Brave. I’ve been watching and waiting for this Disney•Pixar movie for a long time. Oh, so have my 8 year old twin daughters, don’t get me wrong. (One of them is such a Disney fan that she watches Disneyland, Disney World and Disney Cruise Line infomercials on Netflix… every day. EVERY day. She is a veritable 4 foot tall “Mickeypedia” on every ride, park and cruise amenity.) But this one really sparked my imagination, and curiously my husband’s imagination as well.
The idea of the strong, intelligent and rebellious young woman appeals to me. Well, perhaps not the “rebellious” part as it might pertain to the relationship between my daughters and myself. But certainly, the intelligent and strong parts are key, and without a little rebellion progress stagnates, doesn’t it? So bring on the rebellious. Curiously, it was my hubby that first told me about the film last summer, and he mentioned it sounded like this heroine, Merida, had the makings of a good heroine. Poor guy. He is the father of three girls, one female dog, and until recently, one female hamster (R.I.P.). He has seen The Little Mermaid more times than I have, and is a big fan of Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast and Mulan. (All true!) He can spot a great Disney movie when he sees one. I, for one, was on a British Isles kick at the time, having just devoured Bernard Cornwell’s Agincourt, the entire Saxon Stories series, and Stonehenge. Plus, I had fallen in love with the foreign film The Secret of Kells, so a heroic story taking place in Scotland was right up my alley.
So, what is the movie about? It looks like Merida, daughter of a Scottish daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson) decides to defy an ancient custom revered by the lords of the region, and in doing so enlists the help of a local witch. Now, if Merida had had the opportunity to watch a Disney movie prior to enlisting the help of the cackling conjurer, she would certainly have thought twice. Such women usually spell trouble in the world of “Princesses” (see The Princess and the Frog, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, etc.) When will they learn? Kick in little brothers… three of them… TRIPLETS… and you know it’s going to be a mess.
But Merida is more than a “Princess”. She’s a heroine. And I am looking forward to seeing it on opening day, June 22, 2012 with the twins, my twelve year old (don’t tell her Middle School classmates), and… my husband. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
Can’t wait ’til June 22? Watch the trailers! They broch er… rock!!