Brave (2012)

BRENDA CHAPMAN, MARK ANDREWS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2012.  Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios.  Story by Brenda Chapman, Screenplay by Mark Andrews, , Brenda Chapman, , additional screenplay material by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The King of a Scottish clan is delighted by his spunky, rebellious daughter Merida (voiced by ), but her mother (Emma Thompson) is appalled that she does not behave like a proper princess.

With her perpetually tousled hair and her insistence on improving her bow and arrow techniques, Merida shocks her betters when she enters the archery contest that is actually meant to help her family choose her future husband.

Hoping to get her mother to see that she wants more from life than just betrothal, the young lass asks a forest witch (Julie Walters) to cast a spell that will solve her problems; the result is that she transforms her mother into a giant bear, a seriously inconvenient trick given that Merida’s father () is famous for hunting and killing them.

It does not sound like much in description, but the no-frills plotting and gorgeously colourful animation is punctuated by some exquisite sequences of imaginative magic and even moments that are genuinely frightening.  It holds on to its narrative reins all the way through, a solid animated classic that is sure to satisfy.

Academy Award:  Best Animated Feature

Golden Globe Award:  Best Animated Feature

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