Brave

Brave

3.8 17
Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Cast: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson

     
 

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An impetuous princess discovers that her reckless choice has put both her family and her father's kingdom in peril in this animated adventure from Pixar films. As a toddler, Merida (voice of Kelly MacDonald) saw her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly), do battle with one of the fiercest animals in the kingdom -- a horribly scarred hulk of a bear named Mordu. Though

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An impetuous princess discovers that her reckless choice has put both her family and her father's kingdom in peril in this animated adventure from Pixar films. As a toddler, Merida (voice of Kelly MacDonald) saw her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly), do battle with one of the fiercest animals in the kingdom -- a horribly scarred hulk of a bear named Mordu. Though Fergus lost his leg defending his family, Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), managed to escape the beast before it vanished back into the forest. Years later, Merida has grown up to become not just a skilled archer, but also a beautiful princess who inspires a competition among the eligible bachelors in the land. But Merida has little interest in getting married, and the harder her mother pushes the issue, the more fiercely she resists it. When the tournament for her hand gets under way and a deep divide opens between mother and daughter, Merida makes a wish that threatens the future of both her family and the entire kingdom. Now, with only a brief window of time to set things right, Merida must summon the courage to atone for her mistake and prevent a past tragedy from destroying any hope for a peaceful future.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The marriage of Disney and Pixar was always something of a peculiar concept for one very specific reason: The Disney empire was constructed on a sturdy foundation of fairy tales that had already stood the test of time before Walt Disney managed to find that perfect marriage of artistry, technology, and storytelling to present them in a new way, while Pixar has always managed the impressive feat of simultaneously pushing the boundaries of contemporary animation while being bold enough to create its own modern mythology. And while for that reason the driving forces of the studios might seem fundamentally at odds, it could also be the reason that Brave -- Pixar's first foray into the world of princesses -- works as well as it does. As a toddler, impetuous Princess Merida (voice of Kelly MacDonald) saw her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly), do battle with one of the fiercest animals in the kingdom -- a horribly scarred hulk of a bear named Mordu. Though Fergus lost his leg defending his family, Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), managed to escape the beast before it vanished back into the forest. Years later, Merida has grown up to become not just a skilled archer, but also a beautiful princess who inspires a competition among the eligible bachelors in the land. But Merida has little interest in getting married, and the harder her mother pushes the issue, the more fiercely she resists it. When the tournament for her hand gets under way and a deep divide opens between mother and daughter, Merida makes a wish that threatens the future of both her family and the entire kingdom. Now, with only a brief window of time to set things right, Merida must summon the courage to atone for her mistake and prevent a past tragedy from destroying any hope for a peaceful future. From the moment we first meet Merida, there's a sense of familiarity about the character that's thoroughly endearing. The archetype of the headstrong princess determined to forge her own path has been permanently branded into our collective psyche courtesy of Disney. But unlike many Disney princesses, Merida has a strong sense of self-worth from the very beginning. This isn't a story about a maiden who finds her Prince Charming; it's going for something different, and as a result, any male with that particular aspiration ultimately proves incidental at best to the plot. In reshaping the familiar fairy-tale tropes into a new form, writers Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, and Irene Mecchi give us something rare -- an entirely original story that has the feel of a half-remembered tale read to us as a child. For that reason, it's easy to forgive the occasional lack of attention to detail in Brave. Unlike most Pixar films, there are moments here that seem to betray the reality that the movie has so effectively created, yet the overall story arc works well to give the impression of legacy, even if the specifics aren't exactly watertight. In addition, the emphasis on family effectively prevents us from drawing constant comparisons to other similar works in a manner that could ultimately prove detrimental to the film. Of course, it practically goes without saying that the animation in Brave is frequently breathtaking. Whether the camera is focusing on Merida's flaming corkscrew locks as they flow in the wind, sweeping across the Scottish countryside, or winding through the torch-lit hallways of a medieval castle, the attention to detail is nothing short of exquisite (although the use of 3D does little to enhance this effect, making the "flat" version the preferable of the two). So even though the notable lack of social consciousness we've come to expect from Pixar films prevents Brave from being the kind of nuanced classic that will grow with the young viewer, chances are good that parents won't have any trouble losing themselves in the artistry on display while witnessing the genesis of a new fairy tale that their children can claim as their own.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
UPC:
0786936813159
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
PG
Source:
WALT DISNEY VIDEO
Region Code:
1AB
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
10,152

