We loved Disney/Pixar’s Brave.
Not surprisingly, both our kids and their parents enjoyed every minute of yesterday’s opening show. It’s getting harder and harder for me to pick a personal favorite Disney film–The Princess and the Frog…Tangled…now Brave. While unrelated, my all-time favorite (non-Disney) movie of all time happens to be Braveheart and visiting Scotland has been on my to-do list for some time. Amidst the background of this beautiful countryside, feisty Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor, butt heads in an epic, albiet not uncommon, mother-daughter battle. With echoes of my own mothering–”guys, stop fighting”…”please don’t pound your fork on the table”–I could relate to the queen who both loves her princess daughter and wants the best for her but also tends helicopter-parent. As an 8th grade teacher and well-versed in adolescent behavior, I also identified with protagonist Merida whose desire to chart her own course reminds the audience of headstrong Juliet with a less tragic ending.
Once, as a graduate student in a Children’s Literature class, we were asked to draw contrasts between Grimms’ and Disney’s fair tales; I was struck by the dominant message of princess meeting her prince. While I’m far from having to remind my daughter every time she watches Sleeping Beauty that it’s not a good idea to fall in love with a strange man, Brave‘s message of finding your fate and lack of a swooning princess is a refreshing turn. At times dark but others funny with Merida’s young young brothers offering fun-loving foils to the film, there’s much to love about what’s bound to become another Disney/Pixar success story.
I’ll confess to already owning a wee bit of the merchandise. And I may have downloaded the Brave soundtrack on our way home from the film. But aside from heading to the drive-in last night after having seen it in theaters earlier in the day, it’s not like our family has been completely been Brave’d this weekend. We didn’t book that trip to Scotland just yet.
Get the incise scoop from my blogger friend MomSpark: Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE: Walking the Green Carpet and Rockin Mama: Disney/Pixar’s Brave Premieres at The Dolby Theatre. Thanks ladies for the tip on VisitScotland.com where you can enter for a chance to win a trip to Scotland!