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Well, I guess it’s time for me to give my thoughts regarding this year’s best animated feature (according to the Oscars), “Brave”!

Pixar’s 13th animated feature seems to travel down the Disney road more than the usual Pixar highway, and that’s not a problem in my opinion!

The film takes place in Scotland where a young princess Merida lives with her mother, Queen Elinor,

Does anything say "mother-daughter bonding" like mandolin lessons?

Does anything say “mother-daughter bonding” like mandolin lessons?

her father, King Fergus,

Trust me, he's a lot more funnier and enjoyable than this picture seems to show!

Trust me, he’s a lot more funnier and enjoyable than this picture seems to show!

and her three rapscallion, mischievous brother triplets, Harris, Hamish, and Hubert.

Imagine "Dennis the Menace" raised to the third power!

Imagine “Dennis the Menace” raised to the third power!

The problem is that Merida does not like the princess lifestyle which brings her to clash with her mother’s views quite often. This escalates to the tipping point when her hand in marriage is being sought by three suitors of three different Scottish clans. She doesn’t want marriage, but her mother wants her to get married.

This leads to Merida meeting a witch to get her mother to change her viewpoint by eating a dessert of some kind. The plan backfires when the dessert causes Queen Elinor to physically change into a bear!

"You want me to appear in a canonical Disney sequel? I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!"

“You want me to appear in a canonical Disney sequel? I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!”

No, a quite frightening bear!

"I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!"

“I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me! Well, YOU BETTER LIKE ME!”

No, a sometimes amicable, sometimes frightening bear!

"You like me? You like me! You really like me!"

“You like me? You like me! You really like me!”

This leads to Merida and Queen Elinor having to get the spell reversed and a wonderful mother/daughter story!

So, What did I like about this film? Well, the animation is superb and Pixar lives up to its reputation! You can really feel each strand of Merida’s hair! You can feel and see the depth of the castle, both inside and out! You can see the monstrosity in the evil bear’s face!

Oh yeah, did I forgot to mention there's an evil bear named Mor'du?

Oh yeah, did I forgot to mention that there’s an evil bear named Mor’du?

Another commendation to the film was the surprisingly good voice actors! I strongly believe Emma Thompson should’ve won the “Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Presentation” or at least have been nominated for it! But, Kelly Macdonald was great too, and I’m glad she was nominated! Even Billy Connolly as King Fergus came out great, much to my surprise!

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Billy Connolly, you are forgiven for “Pocahontas”!

Even Craig Ferguson could’ve been a more annoying celebrity voice actor than he actually was!

"Oh come on, admit it! You love me as a voice actor, don't you?"

“Oh come on, admit it! You love me as a voice actor, don’t you?”

The only voices that I didn’t like were Julie Walters and Steve Purcell as the witch and the crow, respectively! I hated their voices! It seemed so mismatched! Heck, I hated their characters; they seemed so out-of-place! And from what I understand, they weren’t meant to be in the original version of the film when Brenda Chapman was set to direct, but I don’t know how true that is!

"Maybe we should give the dessert to 'The Animation Commendation' instead?"

“Maybe we should give the dessert to ‘The Animation Commendation’ instead?”

What else didn’t I like about the movie? Well, the story was a bit…I don’t want to say rushed…but maybe condensed? The time spent when the Queen is a bear is surprisingly short and I don’t honestly believe that they give enough time for Merida and her father to go through changes of hearts and viewpoints! When they finally do (SPOILER ALERT, but not such a big surprise), it seems pretty much out of nowhere!

Even the back story around the evil bear seems like it could’ve been expounded on! But, I guess that’s why Pixar released the short film, “The Legend of Mor’du”!

Not the best animated short, but worth a look-see!

Not the best animated short, but worth a look-see!

Other than that, I quite love this movie! I’m not sure if it deserved the “Academy Award for Best Animated Feature”; I still have to see “Wreck-It Ralph” before I make up my mind about that!

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