My Disney Pixar’s BRAVE Review – Did My 3 and 5 Year Old Enjoy Brave?

Last week, we were able to attend a pre-screening of the movie Brave.

Or as my children call the film, “The Brave Girl Movie” ;)

Here’s some background on the film:

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

First off, the movie is gorgeous! It’s funny and witty and I think that Scotland offers a beautiful backdrop for any film (animated or not).

My 5 year old loved the movie. He laughed out loud SO hard at so many parts and he just had the best time! My nephews (ages 4 and 6) were there as well and they seemed to really enjoy the film too.

I was most excited for my 3 year old daughter to see the film because I thought she’d identify with the Brave girl! She definitely loved Merida, BUT the movie was a bit too scary for her in some parts. Bears and other ferocious creatures make her pretty nervous, so she spent a decent part of the movie with her head buried in my shoulder.

At the end of the film though, she said she really liked it and that she loved “The Brave Girl” ;) .

I think the film is great for the whole family, but be sure you know your kids. If you have a little one that gets scared easily by bears roaring…you might wait until they get just a bit older.

Brave is a movie we will definitely purchase when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray and I bet it’s a movie my daughter and I will watch together over and over again. It’s really a tale of a princess who falls in love with…her mother! No pesky princes in this film (well there are some, but they certainly aren’t the dashing kind LOL), this is a love story between mother and daughter and it’s beautiful to watch. 

Here’s my husband’s review: “It may not have the grand sense of adventure one might expect from some of the trailers (and possibly the title alone), but it’s an endearing film about family and the important bonds we share with each other, and the oft ignored difference between bravery and pride.”

I hope you enjoy seeing Brave in theaters starting TODAY June 22, 2012!

Disclaimer: My family was provided with tickets to a free pre-screening of the film in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and my kids!

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