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Brave (Three-Disc Collector's Edition: Blu-ray / DVD)

Brave (Three-Disc Collector's Edition: Blu-ray / DVD)
Studio: Buena Vista
List Price: $39.99
Street Price: $24.99
Amazon.com: $18.99
Release Date: Nov 13, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Running Time: 93 minutes

Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late. -- (C) Disney

Brave might be the first foray in fairytale storytelling by Pixar but I’m sure it won’t be their last. Pixar has out done itself in regards to their visionary brilliance with yet another flawless entry into their movie library. There is plenty of eye candy for animated film fans. Pixar’s stunning animation swept me away to the lush highlands and misty forests of Scotland. But where the stunning animation of Pixar magic begins, unfortunately the storyline fails. By no means will this movie not be a Pixar/Disney classic, but it falls right into the stereotypical Disney plots of movies past. Pixar is known for its high-quality animation but it seems that Disney was too involved in the storytelling. Merida follows in the lines of Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and Jasmine, in the fact that she wants to follow her heart and change her destiny. Most of Pixar’s stories are engaging and feature interesting depth to their characters. Brave seemed to be lacking these qualities. I feel this movie leans more towards the Disney end of the spectrum than it does the Pixar side. I’m not suggesting that movie isn’t a good one, but I wouldn’t put it in the same class as Toy Story or Finding Nemo.

Posted by Ryan Gibbs, November 13, 2012 4:10 PM

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