Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor . Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin, surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall. Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources -- including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers -- to undo a beastly curse before it's too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Brave is a new kind of "princess movie." The first Pixar movie to revolve around a female main character, Brave has a strong message about family relationships and open communication between parents and kids (particularly mothers and daughters). There are some scary sequences involving a large angry bear that attacks the main characters -- which are even more intense when seen in 3-D -- and (possible spoiler alert) a disturbing but comical transformation of a mother into a bear. A moment when the mom-turned-bear temporarily forgets she's human and growls at her daughter could upset younger kids. There's also a lot of brawling among the Scotsmen, who use both weapons (arrows, swords, etc.) and their bodies (fists, teeth) on each other. There's no romance for Princess Merida, but you can expect a few jokes about men being naked under their kilts; a couple of scenes even include quick glimpses of naked cartoon bums belonging to men and three young boys. Although there are no product placements in the movie, there's a ton of Brave merchandise available, particularly aimed at girls.
June 22, 2012
PG (for some scary action and rude humor)
Animated, Action/Adventure, Comedy
1 hour 33 minutes
Walt Disney Pictures