Animated Reality: Red Bull’s ‘Bandit Hill’ MTB Edit Is Wild Whimsy

Jill Kintner can wreck a downhill mountain bike course. Her professional record precedes her, but Red Bull’s ‘Bandit Hill’ swings wide of the typical stoke video to tell an altogether different story — via an entirely different medium.

Kintner is one of the most dominant multidiscipline female cyclists of all time. She has won every possible four-cross mountain biking title at some point in her career, along with a wide array of notable BMX titles.

She’s also an artist and nature lover. That’s the side of Jill Kintner that Red Bull spotlights in the live-action/animated short “Bandit Hill.” The quick vignette drops the world-class downhiller into an enchanted forest inhabited by three unlikely friends — a squirrel, a fox, and a snail.

It’s a smash for kids or adults — picture Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox or Shel Silverstein’s poetry set to Space Jam-style animation.

All in all, get ready for an unorthodox, refreshing clip featuring one of the best to ever compete in women’s cycling.

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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is a staff writer at GearJunkie, and several other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about climbing, cycling, running, wildlife, outdoor policy, the outdoor industry, vehicles, and more for 2 years. Prior to GearJunkie, he owned and operated his own business before freelancing at GearHungry. Based in Austin, Texas, Anderson loves to climb, boulder, road bike, trail run, and frequent local watering holes (of both varieties).

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