July 7, 2012
Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) draws back her bowstring to prove her mettle in “Brave.” The movie is the 13th feature from animation studio Pixar, and focuses on a Scottish princess who longs for freedom instead of the life her parents have planned for her.
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It’s all well and good to break conventions, but there’s a time and place for everything. Considering the subject matter and production details of Pixar’s latest movie, “Brave,” this seems like a guideline that would bear close scrutiny. As the eldest daughter of Clan DunBroch, Scottish princess Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) has her whole life already plotted out for her by her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), who expects her child to follow in her footsteps and enter into an arranged marriage with one of the neighboring families, with which she and her husband, King Fergus (Billy Connolly), must patch up relations. The rebellious teenage girl shows less enthusiasm for that custom as she does for the many other restrictions that have been placed on her during her life simply because of her gender, filling her days with dull classroom lessons instead of the freedom of outdoors she craves. When Merida undoes years of tradition by humiliating her potential suitors on the archery pitch, it causes a huge rift between her and her mother, who’s shamed by her daughter’s outspokenness.