I have to say that I loved the soundtrack and the scenery of the 10th century Scottish Highlands. The animation made me feel as if I was surrounded by forests, cliffs, and the ocean.
I loved the character voices. I could've listened to their accents all day. Kelly MacDonald was Princess Merida, Emma Thompson was her mother, Queen Elinor, and Billy Connolly was her father, King Fergus. Other talents include Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson and John Ratzenberger (they can't do one without him).
I loved the female heroine, Princess Merida. She's beautiful, tough and a cunning archer. I also enjoyed the mystical magic of the will o' the wisps.
But. . . the plot fell. To me it was Little Mermaid recycled. What a shame to waste all of that beautiful imagery and animation on a not-so-original story.
The thing that bothered me the most, however, was not the plot, nor the cruder-than-usual humor, but the scene where King Fergus and his cronies climb down from the tower using their pants tied together for a rope. The next thing you see are a bunch of naked butts running.
Yes, I realize this was only an animation, but it is not the sort of thing I want my grandkids to see and get the idea that it's funny or okay to do that.
I have always felt safe taking my kids and grandkids to Disney/Pixar movies. I hold them to a higher standard and they let me down.
Part of it was my fault. I assumed it was rated G, like most Disney/Pixar movies (the only exception is The Incredibles, probably for violence). Brave is rated PG. Next time I'll pay more attention to the rating.
I bought three copies of this book for my grandkids. Ms. Nielsen's whacky sense of humor shines through.
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