Brave is the latest animation movie from Pixar and Disney. It is about Princess Merida, the daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. They live in an enchanted Scottish kingdom where Merida is being groomed by the queen to become a proper princess.
Merida is a spunky red-headed tomboy who knows her way around bow and arrow. She is not behaving like a princess should be; she is adventurous and is determined to carve her own path in life. Queen Elinor tried her best to prepare her to become a proper princess and marry her to someone not of Merida’s own choosing.
The kingdom has an age-old tradition of having the princess married to the first-born son of the leaders of the clan in the kingdom – the McIntoshes, the McGuffins, and the Dingwalls. This is an age old tradition in order to sustain the fragile union of the tribes. But Merida wants nothing to do with the arranged marriage.
Merida turned to an eccentric Witch she met in the woods for help. The Witch granted her a wish but the wish turned out to be ill-fated. She wished that the Queen will change but unfortunately her appearance changed and turned into a bear instead of “changing her mind” about arranging a marriage for Merida.
Merida used all her strength and will power to have the spell broken. The spell was broken which also strengthened the relationship between mother and daughter.
Brave is not the best animated movie done by Pixar but enjoyable. The animation is splendid and it has a very good storyline which would appeal not only to teenage girls but also to the whole family. It has a scary plot but it is a terrific family movie. The Scottish highlands backdrop is surprisingly very effective.
Merida is voiced by Kelly Macdonald, Queen Elinor by Emma Thompson and King Fergus by Billy Connolly.