Pixar’s Subtle Bravery

I recently took my daughters to see Brave, the new movie from Pixar and Disney, and I found it thought provoking. Brave introduces Merida, a feisty Scottish princess with a bad habit of laying her weapons on the dinner table. Like most Disney princesses, Merida feels stifled by her current situation and attempts to makes some changes. Things don’t go according to plan, but it all works out in the end. The movie is beautifully animated, and the voice acting, especially Emma Thompson’s, is excellent. On the whole, Brave is Pixar at its best, but it might have one flaw. It might be too subtle.

As usual Pixar breaks new ground with this film. However, audiences and critics are not noticing its freshness because this genre is so familiar and the film is so subtle. Brave asks its audience to think about values and society, just as Pixar’s Wall-E and The Incredibles did. However, Brave whispers when other Pixar films have been more outspoken. Continue reading