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Merida: Kelly Macdonald
Fergus: Billy Connolly
Elinor: Emma Thompson
Lord Dingwall: Robbie Coltrane
Lord Macintosh: Craig Ferguson
Review June 2012

After many stories involving toys, fish, cars, and superheroes, Pixar sets its sights on a long standing Disney tradition with the story of a princess. The film is Brave and the princess is Merida, a tomboy and expert archer with flowing red hair. Unhappy that her mother, Queen Elinor, is forcing her into an arranged marriage, Merida employs the talents of an old witch to change her circumstances. However, as is usually the case, the well intended wish turns into a curse - one that requires the utmost bravery to reverse. Unlike most Pixar films that dazzled audiences with brave new worlds, stories, and colorful characters, Brave feels a bit lethargic, opting for fairy tale routines. Still, the hallmark of Pixar is the visual delight. And here, the Scottish Highlands come alive in breathtaking detail. With a poignant mother-daughter arc, Brave shows signs of brilliance - an adventure that is both familiar and fun.

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