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Posted: June 18, 2012, 10:33 am Quote

Better..... No longer 64% Fresh, the Rotten Tomatoes rating for "Brave" is bumped up a bit just a few days before wide release.  To 65% Fresh.  Hey, take your good news where and when you can find it!  Twenty reviews posted, a 13-7 split between Fresh and Rotten.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/brave_2012/

If it goes below 60% that's considered "Rotten" and would be Pixar's second "rotten" movie if it happens.  As it is now "Brave" is the lowest "Fresh" score of all the Pixar movies since "Toy Story" in 2005.

Background of Rotten Tomatoes scores for Pixar / Disney-Pixar films:

2012 "Brave" Prior to release as of Monday June 18, 2012: 65% Fresh (This will change as it gets closer to June 22, 2012 wide release and just after release.)
2011 "Cars 2" 38% Rotten
2010 "Toy Story 3" 99% Fresh
2009 "Up" 98% Fresh
2008 "WALL-E" 96% Fresh
2007 "Ratatouille" 96% Fresh
2006 "Cars" 74% Fresh
2004 "The Incredibles" 97% Fresh
2003 "Finding Nemo" 98% Fresh
2001 "Monsters, Inc." 95% Fresh
1999 "Toy Story 2" 100% Fresh
1998 "A Bug's Life" 92% Fresh
1995 "Toy Story" 100% Fresh

Average: 88.3% Fresh
Mean: 69% Fresh
Highest: "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" each at 100% Fresh
Lowest: "Cars 2" 38% Rotten

In order of Rotten Tomatoes score, best to worst:

"Toy Story", "Toy Story 2", "Toy Story 3", "Up", "Finding Nemo", "The Incredibles", "WALL-E", "Ratatouille", "Monsters, Inc.", "A Bug's Life", "Cars", "Brave", "Cars 2"
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Posted: June 18, 2012, 12:03 pm Quote

Soundtrack is available for purchase or download June 19, 2012, Tuesday prior to wide release of "Brave".  Do online searching about this for more info, this is but one link of many.

http://www.squidoo.com/disney-....8811473




The #1 movie in terms of box office in the US, two weeks in a row, is DreamWorks "Madagascar 3".  "Madagascar 3" has a higher Rotten Tomatoes reviews consensus score, at least for now, than "Brave" does, 75% vs. 65%.  Will audiences for the DreamWorks movie have had their fill and they are ready now for Disney-Pixar's "Brave" to make that #1 this weekend?  Or with just a 64%-65% Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes will "Brave" maybe not be #1 after all?
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Posted: June 19, 2012, 9:26 am Quote

More reviews got posted to RT.com.  Good news:  Last night the consensus was as high as 73% Fresh. This morning the bad news: It's fallen to 67% Fresh.  But at least "Brave" is still in Fresh score territory.  Scroll up in this Topic for the URL of "Brave"'s page at Rotten Tomatoes.  The movie opens in wide release Friday, June 22, 2012.  More reviews will be posted at RT.com between now and then so expect the score to roller coaster until all reviews are posted.
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Posted: June 19, 2012, 10:11 am Quote

Quote (CarolKoster @ June 19, 2012, 8:26 am)
More reviews got posted to RT.com.  Good news:  Last night the consensus was as high as 73% Fresh. This morning the bad news: It's fallen to 67% Fresh.  But at least "Brave" is still in Fresh score territory.  Scroll up in this Topic for the URL of "Brave"'s page at Rotten Tomatoes.  The movie opens in wide release Friday, June 22, 2012.  More reviews will be posted at RT.com between now and then so expect the score to roller coaster until all reviews are posted.

"Brave" has to be very brave in order to enter the whole room of Opening Weekend on June 22.  For it's genre or elements of it's characters or plot, or even for the competitive nature of annual summer movie box office, "Brave" already needs an oxygen mask because some of the oxygen is already sucked out of it's Opening Weekend room.  

Opening this weekend other than "Brave": Abraham Lincoln Vampire Huner, Seeking A Friend for The End of the World, To Rome With Love, The Last Ride, Grassroots, Nate & Margaret, Teri Meri Kahaani, Stella Days, Bro', Ordinary Miracles.  On June 21: The Dark Side of Love. On June 21: The Invisible War, Kumare'.  On June 23: Lila Lila (My Words, My Lies-My Love), Cybornetics.

