June 26, 2012
Brave - fiery adventure fun to see. but another cliched Disney story.
Pixar's 'First Princess Film' marketing enticed viewers and myself into expecting turn-of-the century animation for heroines. That expectation was what led me to a saddening disappointment. Like opening a greatly desired bag of chips to find out my bag was only 1/3 full - the rest is air.
If you've seen too many Disney stories, this is another to tack on top of the stack of similar storied films. it isn't a bad animation, fresh culture background - Scottish; fiery heroine; funny, love-able characters, great graphics, it is fun for the family with a strong family bond theme. A Pixar classic, but in no way a turn-of-the-century piece. The development team had a fantastic idea, a way to start and end, and ideas for advertising, but when it came time to deliver results for an actual powerful middle, they gave up from all the pressure and chose plan B - a cliched fantasy, children's film. Maybe allowing Disney to tag along was Pixar's big mistake. Read more here [BLOCKED WEBSITE]
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