By Gokce Yurekli
NEWARK, New Jersey, U.S.A. – Pixar has produced many critically acclaimed films. Over the years, we watched a rat with remarkable culinary skills, a house that can fly, and a clownfish in search for his abducted son.
But Pixar has never had a female protagonist before. That is, until now.
Brave is the story of Merida, a spirited young girl in medieval Scotland who rejects the traditional guidance administered by her mother in favor of archery and horseback riding.
When her parents name her the prize in a contest between the bachelor sons of tribal lords, Merida rebels, much to the dismay of her mother. She evokes a spell to change her mother, not realizing the full consequences of her wish.
Merida is no damsel in distress. It is about time there’s a female protagonist who needs no one but herself to save the day. This new Pixar dynamic is quite refreshing to say the least.
Released last week, the film – also in 3D – is wonderfully witty and the animation is simply fantastic.
The landscapes are almost photo-realistic with perfect lighting and detail. The story, the music, the scenery and the Scottish accents flawlessly work together to form a consistent framework.
Plus, the attention given to Merida’s red locks is astonishing. This year, I expect girls will be donning fiery red wigs for Halloween.
At this point in Pixar’s history, the studio is basically in competition with itself. To produce another animated film to compete with such movies like Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and Ratatouille is seemingly an impossible task.
But Pixar accomplished the impossible with Brave. Go see it if you haven’t already.