Holdover big hits: Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted rated 75% at Rotten Tomatoes (higher than "Brave" and #1 in US box office two weeks in a row and first CGI family film of the summer) and Marvel's The Avengers (rated a LOT higher than "Brave" at 93%).

Similar movies or elements of movies similar to what you see in "Brave": Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games, Madagacar 3.

Of course the audience for "Brave" is different than the audiences for some of what is out now or the recent past or about to open, or certain similar genres or elements of recent films.  

However, in Hollywood the past couple of years if you follow movie news:  2011 Had a massive audience slump in attendance in theaters.  Trends are that Hollywood makes movies less US-centric in attitude or point of view or appeal and more to international audiences so that if a movie doesn't do that well in the US at least foreign box office can bouy it up.  And for Disney-Pixar there are press accounts of internal problems at Disney Studios: The massive flop "John Carter" was this year, that Studio President Richard Ross and promotion chief MT Carney left due to lackluster box office results, and that John Lasseter of Pixar wears multiple hats (head of Pixar, head of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Imagineering), and they have to gear their movies to more international audiences, park-merchandising tie-ins, etc.  And that last year "Cars 2" got the first Rotten rating at Rotten Tomatoes for a Pixar film and didn't match the success of "Cars" although it made money worldwide.  

A lot of the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes.com critique "Brave" for gorgeous visuals but a disappointing lack of story for a Pixar film from a studio with such profound stories as "Finding Nemo" and all three "Toy Story" movies and "Up" and others.

And I see "Brave", in part, as a throwback to 1990s Disney Feature Animation.  The revitalization of DFA were the films "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty & the Beast": Broadway-style musicals with strong independent female characters and based as in Walt's era on European fairy tales.  Disney moved from those to multi-national and multicultural films such as "Aladdin", "The Lion King" "Mulan" "Pocahontas" ""Hercules" Tarzan" "Brother Bear" and others.  Finally, DFA began to not have so many hits anymore and fell into decline it's only now climbing out of and which had a recent major success in "Tangled", a European fairy tale with a strong female lead and trying to make it to appeal also to boys, Disney's other recent campaign.  In "Brave" it's set in Scotland so the overseas box office slant gets covered, a strong female lead, and maybe not "fairy tale" but in the wlllow the wisps ethereal presence you've got the "Disney magic" covered, and in it's soundtrack it's not Broadway-style but it has a lot of Scottish music that has nothing to do with bagpipes.  

Will "Brave" be better than what the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes seem to indicate?





In the parks: Merida meet and greets have started.



Adventures by Disney:  Travel to Scotland to see the country and cities and also to see locations or cultural elements that are duplicated in "Brave" or inspired the filmmakers to put in "Brave".  Plus the country's tourism agencies are attempting to capitalize on the movie.
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Posted: June 19, 2012, 10:31 am Quote

In "Brave" movie trailers you see archer lead character Merida split an arrow in two on her target by shooting a second arrow precisely into it.

Busted.  Heh-heh, not her chest area, but being able to do that.

How is it bused?

Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" twice took on the premise that a skillful archer can shoot an arrow into a target, then shoot a second arrow so exactly it splits the first arrow in half.  The movie in question August 5, 2005 in Episode 36 "Killer Tissue Bax" was based on "The Adventures of Robin Hood".  Later they tried it again.

Episode 36 link….. bottom line is the myth was partly busted:  

http://mythbustersresults.com/episode36

It is possible to split an arrow perfectly down the middle with a second arrow like in the film The Adventures of Robin Hood.
PARTLY BUSTED
While it is certainly possible to rear-end an arrow with another, only a fiberglass arrow can be split down the middle (known as telescoping in archery circles). With a wooden arrow, even under the most ideal conditions, the best one can do is a partial split along the grain of the wood, and even that is improbable. They clearly showed that the film’s circumstances can be recreated using a hollow shaft, such as bamboo.
(This myth was revisited in episode 51 and it was re-busted.)

