Date: 6/26/2012 5:17:00 PM
Netflix Summary: Scottish princess Merida uses her archery skills to establish her independence, but when she accidentally angers the ancient land's three powerful lords and is granted a poorly conceived wish by a witch, she must go on a quest to repair the damage.
Never really enjoyed Disney's princess – fairytales. Maybe some episodes of Mermaid The Little Mermaid, but never a feature-length take. Whatever doubts I had about Pixar going down the same road were dispelled by the lovely trailer – and some really good archery, even the bad archery is done so well.
Yes, this does not rise to the heights that Up or Wall-e scaled. Neither is it as original as many of Pixar films, nor is it seeped in pop culture like many of recent animation films. But, nevertheless, it is a clever entertainer. Pixar's first female lead will easily find her place next to Disney's classic princess – and maybe find a few more admirers.
The basic plot of Brave borrows from classic fairytales, but turning the princess into a tomboy who takes after her father was a brilliant twist. Grown-ups may find it underwhelming, but children and the so-called young-adult are going to love this.
The visuals are beautifully done. The Scottish landscape is beautifully captured, the hills could never be this beautiful in live-action, and the animation is lively. The hair-effects are beautifully done, and they never show-off these - always part of the picture, just hair. The 3D doesn't matter at all – you would experience it exactly the same in either format.
A fun watch. Also, the short screened before the film - La Luna - proves Pixar still has the imagination the were known for before Cars 2 happened. They will surely be back with great works.