Walt Disney Pictures – Pixar | 2012 | Rated PG | 100 minutes
Pixar is back…after the disappointing Cars 2 Pixar has redeemed themselves with a wonderful tale of a brave Scottish princess Merida (voiced by Kelly MacDonald) who tries to make her own way – away from tradition. The first thing I noticed about this Disney film is that Merida’s parents are BOTH alive! This is definitely a departure for the House of Mouse and a refreshing one at that.
This story also marks the first time a female is the lead/hero. She is not saved by some prince, she is not a simpering mess – this girl is headstrong and mouthy and a potentially wonderful role models for little girls! This is a classic story of the strife a teenage daughter can cause a mother and vice versa. In this instance the mother is a Queen and the daughter a Princess – but we daughters (some of whom are also mothers) can relate.
There is some twisty goodness in the movie that leads the mother daughter bond to be torn apart and then re-built – but it would be a spoiler to give it away. Suffice to say this is a wonderful film to share with your daughters, sons, moms and dads alike. Escaping into far away Scotland for the visually beautiful tale is well-worth the short 100 minute running time. You won’t regret the time spent.