{4.5/5} “But every once in a while, there’s a day when I don’t have to be a princess. No lessons, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day when I can change my fate.”

If you’ve seen the trailer for Brave, you have an idea what it’s like — with a dash of magic. Merida is 15 — she’s more interested in archery and riding her horse than learning the finer points of being a princess. But when suitors come to compete for her hand in marriage, she decides she really doesn’t want to marry any of them.

Brave, released in 2012

This is Pixar’s latest animated movie, and their first with a female main character. It’s a beautiful movie, and I encourage you to see it in the theatre if you get a chance. I don’t know what the 3D looked like but the 2D looked pretty three dimensional to me. One reviewer apparently said that the movie is worth watching just for Merida’s flowing curly hair — it’s true that her hair is amazing.

The short film that precedes Brave in theatres is La Luna — it’s a sublime 7-minute film directed by Enrico Casarosa (a storyboard artist).

Merida is a very appealing main character. Her father is interested in getting revenge on the bear that took his leg. Her mother is interested in having her family keep the traditions of their clan. And her three young brothers are interested in getting treats any way they can. The movie is funny and touching.

I liked the Scottish flavoured music by Patrick Doyle (Henry V), particularly “Merida’s Home.”

Kelly Macdonald (Gosford Park) does a fabulous job bringing Merida to life. Billy Connolly (The X-Files: I Want to Believe) and Emma Thompson (Dead Again) play the King and Queen. Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone), Craig Ferguson (How to Train Your Dragon), and John Ratzenberger (the TV show Cheers) also provide voices.

The movie was directed by Mark Andrews (the short One Man Band) and Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt).

There’s a brief scene at the end of the credits (I was the only one in my theatre to see it).

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