Box art for Brave


  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

anime & animation, children & family

Pixar Animation Studios whisks you away on an astonishing adventure to an ancient land full of mystery and tradition.

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5

Mother-daughter princess tale has some very scary scenes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brave is pretty scary for a "princess movie," especially for kids under 7 and/or those who are very sensitive to peril. Several intense sequences involve a large angry bear that attacks the main characters -- which are even more so when seen in 3-D -- and (possible spoiler alert) a possibly disturbing but mostly comical transformation of a mother into a bear. A moment when the mom-turned-bear temporarily forgets she's human and growls at her daughter could upset younger kids. There's also a lot of brawling among the Scotsmen, who use both weapons (arrows, swords, etc.) and their bodies (fists, teeth) on each other. The first Pixar movie to revolve around a female main character, Brave does have a strong message about family relationships and open communication between parents and kids (particularly mothers and daughters). There's no romance for Princess Merida, but you can expect a few jokes about men being naked under their kilts; a couple of scenes even include quick glimpses of naked cartoon bums belonging to men and three young boys. Although there are no product placements in the movie, there's a ton of Brave merchandise available, particularly aimed at girls.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what kind of princess Merida is. How does she compare to the other Disney princesses? How is her story similar to and different from theirs?
  • Kids: Did you find the movie scary? How does it compare to other princess/animated movies you've seen?
  • This could be the first princess movie in which there's no romance. What do you think of the shift in focus from love story to mother-and-daughter tale? Do you think that makes Brave more appealing to more people?
  • Brave has strong female role models, but what about the men/boys? Which male characters do you think are portrayed as role models?
  • Kids: What made you want to see this movie -- the story, or all the product tie-ins? Do kids want a product because Merida is pictured on it?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Youngsters with a taste for adventure will no doubt overlook the movie's workmanlike outlines and applaud its spirited, self-reliant heroine, who proves to be as appealingly unruly as her tumble of Titian curls.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 22, 2012

Fresh: The story for this revisionist fairy tale, which promotes contemporary attitudes about parenting and gender equality, is less inspired than usual for Pixar, but the movie upholds the studio's high standard of computer animation.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Monday, November 18, 2013

Fresh: The story, with its patchwork of plots (involving feuding clans and disastrous spells), holds together enough to thrill intermittently.

- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Monday, July 2, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

img]] While it is somewhat dissapointing by Pixar's incredibly strict standards and unmemorable in comparison to their masterpieces, Brave is nonetheless a charming, heartwarming tale with a fantastically convincing voice cast and awe inspiring, wonderfully crisp, absolutely stunning CGI animation. Although I felt the film was beggining to get a bit overly sentimental in the second half rather than emotionally involving, it's a perfect blend of comedy, action, fantasy, adventure, that people of all ages should enjoy. Admitedly though it was a minor let down, considering it wasn't as breathtaking as classic Pixar such as Monsters Inc, Up and Toy Story. But I was kind of expecting that, every studio has it's weaker feature. Brave is certainly a good quality family movie, it still beats out a handful of the competition out there when it comes to CGI animated films, and is miles better than Cars 2 (No pun intended). It is quite simply an imaginative, heartfelt, beautifully shot fairy tale that has everything you could possibly want from a summer family film, except a mind blowing story, something Disney/Pixar collaborations has never been short of (with one other exception). And it's interesting vision of the Scottish highlands is reasonably haunting, it set out the tone perfectly with a realistic quality, without losing any of the charm of the slapstick comedy, or the cartoonish bow and arrow action. So if your a fan of Pixar like me and you want something perfect like Monsters Inc. I can assure you that you will be let down enormously. It is a forgettable Pixar flick, and that is something I confidently thought i'd never have to say. But it could have been so much worse, it's not terrible, the characterisation is decently constructed and the magically mesmerising spirit of previous Pixar efforts still lives on it's genetics. And as a bonus, the tradition of having a short film before a Pixar main feature continues with Brave. The short "La Luna" shown just before Brave almost had me weeping. Brave didn't, but it featured a lot else that I found very entertaning, although balancing out quality isn't what i'm used to from Pixar, it's good fun.

- aquateen2, Monday, September 10, 2012

4 stars

Good storyline about a princess and her mother's relationship. The Queen is preparing her daughter for her duties but the princess just wants to be free. Funny and moving. The wild bear scenes might frighten children.

- thmtsang, Sunday, September 9, 2012

4 stars

With top notch animation and heartfelt story, Brave ranks up there as the best work so far from Pixar animation studio. Here is a film which has adventure, drama, suspense, comedy and most of all heart. Directors/co-writers Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews does fantastic work with this story of a young princess Merida. Merida is a great lead character with her teenage rebellion against old habits. She is a girl who loves archery, horse riding, nature and most of all her independency. When her mother and father wants her to continue the old royal tradition of marrying someone from the nearby clans, her rebellion against old habits rises. This rebellion unleashes a chain of events which will change Merida's and her family's life for good. While the milieu for this film feels certainly epic it's strory is more intimate and smaller in scope. This is just not some film about comedic sidekicks or slapstick. This is important film about the relationship of mother and daughter. Their journey together is the film's beating heart. Brave has just fantastic animation. This is easily one of the best looking animation films i've witnessed so far in my life. For the first time the heavy use of cgi-animation did not bother me at all and actually felt lively. Merida's journeys to a nearby forest, which is surrounding her home castle, are truly enchanting and atmospheric. These woods with thick fog and eerie presence of magical beings are something to behold. They also serve the film's most powerful and suspenseful moments. Sure, you could say that there are some cliches within the story of Brave. There is old wicked witch who lives in the forest, a mythical evil beast which Merida has to face and some comedic sidekicks in the form little brothers of Merida, but none of these elements feel old or cliched. Somehow Chapman and Andrews manage to give all these elements a fresh feel and look. And when the film reaches it's suspenseful and very emotional climax it is hard to hold back tears. It is such an beautiful story which touches the deepest corners of the heart. With Brave Pixar has created a fantastic animation for the whole family and in my opinion the best animation of this year so far. Anyone looking for a great cinematic adventure with heart will find it from Brave. This is outstanding film and by far Pixar's best work.

- emilkakko, Saturday, September 8, 2012