Episode 51 "Myths Reopened" April 26, 2006.

http://mythbustersresults.com/episode51

REVISITED: An wooden arrow can be split in half through a direct hit in the tail by another arrow. (From episode 36)
RE-BUSTED
Even after multiple direct hits on a solid wood arrow with the bone nock removed, a tail-to-tip split could not be achieved. It took an arrow made of hollow bamboo to create the splitting effect seen in the movie. Because with a normal arrow, the second arrow will follow the grain, which will lead to the side before it makes it to the end. Also their tests revealed that an arrow fired from a traditional bow wobbles in the air enough that it won’t hit the end of the arrow straight.

Enjoy the movie for it being a movie.  They show aspects of Scotland that are beautiful and ethereal and ancient cultured....  And Merida's skill is meant to impress those watching her as well as audiences with her skills and character, so it's there more for character development, plot forwarding, and to keep the audience's attention in the movie theater or home theater. But the arrow thing is Hollywood and Disney-Pixar movie magic.
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Looking better for "Brave" at Rotten Tomatoes:  As of midday Central time the day before wide release June 22, a solid Fresh score of 79% vs. a low Fresh score in the low-mid 60s mere days ago.  There are 48 reviews, of which 38 are Fresh, 10 are Rotten.  The score will keep fluctuating through next week, but that it's higher than "Cars" score is a good thing.  We may be accustomed to 90s Fresh scores for most Pixar films, but after last year's "Cars 2" Rotten score, we'll take 79% +/- Fresh anytime.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/brave_2012/
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Roller coaster scores at Rotten Tomatoes, now it's 73% Fresh, below what I just posted a short time ago above.  But still Fresh!

To see "Brave" in 3-D or not?  Spend the extra money on seeing Pixar's beautiful scenes in 3-D, or just find it in 2-D and keep money in pocket?

A review just of "To 3-D or not" is here:

http://www.cinemablend.com/new....78.html
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Two box office preview articles, plus at the end a list of links to reviews:

Box Office Mojo:

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3467&p=.htm

Forecast: Pixar Aims for 13th-Straight First Place Debut with 'Brave'
by Ray Subers

 
June 21, 2012

Coming off a somewhat quiet weekend, the box office should be revitalized a bit thanks to the release of Disney/Pixar's latest movie. Brave is set to open in a Pixar-record 4,164 locations, 2,790 of which will include 3D shows. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will also try to battle its way to solid grosses at 3,106 theaters (2,497 with 3D), but its target demographic is too narrow for it to really break out.

Meanwhile, Focus Features is releasing apocalyptic comedy/drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World at 1,618 venues, while To Rome with Love, Woody Allen's follow-up to Midnight in Paris, launches in a handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles.



It's impossible to discuss Brave's opening weekend potential without first reviewing the unprecedented history of Pixar Animation Studios. Beginning with Toy Story 2 in 1999, Pixar rattled off an incredible nine-straight $200 million movies, which culminated in 2010 with Toy Story 3 (their highest-grossing movie ever with $415 million). Aside from this incredible commercial success, the studio was also being praised for its artistic accomplishments: through their first 11 movies, Pixar racked up 39 Oscar nominations and 10 wins, including six of the first 10 Best Animated Feature awards. Last June's Cars 2, though, proved that Pixar isn't invincible. Not only did it end the company's $200 million streak, but it was also Pixar's first major creative disappointment—it's the company's only "rotten" movie on Rotten Tomatoes, and its only movie to have an IMDb rating below 7.0.



One dud doesn't kill a brand as strong as Pixar, though: many previews for Brave emphasize that it's from the same studio as Toy Story 3, Up and WALL-E, which is quite the compelling pitch. Otherwise, advertisements have made Brave look like a pretty standard princess movie, with the bow-and-arrow-wielding red-head Merida taking the place of more traditional Disney princesses like Snow White and Belle. That 21st-century approach to the princess story will certainly have strong appeal among younger girls and their mothers, though it's unlikely the movie connects with men in the same way as Pixar movies like Finding Nemo or The Incredibles.



Excluding Ratatouille, which was about rats in Paris, every Pixar movie for the past decade has opened to at least $60 million. Current expectations have Brave earning slightly less ($55-$60 million), though no matter what happens it will become Pixar's 13th-straight movie to open in first place.


