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Should You “Brave” Pixar’s New Movie?

June 24, 2012

Bruce Fretts: My 10-year-old daughter, Olive, and I just saw Brave, the new Disney/Pixar tale of a flame-haired, archery-loving princess named Merida who goes on a quest and tries to change her fate. Olive, want to guess what my opening pun will be?

Olive: OK, let’s see. Um…Did they hit it right on target?

Bruce: Yes, you got it! Bull’s-eye!

Olive: Aaaah! It burns! I knew it was going to be an archery joke.

Bruce: So, answer the question.

Olive: It was a good movie.

Bruce: I liked it, too, although I was a bit disappointed by the 3D.

Olive: Yeah, you just wasted your money there.

Bruce: I rarely see movies in 3D, but Pixar usually makes it worthwhile.

Olive: Like they did in Up.

Bruce: Other than a few things with the arrow and her hair looking more lustrous, it was totally worthless. I get sleepy in movies sometimes, and I was a little groggy during this movie because we’d eaten at the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, New Jersey, beforehand and I had the “Big Frenchie.”

Olive: Would you like to explain to people what “Big Frenchie” is?

Bruce: It’s French toast with cheddar cheese, fried eggs and bacon on top. It was a meal fit for Guy Fieri, whose picture is on the menu, and as a result, I was a little logy during the movie. So I might’ve missed a few things, but did they say the line that’s in the trailer, “If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?”

Olive: No. She just said, “I want to change my fate. I want to change my mother.”

Bruce: Speaking of change, another thing that was not in the trailer is the fact that her mother changes into a bear, and she spends most of the movie trying to change her back.

Olive: It wasn’t in the trailer at all, and it was the center of the movie. And also about his father fighting off this bear who ate off his leg.

Bruce: So basically it’s a movie about bears, as our 7-year-old friend Ava, who went to see it with us, pointed out.

Olive: The will ‘o wisps, who are also not in the trailer, led her to this witch, who turned her mother into the bear.

Bruce: I found that confusing, but overall I enjoyed it. I thought it was entertaining and had some laughs, especially when her little brothers turn into baby bears.

Olive: Her little brothers are a-dor-a-ble! They’re so cute!

Bruce: They’re three little redheaded boys.

Olive: They’re little devils.

Bruce: Did you think Merida was a good role model? They’ve made a big deal out of the fact that this is the first Disney Princess who’s not waiting to be rescued by a man. She’s an action hero herself.

Olive: I didn’t really think of her as a princess, because she never really wanted to refer to herself that way. I don’t know if people would want to be a princess like Sleeping Beauty—”I want to put myself in grave danger so that I can be rescued by a man.” I don’t think anyone would want to use that as a role model. That’s fantasy.

Bruce: The movie had a good message, about how you can change your fate.

Olive: And how you shouldn’t listen to your parents.

Bruce: You got the wrong message!

Olive: That’s the right message, and the one every kid will get.

Bruce: No, the message was that you should follow your passion and not just do what other people tell you to do.

Olive: And deny your parents!

Bruce: No, you can work with your parents. Your parents can change, too.

Olive: You can change your parents into a bear.

Bruce: No, you and your parents can both change and together you can find what your true destiny is. So what’s your true destiny?

Olive: I’m going to publish my book at 13, then act like a child for the rest of my life until I go onto Broadway and be awesome. I’ll get three dogs—one’s going to be a bloodhound named Goose, one’s going to be a mop dog and I don’t know what that name’s going to be, and then I’m going to come across another dog. And I’m going to have two little Spanish girls I adopt named Paprika and Pepper. And I’m going to win an Oscar at the age of 37. The end.

Bruce: Sounds like a good life.

Olive: (adopting a Scottish accent) That’s my fate!

Did you see Brave? Take aim with your comments!

From → Kid Stuff, Posts

  1. What movie were you talking about? I’m stuck at the Big Frenchie …

  2. Liked it, although not my favorite Pixar movie. 5-yr.-old was a little freaked out by the whole mother-daughter conflict (she’s been looking warily at her mom ever since) and both kids (5 and 3) were a little scared by the bad bear, but in all, a success. – Shannon

    PS — nice Letterman reference (“I’m a little logy…”)

    • bruceafretts permalink

      Thanks, Shannon. My girlfriend’s 5-year-old son was clinging pretty closely to his mom through the movie—maybe he was a little freaked out, too.

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