Originally posted 2015-08-29 13:51:23.
Director: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Release Date: June 22, 2012
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 93 Minutes
- Kelly Macdonald as Merida
- Billy Connolly as Fergus
- Emma Thompson as Elinor
- Julie Walters as The Witch
Kid Friendly Rating: In terms of Disney Princess movies, Brave is probably the scariest. There are some intense scenes with scary bears and there is a semi-disturbing transformation scene. There are a lot of weapons (swords and arrows), some large glasses that one could assume would be alcohol (but it is never stated that it is), there is kissing and a bum tap between the King and Queen and some brief naked bums. Recommend 8+ Click here for the Parent Rating Guide!
Personal Rating: 4 out of 5
Merida is a princess that does not want to be a princess. She wants to ride her horse, shoot her bow, and act in a way her mother does not find acceptable for a princess. After many disagreements, there are suitors presented to her for marriage. Merida runs and goes to a witch her gives her a cake that will let her change her fate. Merida feeds the cake to her mother which transforms her into a bear! Since the King is known as the “Bear King” they know it is not safe for her mother to stay in the castle in that state and leave to go and find a cure. While on their mission they grow closer and learn to listen and appreciate one another.
Merida: There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.
King Fergus: Pretend I am Merida, speak to me. [Shrill voice] I don’t want to get married, I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the glen firing arrows into the sunset.
Merida: There comes a day when I don’t have to be a princess. No rules, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day where I can change my fate.
Fun Fact: This is the first Pixar film set entirely in the historic past.
Final Thoughts: I really like this movie, and it fact it comes close to Tangled for me (which I love!). I think this movie really shows how the relationships between a mother and daughter can be. There will be fighting, there will be disagreements, but in the end, there will always be love and understanding. My 4 year old loves this movie and is not scared of the bear scenes or the transformation scenes, but make sure you are with your child when these scenes happen in case you need to explain to them what is happening. I really think this is the perfect movie for a family to watch together!
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