For a while, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was looking like it could be a bomb on par with 2010's Jonah Hex—after all, it's opening at the exact same time, and also features a titular hero fighting off an army of foes hell-bent on conquering 19th century America. While its initial marketing material was a bit muddled, though, the latest round of commercials has been more successful in establishing the conflict between our country's 16th president and an undead army of vampires, and has also showcased some unique action. It's still only going to reach a very specific audience (young males old enough to buy R-rated tickets), but it should get a large portion of that group given Prometheus's steady decline and That's My Boy's disappointing start. Distributor 20th Century Fox is expecting between $15 and $16 million this weekend.



Debuting at only 1,618 theaters, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is targeting a much more modest opening than Brave or Abraham Lincoln. That's logical, considering the movie's apparent blend of comedy and apocalyptic drama looks like a tough sell. Steve Carell's presence should at least give the movie a bit of a boost: the actor helped similarly-tricky Dan in Real Life open to $11.8 million in 2007, and his brand has held up fine in the years since then. Seeking a Friend's best chance at true success is if it generates strong word-of-mouth coming out of opening weekend, though a 55 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes suggests that might not happen.



Woody Allen's To Rome With Love is opening at five locations—three in New York, two in Los Angeles—this weekend. Last year, Allen's Midnight in Paris had one of the best limited debuts ever with $599,003 at six theaters, and went on to set a new record for the writer-director with $56.8 million. While that's surely given the Allen brand a boost, the success of his movies is almost directly correlated to perceived quality. For example, Allen was hot coming off 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona ($23.2 million), but his next movie Whatever Works received a middling 50 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and wound up earning just $5.3 million. While To Rome with Love will benefit from a stronger cast and a higher-grossing predecessor, it also doesn't seem to be clicking with critics and, anecdotally, with those who saw the movie at its LA Film Fest premiere last week. Sony Pictures Classics is planning an aggressive expansion that culminates with a July 6 nationwide launch.



Weekend Forecast (June 22-24)


1. Brave - $64.7 million

2. Abraham Lincoln - $17.1 million

3. Madagascar 3 - $15.3 million (-55%)

4. Prometheus - $10.7 million (-48%)
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Seeking a Friend - $8.2 million



Bar for Success


It's okay if Brave misses the $60 million standard Pixar opening, though not by much—it really ought to be earning at least $50 million this weekend. With a very wide release and 3D ticket pricing, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter needs to earn a minimum of $20 million this weekend, while Seeking a Friend at the End of the World should be in good shape anywhere close to $10 million. 



End of Article.








The Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news....-340776

Box Office Preview: 'Brave' to Slay 'Abraham Lincoln' With About $60 Million
5:19 PM PDT 6/21/2012 by Pamela McClintock

The animated tentpole could hit $60 million in another win for Pixar; 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' expecting $15 million-$20 million opening, while the indie pic "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is eyeing $5 million-$7 million.

Vampires and America's greatest president will be no match for a redheaded Scottish princess at the domestic box office this weekend.

Pixar and Disney's Brave is on course to easily best 20th Century Fox's fantasy epic Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, as well as smaller indie player Seeking a Friend at the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.


Brave will play in a total of 4,164 theaters, the widest release ever for a Pixar title. The majority of those runs, 2,790, will be in 3D.

Most box-office observers are predicting a solid $55 million to $60 million opening for Brave -- the first Pixar title to feature a female heroine -- while some believe it could land in the $62 million range. That's lower than many of the company's titles, though Ratatouille only grossed $47 million in its debut yet went on to cume $206.4 million domestically.

The biggest question for Brave is how much sway it will have over boys. The storyline centers on the talented archer Merida, who makes a reckless choice that imperils her kingdom and forces her to set things right. Disney has specifically targeted the male demo by playing up the film's action.

Brave is the summer's second animated event pic after Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, from DreamWorks Animation and Paramount. Madagascar 3, benefiting from a pent-up demand for family product, opened to a sizable $60.3 million two weeks ago and has ruled the domestic box office since.

Pixar's previous film, Cars 2, debuted to $66.1 million on the same weekend a year ago. Among other Pixar entries, WALL-E opened to $63.1 million in summer 2008 and Up to $68.1 million in 2009. 

