Brave| A Mother/Daughter Film the Entire Family Will Love #DisneyPixarEvent
Long before I ever attended the press trip to Pixar Animation Studios, I was interested in Disney/Pixar’s Brave. I remember searching all over the internet with my husband, trying to find out any precious nugget that we could about the film. Disney/Pixar films are a big deal in our family, and even more now that our 4-year-old daughter is of an age where she can understand the more simple aspects of the films.
Even after the press trip, I still had plenty of questions left about Brave. We’d seen the first 1/3 of the film, so I knew it was about a princess who wanted to change her fate. Her mother, Queen Elinor (voiced by Emma Thompson), wants Merida to act like a proper princess. Instead, Merida is adventurous, playful, and a lot more like her father, King Fergus (voiced by Billy Connolly), than her mother. When the royalty of other kingdoms travel to Scotland to become suitors for Merida, she rebels in a very huge way. Not only do her actions affect her, but they also affect her entire kingdom.
The central focus of Brave is the mother/daughter relationship. Brenda Chapman, who is credited as one of the directors and writers, pitched the story to John Lasseter about 7 years ago based on her own experiences butting heads with her 6-year-old daughter. The mother/daughter aspect may not appeal to boy viewers, but there are plenty of fun male characters in Brave to make this just as enjoyable an experience for them. I especially loved King Fergus and Merida’s three little brothers.
And I forgot to mention BEARS! Yes, bears. Plural. And I won’t say more than that for fear of giving far too much away. (Plus, if you’ve seen trailers already, then you know this much at least.) The artistic detail and the care that went into creating the main bear in Brave is astounding. Disney/Pixar has always been known for giving human-like qualities to their animals, and Brave is the perfect example of this. I loved watching all of the bear-centric scenes because so much emotion is shown in the bear’s facial expressions and actions.
I know that the question that most parents probably have is if this movie is suitable for their child. There is a bit more violence than I was expecting (sword fights, bear hunt, bear vs. bear, etc.) and also some behind nudity, but my 4-year-old daughter handled it all very well. For the entire movie, she sat on my husband’s lap and was mesmerized by everything happening on screen. She did get a little scared during some of the intense action scenes involving the bear (she was shaking), and I myself was gripping my box of Junior Mints rather tightly. Parents who are worried about content should view the movie first, and then go again with their children if they feel they have the emotional maturity for Brave. My family loved Brave. This is a film that we will be adding to our collection, and one that I know my daughter will be watching over and over again until she has every scene memorized. Merida may not be the best role model at the beginning of the film, but she redeems herself fully. She can also teach our daughters so much about themselves and their dreams, relationships, and fate.
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*I received complimentary tickets to attend Brave with my family courtesy of Love Communications. No compensation was received for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*