Just wondering, what did you think of Brave?
I like Brave a lot, I think it’s one of the better recent Disney movies and that it gets overlooked because it focuses on Merida as an unconventional heroine rather than as a typical Disney princess.
Brave is interesting because it deviates from the traditional “male obstacle” paradigm employed in many Disney movie. Granted, the plot does rest on Merida’s pending marriage, but, to me at least, it never feels like the movie is about whether or not Merida is going to have to marry, but rather about how Merida is going to fix her relationship with her mother so she doesn’t have to marry. The men throughout serve as more comic relief than actual threat, and the one true physical threat, Mor’du, is downplayed in light of the emotional threat of Merida losing her mother to the curse.
Going forward from that, the movie actually nearly eliminates all obstacles to present the concept of “mending the bond.” When Merida goes to the witch to try and change her mother, the witch is not only female but also provides Merida with a cake instead of a potion, a stereotypically female item, which is purchased with a necklace. Nothing about Merida’s interactions with the witch have any male symbolism, which emphasizes the idea that the conflict within the film is strictly feminine. However, Elinor still transforms into a large bear, like Mor’du, which presents pride as an identical beast, if you will, no matter who—the human Mor’du or Merida—the emotions are attached to. Which is a really interesting move on Disney’s behalf, as it equalizes the emotions of both men and women within a highly gynocentric film.
Brave is darker than other Disney movies, and it has been argued that the lack of a love interest actually detracts from the plot, but I think that the plot and the overall symbolism present within the movie make it extremely interesting and help to push the plot in a different, more complex direction than other Disney films. For me, the serious undertones make for a much stronger movie than Frozen, which I still liked but not nearly as much and for different reasons.
This about sums up how I feel about the Merida changes.
I wasn’t aware of these changes and now that I am, I am extremely disappointed in Disney.
And props to the woman who did this video.
Thank you Disney. It took 70 years and a push from Pixar, but you FINALLY gave us a mother/daughter adventure.
Bless you for not killing her/making her evil/pushing her off to the side.
I just want to take a moment to have some serious gushing about the symbolism in this movie, because this gifset is actually really good for it. I was watching the commentary the other day after buying this movie, and there’s a point where they mention how you can TELL Elinor used to be feisty and quite fiery in her youth, much like her very headstrong daughter, but everything about her now is that of a dignified lady who has had to rein herself in to be the diplomat for their kingdom.
Early in the film, you see her walk in a very closed fashion. She holds herself tightly, does not gesture broadly, rarely speaks up. Even her weighted, heavy dress and the way she wears her hair show her as being restrained by the duties she has put upon herself.
Then… the events of the movie occur, and in the end, you see her in a loose flowing dress that seems almost more like something Merida would wear. She’s excitable, going out and doing things with her daughter, and her long hair is no longer tied back, but instead neatly pinned and flowing. In essence, Elinor herself opened up. She let go and found herself becoming more accepting.
Merida wasn’t the only person who learned a lesson about family and responsibility in this movie. Elinor learned that she had to let go now and then in order to relate to, and to understand, her daughter better. It wasn’t just Merida growing up, it was Elinor finding that middle ground and standing firmly on it, supporting her daughter’s beliefs when she realized that Merida wasn’t the only one who hadn’t listened.
She hadn’t, either, and Merida was not the only one at fault. The result was not just a one sided lesson, but a beautiful, rounded story of a mother and a daughter finding out that their differences are what really make them so alike, and finding that place to stand together. Maybe they won’t always see eye to eye, but they’ve now learned that they must have open conversation and understanding to hold their family together, and both women grew up immensely in that moment of realization.
In short: it’s not just my own Scottish heritage that makes me love this movie. It’s that this film is so indicative of the relationships so many young women feel themselves in with their mothers, and I personally am no exception. Elinor and Merida speak to women and daughters everywhere, young and old, and the lesson they learn is one we can all adhere to, no matter how hard it sometimes feels to accept that.
I have something in my eye.
Remember when I went to go see this movie with my mom and she had no idea what it was going to be about because she wanted to see “snow white and the huntsman” instead? And then ALL WE DID WAS HOLD HANDS AND CRY???
#it was an arranged marriage right #so what if they met for the first time and fergus was a total blushing stammering human disaster #and elinor was so terrified by the whole thing she just clung to her courtesies and hoped for the best #and that night at dinner elinor’s escort (who was kind of old and sleepy obvs) fell asleep and faceplanted into the soup #and they just looked at each other and burst out laughing #and all was well
WHY IS THIS SO ADORBS
but btw i love how brave unlike many disney movies addresses the arranged marriage problem like YEA this was a part of history and it’s ok
so you’re saying I need to see this movie, right? I have such a weird thing for arranged marriages that turn into sincere romances and this fanart is all the right types of cute
Pixar spent nearly three years developing two unique software systems for Merida’s hair: one program coordinated the movement of 1,500 separate curls, the other created a seamless relationship between Merida’s hair and her movements.
Back from Brave. This is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen in my life. The characters, the music, the animation… This was AWESOME!
Brave “Hair Study” (~1hr) - by Sam Spratt
Saw a screening of Pixar’s “Brave” last night, really dug the crazy gingerness going on so I wanted to try a quick study of those flowing locks. My thoughts on the film are here.