Abraham Lincoln is eyeing a debut in the $15 million to $20 million range. Fox won a heated bidding war for the project, which was shopped by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov, executive producer Tim Burton and writer Seth Grahame-Smith, upon whose book the film is based.

The movie is an important test for Bekmambetov, who hasn't made a movie since Wanted in 2008. That film became a box office sensation, grossing $341.5 million worldwide.

Abraham Lincoln, adapted for the big screen by Grahame-Smith and Simon Kinberg, also is an important test for what's called the "mashup" genre (Graham-Smith's book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is being developed into a film by Lionsgate).
In Abraham Lincoln, President Lincoln lives a secret life as a vampire hunter, a cause he's been dedicated to since his mother was killed by the undead. The problem is even bigger now, with vampires intent on taking over the United States.

Abraham Lincoln stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and cost close to $70 million to produce. It's tracking best among younger males, followed by older males.

Directed and written by Lorene Scafaria, Seeking a Friend is predicted to open in the $5 million to $7 million range. Indian Paintbrush produced the film, with Focus Features distributing domestically.

The indie film, which only goes out in 1,618 runs, cost $5 million to produce. The plot revolves around Dodge (Carell), who hits the road in search of his high school sweetheart after news breaks that a laser sent into space to prevent an asteroid from hitting Earth has failed. He's accompanied on the journey by Penny (Knightley).

End of Article.








Reviews:

Rotten Tomatoes: Opening Weekend Friday morning consensus is now down again from up and down roller coaster, to 69% Fresh, but this time a score of 84% of those who've actually seen the movie like it.  The scores will continue to fluctuate as more reviews get added and as more RT.com community members actually see the movie.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/brave_2012/

Metacritic: Metascore 68 out of 100, Reviews range from a score of 100 to a low score of 40.

http://www.metacritic.com/movie/brave

Movie Mom at BeliefNet.com : A+

http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/2012/06/brave.html

Kids In Mind:  2 Sex and Nudity, 4 Violence and Gore, 1 Profanity :

http://www.kids-in-mind.com/b/brave.htm

Plugged In, a media review service for families by Dr. Charles Dobson's Focus On The Family: Positive review, notes some parts can be scary, but compared to prior standards of excellence of Pixar films "Brave" is a disappointment.

http://www.pluggedin.com/movies/intheaters/brave.aspx

Catholic News Service (replaces US Conference of Catholic Bishops) :  No review yet.





Track box office at Box Office Mojo.com, "Brave" production budget was $185 million.  It's original title was "Bear and the Bow".

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=bearandthebow.htm


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Catholic News Service review:  

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/12mv069.htm

Rotten Tomatoes is on the upswing of it's roller coaster reviews consensus, now up to 73% Fresh.  Up and down, up and down, as newer reviews get posted to the site to change the average.  At least it's still in Fresh territory.  

Movie sites speculate that "Brave" will earn $55-$60 million Opening weekend and "beat" handily nearest opening weekend challenger "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter".
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Rich and I saw 4:40 PM 2-D movie of "Brave".  Mostly but not 100% sold out, a lot of parents/adults with children ages 10-11 years old and under.  Trailers included re-release of "Finding Nemo", (not much audience reaction) "Monsters University" (aka "Monsters, Inc. 2", a lot of positive audience reaction, trailer looks funny and great ! ) , "Wreck It Ralph" from Disney Feature Animation (Rich likes this, I'm iffy about it since it has as it's premise old arcade machine video games circa 1970s-1980s.... who's going to relate to that in 2012 who actually buys movie tickets?? ), "Despicable Me 2", "The Hobbit" (trailer looks superb ... imagine this in 3-D !  And the return of CGI Gollum "my precious" ) "Hotel Transylvania" (meh ) and geez there seemed to be a dozen trailers for family flicks !

