I'll try to say this and have it make sense without having spoilers. Brave is the prettiest movie to look at Pixar has ever made. The visuals are so good that you have to stop and remember someone animated this! Not filmed! Someone created this! Yeah, it's breathtaking.
The story isn't really Pixar standards, but that doesn't make it bad. Up and Ratatouille are very similar, (again, trying not to spoil) but the way they move along towards a goal and then there's finally conflict at the end. That's all I'll say. There's an awkward turn halfway through the story that was very Disney, and I wasn't counting on it, but you put your head down and power through it and it becomes very satisfying by the end.
Also, I don't know if it was the people I was with, or the general crowd in the theater, or just me being in a good mood, but I found the first half of the movie hilarious! Anyone else?