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Nordling Says BRAVE Is Not What You May Expect From Pixar!

Published at: June 21, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

Pixar’s 13th full-length feature, BRAVE, is something of a departure for the studio – it’s their first movie with a female hero character and thematically it’s a movie that Pixar hasn’t really attempted before.  In fact, it’s fair to say that there aren’t many family movies dedicated to the mother/daughter relationship, which is unfortunate.  I admire that Pixar not only made a movie for young girls but for their mothers as well.

For many young girls and their mothers, it’s a constant search for characters to identify with in family movies – most of the time the mother is out of the picture entirely, with a father trying to figure out their way on their own.  I think this is due to so many screenwriters and directors being men, which isn’t their fault; that’s just the way the film industry is.  But BRAVE doesn’t have an agenda to be a feminist family movie or to right the wrongs of the films of yesterday.  As always, Pixar is concerned with story, story, story and if the movie addresses this disparity in the meantime then so much the better.  Brenda Chapman was inspired by Scotland and her relationship with her own daughter and began this story; Mark Andrews, inspired by Scotland and his own family dynamic, finishes it.

Merida (Kelly Macdonald) strains against the bonds placed upon her by her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson).  Elinor and King Fergus (Billy Connolly) rule the land, and Merida is expected to know her place and behave like a proper princess.  But her heart is in the wind, and in the arrow, and on horseback.  If only she can make her mother understand her, then Merida would truly be free, and not have to worry about suitors, or getting married, or being Queen.  One day after a fierce argument Merida storms off on her horse, follows a trail of will o’ wisps and finds a way to change her fate.  But her choice threatens to destroy everything – the tenuous truce between the clans, her father’s reign, and the fragile bonds of family.  Meanwhile, the demon bear Mordu lurks in the darkness, ready to consume all he comes across.  How everything intersects and comes together shouldn’t be spoiled, but I’m pleased that the trailers and commercials only hint at what the movie truly is about.

BRAVE was a much unexpected movie for me, in all the best ways.  From the marketing campaign, it seemed that BRAVE would be along the lines of BRAVEHEART or MULAN, but it’s a far more intimate story that director Mark Andrews is telling here – the best Pixar movies come from a place of truth and familial bonds and BRAVE is no different.  It’s a shame that Disney didn’t release this for Mother’s Day, because this is a movie that cherishes that special relationship between a mother and daughter.  It’s quite beautiful and moving.

It’s also stunningly gorgeous to watch – this may be the best looking Pixar film yet, and that is saying something.  Lush greens and blues fill the screen, and the color palette is rich and varied.  Less gorgeous is the 3D, unfortunately – normally Pixar has the 3D aspects down, but because much of the movie is set at night, the 3D only serves to make it more difficult to see what’s going on, as the glasses dim the screen entirely too much.  Most computer animated movies use 3D in the best possible way, so this came as a surprise; BRAVE is probably better realized in 2D since many of the scenes are fairly dark to begin with.

The voice acting is superb, especially from Macdonald and Thompson; their relationship is adversarial as Merida and the Queen each stand her ground, but as cracks form in their respective armors, they bring real reserve and emotion to the movie.  Patrick Doyle’s score is tremendously great – Doyle finds the heart of the piece and makes it soar.  It’s probably one of the single best scores in Pixar’s library – only Michael Giacchino’s INCREDIBLES is more iconic.

As a Pixar fanatic, I’d say BRAVE is a middle tier movie for me.  It doesn’t reach the heights of TOY STORY, THE INCREDIBLES or FINDING NEMO but it’s more satisfying than the CARS films or A BUG’S LIFE.  I was especially touched by the mother/daughter relationship, and I think there probably won’t be a better movie this year that mothers and daughters can bond over.  There are issues, but those are mostly to do with the second act, where the fantasy of the piece comes into conflict with what so far was a fairly realistic movie.  It’s where magic enters into the story that BRAVE seems to falter a little bit – not enough to derail the movie, but it’s a noticeable tonal shift and the movie has a little difficulty getting back on track.  The humor of BRAVE lies mostly in pratfalls and slapstick, but it’s effective, especially with Merida’s precocious younger brothers, three pranksters who find elaborate ways to avoid eating their haggis and stuffing themselves silly with sweetcakes.  Billy Connolly is also funny and charming as the father who loves his daughter but is too caught up in his kingdom to give her much attention.