Special Features

Disc 1 - Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus; La Luna; The Legend of Mordu; Brave Old World; Merida & Elinor; Bears; Brawl in The Hall; Wonder Moss; Magic; Clan Pixar; Once Upon a Scene; Extended Scenes; Audio Commentary; ; Disc 2 - Blu-ray Bonus; Alternate Opening; Fallen Warriors; Dirty Hairy People; It is English....Sort Of; Angus; The Tapestry; Promotional Pieces; Art Gallery; ; Disc 3 - DVD Feature Film + Bonus; La Luna; The Legend Of Mordu; Audio Commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kelly MacDonald Merida
Emma Thompson Queen Elinor
Billy Connolly King Fergus
Julie Walters Wise Woman
Kevin McKidd Lord MacGuffin
Craig Ferguson Lord Macintosh
Robbie Coltrane Lord Dingwall

Technical Credits
Mark Andrews Director,Screenwriter
Brenda Chapman Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Mark Andrews Screenwriter
Pete Docter Executive Producer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
John Lasseter Executive Producer
Irene Mecchi Screenwriter
Steve Purcell Screenwriter
Katherine Sarafian Producer
Andrew Stanton Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brave
1. Birthday Picnic
2. Merida
3. Family Meal
4. Legends Are Lessons
5. Just Listen
6. Getting Ready
7. Meet The Lords
8. The Games
9. The Argument
10. Merida Takes Off
11. The Crafty Carver
12. The Spell
13. The Cake
14. Transformation
15. Castle Hunt
16. Triplets' Distraction
17. Come Out, Wisps
18. Cauldron Message
19. Memory
20. Sunrise
21. Breakfast
22. Fishing With Mum
23. Chasing Wisps
24. The Ruins
25. Blockade
26. Cyrano
27. The Tapestry
28. Bear In The Castle
29. Desperation
30. The Key
31. To The Rescue
32. Showdown
33. Bear Fight
34. Second Sunrise
35. Epilogue
36. End Credits
37. Delivery

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Brave 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 18, and I love this movie! I really love the music in it and love how this movie is about a mother-daughter relationship, instead of a prince. I love those Disney movies too, but this one is a nice change. Super cute and funny! I love it!
mariettaB More than 1 year ago
Great, Awesome movie for all ages! I am forty-four and I loved it! Well worth the money to own and watch over and over!
bookhag More than 1 year ago
My sister always says that you can tell that they switched directors in the middle of the movie, which is true. Nevertheless, its still a great movie, and I think the beginning is better that the other half. It was going in a good direction until they changed directors. I really like and recommend this film.
Myrddin_Y_Derwydd More than 1 year ago
Good movie about a strong girl that learns not to be quite so willful and crazy. The visuals and score are wonderful, as expected from any Pixar movie, and I absolutely loved the incorporation of Scottish traditions/dress/music, even if the music had a modern flair. Archery was well done, and they didn't avoid the whole issue of magic, nor did it end up completely Disney-fied.
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
greatest 3d animation movie everrrr
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Enjoyed this movie.
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The people who panned this movie didn't get it at all or they were'nt paying attention. This movie was well done. This Scottish music and traditions were great. Merida's Clydesdale, Angus was real looking and not comical like many other Disney movies. Loved the whole thing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find several of the negative reviews unfair to the film.  First of all it is beautifully done and the music is great.  Yes Merida is an undisciplined girl who has been allowed to be as wild as she likes and she is disrespectful to her parents.  But the storyline is that she realizes that and learns to take responsibility and fix the problems she has caused.  Thought it portrayed the relationship between a daughter and mother very well, and for the person who wrote that it was disrespectful to marriage.  First of all its not a princess love story and second of all she doesn't turn away from love or marriage she just isn't ready yet.  It's about not pushing your children and children learning to understand their parents are coming from a place of love.  I highly recommend this movie.  Not your typical Disney princess movie and that might be a good thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was horrible.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             This movie portrays marriage as something to fight against - something to fight and fear.  It backs up that resumption by having Merida's suitors be physically weak and mentally inadequate - in other words, beneath hr.  In their one chance to demonstrate their value, Merida deliberately chooses a contest where she can outshine all of them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Beyond that Merida deliberately curses her mom, and unintentionally curses her brothers.   When she curses her mom she's horrified, but just keeps saying " It's not my fault".  She takes no responsibility  for her actions.   Later when she learns she'd cursed her  brothers also , she isn't horrified or shocked - she was angry, at them.  She felt no guilt for what she'd done to to her brothers. Hard to believe children are even allowed to watch this, much less encouraged to.   
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hated this movie, I don't want my children thinking of making a course on me just because they are been disciplined.