Princess Merida: I want my freedom!
Queen Elinor: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
Last weekend we took the whole crew to see Brave – Pixar’s first fairy tale. Originally called “The Bear and the Bow”, Brave stars Merida, the first female protagonist in a Pixar film, and is the first Pixar film with their completely redone graphics system.
Merida is a Scottish teenage tomboy princess, with a wild mane of red curls. She has a huge, burly father, a by-the-book mother – loving and kind, but traditional and determined – and 3 mischievous tiny triplet brothers.
Merida is “just not ready” for her impending betrothal (arranged marriage). Merida and her mother, Elinor can’t communicate well; each of them has a valid point of view – but the other can’t see it. Merida rebels against tradition, and her mother. She wishes to change her fate.
But, wishes can be dangerous things and can turn out not quite as we expect…