Brave – Finally a Princess not Looking for her Prince Charming!

Merida- not a damsel in distress type of character in Brave!
Merida- not a damsel in distress type of character in Brave!


My girls are ages 12 and 14, so needless to say, I have been going to the movies with them for a pretty long time.  It’s one of those things we as a family all love to do.  In all the years of movie going, taking them to see Disney/Pixar’s Brave has me more excited than any of the others for one main reason – Merida!

Merida is the first female Pixar protagonist.  She is a typical teenage girl pushing her limits with feeling suffocated in the world of all the to-dos expected of a princess.  She and her mom have a little bit of a troubled relationship with a lack of communication.  With happenings in the movie that I will not spoil here, they finally come to an understanding that as a mom with two girls makes the story that much sweeter.  Merida isn’t the only family member to capture your attention on the screen. Her mischievous 3 brothers add humor to every scene they appear and here’s a clip to show you just how funny –


Pixar always does a phenomenal job creating amazing and memorable characters.  With Brave, they do not disappoint.  With the lush landscape of the Highlands of Scotland all the way down to the details of every curl on Merida’s head, you are drawn in by the details of the animators – it’s like eye candy.  Seriously, I saw the movie twice, and both times I couldn’t stop staring at her hair.


“Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) andcantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.”


I love this movie!  I love the story as I can relate well to the mother daughter relationship. I love that the story didn’t have a prince to save the day type of ending.  The fact Merida is a strong girl that is willing to fight to be heard I find refreshing for a damsel in distress she is not.  This movie has a PG rating, and I would agree that it isn’t for very young children.  Without spoiling the core story I will just say that there are some parts that can be a bit much for children that scare easily.  However, the story is full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor.  A perfect combination that will make Brave another Disney/Pixar classic.


***Disclosure: I attended #BraveCarsLandEvent . My flight, lodgings, and most expenses were covered by Disney. All opinions are 100% mine. Pictures above provided by Disney***

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