|The royal family at the dinner table.|
|I loved the scenery...|
|Merida rocks the competition but leave the other clans in an uproar!|
Merida has to learn through her adventures the importance of family and her mother who gets pulled into the adventure with Merida through a magic spell has to learn respect for her daughters dreams and skills. The two of them must learn to work together to break the spell by mending what was torn apart by both of their pride.
Merida is Pixar's first female protagonist, something my son pointed out right away, and they really chose a good one! She is a wonderful character full of fire and knows pretty much what she wants. She is rendered beautifully in fact her wild mane of red hair is practically a character itself! Computer animation has really come a long way, we didn't see the 3D version, but it still was a delight to the eyes. For me the scene in the morning sunlight at the river was absolute magic, the animators captured the motion of the water and the morning light with finesse and beauty. I loved the willo-the-wisps and the witch was hysterical! Not a typical fairytale wicked witch at all which was refreshing, instead she was there in the woods just trying to market her woodcarving wares until the willful Merida pretty much cornered her into provider her with a magical solution to her problems.
I just about died laughing when Merida returns only find an answering machine type message coming out of the witches cauldron with instructions on how to break the spell and apologies that she's away at the Wickerman Festival at Stonehenge. The action scenes had you on the edge of your seat and we all laughed that Merida's triplet brothers reminded us very much of her brother Rhys at home with grandma.
Without giving you a spoiler, I wanted to applaud Pixar for coming up with a very different ending than we usually have for the animated stories about princesses, they really surprised and delighted me by taking the last scene down to road less taken. Not all princess stories have to be love stories after all!
Did I mention the soundtrack? Oh, man I've gotta have that soundtrack! In fact, I think I may just have to buy this movie when it comes out on DVD because I think it would be an inspiration to have it playing while I'm working at my old wooden art table.
|Merida following the willo-the-wisps.|
Monday Movie Featured Item:
Merida isn't the only Celtic warrior woman, in older times, the Celts were actually known for the women fighting right along side the men, all painted in woad body paint much like the Macintosh clan in Brave. This movie made me think of the people and places in my Voice of the Trees deck, an oracle deck based on the Celtic Ogham. This garden flag features the cover art of the accompanying book Voice of the Trees Companion, another awesome Celtic warrior chick!
|Ogham Shield garden flag available in the Official Voice of the Trees Etsy shop.|