighboring Ivar Street was closed down for a concert by Bryan Adams, who contributed eight songs to the movie.

“The Shield” tough guy Michael Chiklis looked on bemusedly as his daughter immersed herself in making a “spirit bracelet” from leather pieces and metal studs.

“I was actually a little nervous when the female horse got shot,” Chiklis said. “I was going, ‘Oh, no. Don’t do this to my little girl.’ I was actually surprised how emotional we all got. All I know is I choked up.”

Others were similarly approving of the unusual toon.

“That was too cute,” Jennifer Love Hewitt murmured to friends as she emerged from the Cinerama Dome.

Among those joining DreamWorks execs Jim Tharp, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald were Cindy Crawford, Jane Seymour, Ray Liotta, Dakota Fanning, Edward James Olmos, Natasha Henstridge, Teri Garr, Harry Hamlin and former Universal marketing prexy Peter Adee.

Adams, who played a substantial set despite wearing a cast on his broken right hand — injured when a car hit his motorbike — deserved a super trouper award. So did score composer Hans Zimmer and DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg, who with Adams had jetted back overnight from Saturday evening’s “Spirit” showing in Cannes. At Cannes, both musicians accompanied “Spirit” live as the pic unspooled.

At the beach after-party, Adams, who sang but did not play guitar, told Daily Variety, “It was a great experience. We just wondered if we’d be able to hit our marks.”

Katzenberg said he was pleased to have “Spirit” shown at Cannes, which he called the “most important” film festival.

Back in Hollywood, Katzenberg said, “I think everybody is still on a high from (Cannes). I’ve never experienced anything like that.”

(Alys Marshall in Cannes contributed to this report.)