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Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin Mckidd ... see more see more... , Craig Ferguson , Robbie Coltrane

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to ... read more read more...the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late. -- (C) Disney

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DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012

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  • April 21, 2014
    At the heart of this Pixar offering is a tale of first, a mother/daughter falling out and then, their eventual reunion. The vocal talents are exemplary (with Emma Thompson leading the way) and , true to form, Pixar's legendary animation knows no equal. The delving into the whole ... read moreScottish myth and fable was nice and interesting path to take, if reminiscent of How To Train Your Dragon, and so what then?
    The story meanders into the woods a bit is all. Something about bears. There's a witch, too. The witch is cool.
    Nonetheless, Pixar, eh? You can't go wrong there, can you?
  • January 25, 2014
    An amusing, and message sending family fun.
  • September 3, 2013
    This is Pixar's first film with a female lead, and, while it had a lot of potential and promise, it basically just ends up being a rehash of previous Disney princess films, only with a Celtic twist.

    Merida is a strong willed teenage princess who wants to buck tradition and be a ... read morefree spirit instead of fulfill the typical role of a girly princess. Her actions lead to chaos throughout the kingdom, and her dealings with a witch force her to undo a potentially devastating curse.

    Like I said, this had a lot of potential. It ends up sticking to tradition and convention, but, even then, it's still decently well done. It's just a shame that they couldn't bring themselves to completely break away from tradition and forge new territory. There are at least a few tweaks to the formula that elevate the proceedings, so that's cool.

    I liked how both of Merida's parents are alive or even present, as this is a rare thing in Disney/Pixarland. And it's nice too that the film focuses heavily on the mother/daughter relationship. It's just a bummer that the film keeps up the trend of having the heroine be a strong willed rebel who wants to defy convention. That, and the way this film characterizes medieval Scottish culture isn't exactly the most informed or balanced, or deep.

    The film does at least look pretty though, even if Pixar has made far more visually striking and interesting pictures. And the film is quite watchable and decently paced, but it seems to cater primarily to younger kids over any other demographic.

    All in all, this is a decent film, but somewhat of a letdown. It's not terrible, but it's far from unique. Still, it has just enough good going for it to keep me from rating it any lower.
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    August 4, 2013
    I don't know, I just didn't quite get it. Am I getting too old for weird fairytale plot twists?? Or am I just so ignorant of Scottish mythology that the magic seemed random to me? The mother's scenes were pretty great though. (Not going to reveal any spoilers.)
  • July 9, 2013
    Not what I was expecting at all, but I liked it!
  • April 18, 2013
    I didn't not expect to like Brave but I find many animated films to hit and miss these days and I wasn't expecting much. I really liked it though, I thought the story was mature as well as appealing to the young. I liked the characters very much, this is often where animated film... read mores let themselves down by generally recycling the same character time and time again. It's nice to see a mostly all Scottish cast as well and not an American cast doing Scottish accents. I especially like Merida thought, probably because she has the same hair as my lovely niece.
  • fb100000293612769
    March 19, 2013
    It's a cute film. It's sweet with a good message. It leaves you with a good feeling which is nice. The visuals are beautiful. However, it is perhaps the weakest film to have come from Pixar (aside from Cars 2) as a result of bad pacing, a lack of solid humor, and actually quite b... read moreoring and cliche characters. In fact, the film starts off rough and uneven, and I quickly became bored and disinterested in the plot. The twist, though, caught my attention, and the final act was done quite well. The last part of the film doesn't make up for the disaster that is the first act, but it does thrill. Overall, the movie does not really impress, but rather charms (at least in some moments). It feels, though, as if I've seen this movie before, what with overused Pixar tendencies, and a plot that is an awkward mix of Mulan, Brother Bear, Beowulf, Tangled, and The Little Mermaid. Despite the final act, there is nothing really big at stake. Though the characters look pretty, you don't really care too much about them.
  • March 7, 2013
    Oh sooo wonderful! Beautifully done. Very sweet, and funny...
  • February 14, 2013
    It's Pixar. What else can you say? :)
  • January 28, 2013
    Disney's Brave is a wonderful adventure that has all the usual aspects that you'd expect from a Pixar film. The film has a very good story, but at times it could have been better. However the film does have enough charm and wit to appeal to diehard fans of Pixar films, and it man... read moreages to be a very entertaining film despite its flaws. The animation is wonderful, but at times the plot has its flaws, and you notice that it could have been better. Pixar have always made great films, but it also could have been done better too. I enjoyed the film, and like I said, it had plenty of good things going for it, but if you put up against other Pixar films, Brave is one of the weaker one. Despite this, the voice actors are good in their roles and the story itself is fun, but is nothing remarkable either. Brave is worth seeing, but it lacks that something special that makes Pixar film so memorable. There is a good plot at work here, but when you compare Brave to others in Pixar's catalogue, you realize that it is slightly inferior. The film does have its moments however and like every other Pixar film, looks wonderful. The animation is the high point of the film, and it overcomes the slightly ordinary story. Brave manages to overcome it flaws, but compared to the others in Pixar's catalogue, it's not as memorable and it could have been better and you see the potential that the film had. Worth seeing if you're a Pixar fan like me, just don't expect another Toy Story or Monsters Inc. for that matter.

Critic Reviews

Rafer Guzman
November 18, 2013
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

The main problem is that Merida craves adventure but Brave limits her to mother-daughter psychodrama. Full Review

Richard Corliss
November 18, 2013
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

By the climax, at which all right-thinking viewers will have dissolved in a puddle of warm appreciation, the new Pixar film has earned two cheers and a big bear hug. Full Review

Ben Sachs
November 18, 2013
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

The story for this revisionist fairy tale, which promotes contemporary attitudes about parenting and gender equality, is less inspired than usual for Pixar, but the movie upholds the studio's high sta... Full Review

Trevor Johnston
August 7, 2012
Trevor Johnston, Time Out

No, not another Pixar classic, but for full-on family fun it's a brave effort. Full Review

Bruce Diones
July 2, 2012
Bruce Diones, New Yorker

The story, with its patchwork of plots (involving feuding clans and disastrous spells), holds together enough to thrill intermittently. Full Review

Christopher Orr
June 22, 2012
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

Though it falls short of the studio's best in many respects, Brave is ravishing to look at. Merida's carrot corona is alone worth the price of admission. Full Review

James Berardinelli
June 22, 2012
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The tone is uneven and more often morose than joyful. The pacing is slow and at times almost tedious. The end result is something that feels like it was put together from a jumble of Disney clichés ta... Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
June 22, 2012
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Saying that Brave is entertaining but not astonishing is pretty much admitting your straight-A student got a B. Full Review

Peter Rainer
June 22, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

It's a safe experience; but safe, in this case, is better than sorry. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
June 22, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

The Pixar name used to mean something. And it never quite meant pleasantly safe, safely forgettable movies like this. Full Review

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    • Merida: I want my freedom!
    • Queen Elinor: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
    • Merida: Our fate lives in us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.
    • Wise Woman: You never conjure where you carve.
    • 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.
    • Merida: There are those who say that fate is something beyond our command. That our destinies are not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.
    • Merida: I want my freedom!
    • Queen Elinor: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
    • Queen Elinor: A princess does not put her weapons on the dining table!
    • Merida: Oh Mum...

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