Pixar cartoon short "La Luna" :  If you find the reviews for "Brave" or the movie itself disappointing, your faith in Pixar will be richly restored 1,000+% by "La Luna".  This is every bit in the realm of "Disney magic" and "Pixar magic", superlative words such as "charm" "beauty" "imagination" "awe" "touch the heart" "feed the secular soul" "uplift" "art" "visual poetry".  At our matinee showing of "Brave" there were so many trailers you just had to have already arrived and come from the concession stand and be settled in your seat in time for "La Luna" cartoon short to start. "La Luna" is a tonic and a balm for whatever ails you inside, deep inside.  Outstanding.... And "La Luna" I sincerely hope will win Oscar Short Animation and any other Annie Awards this February 2013 for short animated film.

Rich's take on "Brave": Strongly disliked most of it, did like parts of it, would grade the movie a C on a scale of A, B, C, D or F.  :thumbsdown:

My take on it:   :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :pixiedust:  :pixiedust: LOVED IT !  On a scale of Rotten Tomatoes I'd grade "Brave" a mid-high 80s Fresh, higher than it's present critics consensus score of low 70s.  Rotten Tomatoes community members who actually saw the movie rate it 84%, and I'd grade it higher, maybe 88-89.5%.

I'm the mother of a teenage boy who's starting to experiment with independence but is still dependent and who does Boy Scouts which teaches character traits, leadership, self-sufficiency and to be positive and try new things.  

Although the movie is about the relationship between a queen-mom of a teenage girl and her daughter-independent-minded princess who needs at some point to step up, own her life, and take responsibility, the general "parent of a teen vs. teen and for both sides to mutually respect and get on same pages with each other" deeply resonated with me.  I remember being a teenage daughter.... I am now the mom of a teenage boy.  And to a lot of extent it doesn't matter gender, raising a teen is tough.  It can be combative.  it can be trying: How much slack do I as a parent cut?  Do I do it for son myself to save the time and angst, or give him the reins, let him learn by doing even if the learning is bumpy and takes a while to do?  When he protests, how much of that do I take, or in fact should I look harder and realize in fact he may be the one 100% right this time?  Whoever put "Brave" together or brought it together after the female producer or director they had quit or was let go (truth) found the central idea of this story of what it is to raise a teen, and let that central idea be portrayed.  I cried a couple of times through "Brave", tears of a mom who had this wonderful movie to identify with, and to also see moments that after the trials, arguments, tears and struggles your offspring growing up that bit more than before and doing you proud in front of a bunch of strangers...that's when you realize "I did parenting right" and your heart shines with pride not for what you did, but meeting your teen as a young adult-in-process-of-becoming for the first or early times of it.

Hang in there, raising your teens through the teenage years.  Pray.  That is a fault of the movie, no faith in it.  But if you're a person of faith, pray for wisdom, guidance and good influences for you as parent, and for guidance and good fellowship for your teen and who your teen's friends and friends' families are as they work through contemporary culture, a lot of which is toxic to character formation.

Animation was superb, superb, superb !  Music was superb, too.

I recommend the movie, particularly if you are the parent of an adolescent.  If you are the mother of a teenage girl, then yes, do see "Brave" and drag her with you.... then go out to a mom-daughter tea or luncheon or meal, whatever, and talk it over, use this as a door opening and bonding opportunity to get on same pages with your teen and teen daughter.

Flaws?  "Brave" has some.  I think too much slapstick, ruins the mood.  Also very open showing of butts and butt cracks (not butt jokes, but the showing of buttocks cheeks and the crack between buttocks, yes, in a Disney-Pixar film).  Scotland has legends, stories and myths, but also has religious faith, and no religious faith was touched in this movie.  There's a reference to voice mail which brings too much contemporary culture into the movie, but oh well....

"Brave" is not "Up" "Ratatouille" "Toy Story 1, 2 or 3" "WALL-E" or "Finding Nemo"...... BUT..... It's very much it's own, out of the mold, unique work.  

Idea:  With so much remaking of the story of "Snow White" by other studios this year, I wonder if they gave the story of "Snow White" to the folks at Pixar, oh gosh how beautiful it would be!!!!!!  

Closing credits:  Stay through for two things:  A will'o the wisp tribute to the late CEO of Apple Computers and Pixar, Steve Jobs.  And at the very end of the closing credits, a final Easter Egg scene of the delivery arranged for during the movie actually arriving.

My review:   :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :pixiedust:  :pixiedust:
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