Brave – Movie Time

Brave is a 2012 fantasy film from Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman and co-directed by Steve Purcell. The story is by Chapman, with the screenplay by Andrews, Purcell, Chapman and Irene Mecchi.

The movie is set in Medieval Scotland, Princess Merida of the clan Dunbroch is given a bow and arrow by her father, King Fergus, for her sixth birthday to the slight dismay of her mother, Queen Elinor. While venturing into the woods to fetch a stray arrow, Merida encounters a will-o’-the-wisp. Soon afterward, Mor’du, a huge demon bear, attacks the family. Merida flees on horseback with Elinor while Fergus and his men fend off Mor’du, though the fight costs him one of his legs.

Ten years later, Merida, now a free-spirited and fiery young woman who dislikes her duties and is now big sister to identical triplets—Harris, Hubert, and Hamish—discovers that she is to be betrothed to the son of one of her father’s allies. Elinor (who is overbearingly strict with Merida when it comes to her duties as a princess) explains that failure to consent to the betrothal could harm Dunbroch, reminding Merida of a legend of a prince whose pride and refusal to follow his father’s wishes destroyed his kingdom.

The allied clan chieftains and their first-born sons arrive to compete in the Highland games for Merida’s hand in marriage. Merida twists the rules, announcing that as her own clan’s firstborn she is eligible to compete for her own hand. She easily bests her suitors in an archery contest, shaming the other clans, and after a heated argument with Elinor, runs away into the forest. Wisps appear, leading her to the hut of an elderly witch. Merida bargains for a spell to change her fate, and the witch gives her an enchanted cake.

When Merida gives Elinor the cake, it transforms her into a bear, unable to speak but still retaining her human consciousness. Merida returns to the witch’s cottage with Elinor, only to find it deserted, and discovers a message from the witch: unless Merida is able to “mend the bond torn by pride” before the second sunrise, the spell will become permanent. Merida once again tries to look for an answer, but ends up destroying the witch’s cottage. She then spends the night with her mother and teaches the queen what she knows about wilderness survival, bonding with her as a result. However, Merida soon discovers that Elinor is slowly losing her human consciousness, turning more and more into a real bear. Merida and Elinor are then led by the wisps to ancient ruins, where they encounter Mor’du. Realizing that Mor’du was the prince in the legend her mother told her, Merida vows that she will not let the same thing happen to her mother. She soon comes to a conclusion that the witch meant for her to re-stitch up her mother’s tapestry (which Merida tore through with her sword after her argument with her mother), and decides to sneak back into the castle so they can find the tapestry and reverse the curse.

With Mor’du gone, Merida and Elinor work together on a new tapestry when they are called to the docks to bid farewell to the other clans, and ride their horses together.

The film won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Preceding the feature theatrically was a short film entitled La Luna, directed by Enrico Casarosa.

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