During the screening of Brave, there were times that I forgot I was watching an animated movie. I’m still not sure if that is high praise for the artistry or the technology. By far, the film is incredibly impressive as a work of art. If you’ve seen any of the advertising for the film, then you know that Merida’s hair is its own character (well, not really, but it garners a lot of attention) and plays so well against the muted colors that make up the Scottish landscape. There were times that I was marveling about her hair and lost where I was in the film.
One thing that Pixar does so much better than anyone else is creating a caricatured human character that does not look out of place in the photo-realistic world. Animals have always been much easier to animate, regardless of the medium, and it took years for animators to create believable human characters. Brave has reached a new height in animating human characters. By far, King Fergus, even though he was a bear of a character, still seemed to be the most grounded in reality; he seemed less of a caricature than the others.
I took my wife and two boys to see the film. The boys are 13 and 8 and have seen most of the Disney/Pixar films in the theaters. I did leave the theater with the impression that the film was a little violent for the under five set. My wife disagreed and felt that most kids would be okay with the fight scenes in the film’s climax. Most of the time that violence was displayed, it was in a darkened area, at night or in the heavy fog, so it wasn’t as prevalent. There were some frightening moments with the villain of the story and the scenes reminded me of the wolf attack in Beauty and the Beast.
My eight year-old thought the film was exciting and funny. He laughed during the funny parts and was completely engrossed. I have a meter that I gauge films on based on my youngest’s response. If he doesn’t ask for a bathroom break, then I know he is enjoying it. He asked to go to the bathroom twice during Cars 2. He didn’t move from his seat during The Muppets or the Avengers. He also asked about buying a bow and arrow set. I feel so sorry for our dogs! The thirteen year-old denied to comment saying that it would be too embarrassing to be quoted in his dad’s column. Sigh. But he was smiling and laughing during the film.
So, did I like the film?
I really did. I went into the movie knowing that it was going to be spectacular and visually stunning. I had high hopes for the story, since this is a Pixar film. When I left the theater, I felt charmed but not exuberant. It really is a story about family, like most Pixar films and the focus really is on the mother-daughter relationship. Being the parent of a teenager, I could really relate to the King and Queen as parents in the film.
The characters were well-designed and well-acted. Pixar knows how to make a character grow and feel alive. The voices were superb and I never focused on the actor more than the character. The plot did seem more like a Disney film as opposed to what we have seen with Pixar. It was still better than most films, but I felt like I wanted more from Pixar. The surprise was that they had some great characters with the triplets and their screen time wasn’t as much as I would have enjoyed.
This movie is still going to generate a lot of press for the Company and a lot of money. With the slate of other animated films due out this summer, it does have some competition. But even looking at the previews, the other films won’t be able to touch the depth of beauty that this film attains. Or even the story, as a guess.
What did you think of Brave?
By George Taylor
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COMMUNICORE WEEKLY 38TH WEEKAVERSARY
EPCOT 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Come celebrate EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary in style with a live taping of MiceChat’s Communicore Weekly! Join co-hosts Jeff Heimbuch & George Taylor, along with MiceChat’s Dusty Sage, Kevin Yee, and the Communicore Weekly Orchestra, for a fun-filled night of fandom and frivolity as they tape a special hour long episode of the hit show, Communicore Weekly.
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- Admission into the live taping of CW in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT (note: admission into the park is NOT included)!
- Meet special guest, Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder!
- Decadent dessert reception!
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- Prizes, giveaways and more!
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- Endless Five Legged Goats and perhaps even a real life Bathroom Break!
- Exclusive late night ride after park closing on a selected EPCOT attraction to cap off the evening!