Pixar Animation Studios

Written by Brenda Chapman/Directed by Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman/Produced by Katherine Sarafian/Music by Patrick Doyle

Merida is exactly like her mother the queen–strong-willed, stubborn, and sure she knows best–so of course, they’re bound to butt heads. Frequently. However, when the queen invites the other member nations of their united kingdoms to compete for Merida’s hand in marriage, Merida feels her mother has taken things too far. . . . And decides to take her fate into her own hands.

Brave is a beautiful, touching story. It’s classic Pixar, with the strong family focus, “follow your heart” theme, and widespread spattering of comic (sometimes slightly crude) relief. The characters–particularly Merida and her mom–are well developed and carry the story well. I really love the setting–historic Scotland–and the animation brings out the rugged beauty of the setting to great effect. (Plus I must say, I adore Merida’s hair and the dresses.)The music is also gorgeous–intentionally tear-jerking at parts, but that’s Disney for you. All told, I’d say Brave is an enjoyable, relatively family-safe movie that I’d generally recommend for most audiences.

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