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Running Time:
1 hour, 33 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some scary action and rude humor

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A rousing, funny fantasy adventure with surprising depth.

Additional Info:
featuring the voices of:
Kelly Macdonald ... Merida
Billy Connolly ... Fergus
Emma Thompson ... Elinor
Julie Walters ... The Witch
Robbie Coltrane ... Lord Dingwall
Kevin McKidd ... Lord MacGuffin
Callum O'Neill ... Wee Dingwall
Patrick Doyle ... Martin
John Ratzenberger ... Gordon
Steve Purcell ... The Crow
Craig Ferguson ... Lord Macintosh

In this computer-animated fantasy/adventure, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) is a medieval princess, the daughter of raucous King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and stately Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). But, her way of thinking is considerably more enlightened than either of her parents. She's also a skilled archer, much to her mother's embarrassment and her father's pride. She has little interest in the stuffy refinements of proper princess decorum. She'd rather be like her little brothers, a set of hellion triplets who are allowed to get dirty, cause trouble, and make lots of noise.

Merida is particularly outraged by the custom of intermarrying among the kingdom's clans, whereby she, as the king's daughter, will be betrothed to whichever lunkhead suitor best proves himself in a contest of skill among all the clan leaders' sons. It is on this point that Merida and Elinor, who have already clashed the way that all teenage girls and their mothers do, simply cannot agree. Neither will budge.

Brave. directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews is focused more on adventure than humor, though there is some comedy, and the action moves swiftly enough. What the film is missing is the crackling dialogue that has marked almost every previous Pixar film. The characters may be speaking in lovely Scottish accents, but most of what they're saying is basically superficial.


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