The short that opens BRAVE, LA LUNA, is one of the best Pixar shorts yet, a beautiful little tone poem that is, interestingly enough, also about family relations of a sort.  The 3D for that short is spectacular, and paints a tapestry of light and wonder.  As for BRAVE, it’s yet another movie in Pixar’s roster that proves that they are still the best family film studio around, and I think it will deeply resonate with mothers and daughters everywhere.  At times, there’s genuine magic in it, and while there are moments that don’t quite gel, BRAVE at its best hits those grand notes that Pixar is known for.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • June 21, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    First

    by Relentless85

  • June 21, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Another great review. Thanks Nordling.

    by P

  • June 21, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    So it actually is...

    by FlamingNipples

    A mediocre film? I mean... If you put it between Incredibles and A Bug's Life... That aint saying mucho my friend! I believe Pixar is having Disney's Middle 90's Syndrome... and that's just sad.

  • June 21, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    A Bug's Life doesn't get enough love, in my opinion.

    by gotilk

    I find it to be the most underrated Pixar film. I think I've seen it more often than any other Pixar film. Perhaps... 20-30 times? I guess something about the story just works for me, and I love the characters. I was one of those kids that really was into bugs though, so maybe I'm biased. So, what kind of theater did you see this in, Nordling? Do you think their bulb was getting a bit dim? Because I've seen 3D films that people have said were far too dark (Prometheus is a great example, which was perfectly bright enough in my screenings) and they turned out perfect when I watched them. I'm probably going to see it in 3D anyway though. I almost never choose 2d, no matter what. Even with conversions like Captain America (not bad) and Avengers (a little better).

  • June 21, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    That's Not the Draw

    by MattDomville

    It's obvious what the real appeal of "Brave" is: http://www.cinemabums.com/?p=369

  • June 21, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST

    @zombie_fatigue

    by FlamingNipples

    Of course! I mean... it's quite amazing their level of mediocrity (sorta speak). But I was hoping they could out do themselves once more.

  • June 21, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Hey girls can do things too! Message of the movie

    by Emerald Snoggingbottom

  • June 21, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    If it's better than the Cars movies, I'm there.

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    The cars movies were mediocre by Pixar's standards. By Dreamworks' (or anybody else's) standards, they would have been slightly above average. So, if this is better than that or Bug's Life (which I also think is underrated), then I'm in. Maybe it won't dethrone the Toy Story movies, the Incredibles or Ratatouille, but it still promises to give me my money's worth, and that's way more than most movies these days deliver.

  • June 21, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST

    And, oh yeah...

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Cue the women-bashing, "this movie's got a feminist agenda" assholes in 5...4...3...2...1...

  • June 21, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    But, were you touched by the mother/daughter relationship?

    by MisterManReturns

    }:-/

  • June 21, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    I realize emerald_snoggingbottom has already weighed in,

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    But that was mild. I'm waiting for the real Limbaugh/Beck-worshiping douchebags. C'mon, folks, I know you're out there.

  • June 21, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I smell a BOMB!!

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    A big bomb. All of these reviews have been so half-hearted. Basically.... "We admire Pixar for trying something different." Translation: "It kind of sucks." I doubt we'll see another Pixar movie with a female lead for some time.

  • June 21, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    No, hulk, this will make a big haul, but not as big as some think.

    by Emerald Snoggingbottom

  • June 21, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    flamingnipples, have faith

    by P

    As I've mentioned in a previous talkback, Disney's golden age was only a five film streak, starting with Snow White and ending with Bambi. Their next bonafide classic, Cinderella, didn't come out until 8 years later. Pixar had a winning streak of also five films before Cars, followed by another winning streak of four films. So even if Brave underwhelms, Pixar will come back to deliver again.

  • And kids are stupid by nature (not bashing them, just a fact) and their parents will take them anywhere to shut them up

  • ...its the fact that every "children's movie" today seems to have the agenda of forcing kids to hang out with their parents. The movies I watched as a child (in the 80's) taught me I can pretty much do anything by myself or with a close group of friends, both male and female ...I didn't need to spend quality time with my parents and family or have my Mom or Dad help. I could follow a treasure map, befriend and take care of an alien, save the universe, or even go back in time - WITHOUT my parents or even other grown-ups. In fact, grown-ups were actually the VILLAINS in most of these films. Or, in the very least, ignorant and a nuisance. Merida, in BRAVE, pretty much gets one long guilt trip for wanting to do things AWAY from her parents, particularly her mother. The story wants to punish her for the want of independence to the point of evoking magic and making her spend time with her mother. By the end, Merida has been beaten into submission and makes the "right" choice of becoming her mother's BFF. Think about that... This is a truly strong and gifted child, who lives in a world where MAGIC is a very real thing... ...and the "Happy Ending" is her, hanging out with her Mom. No adventures. No true independence. Just, family. An entire world of myths and wonder, but, she's stuck on her property, with her family. It confirms a belief I've had for a while now: Children's movies, today, are not made for children. They're made for the PARENTS of children. These films are pretty much propaganda to convince kids that their parents are the bestest parents ever, or, even worse, convince them that, yes, their parents are weak and embarrassing, but, its still somehow worthwhile hanging out with them. In the very least, they're guilt trips to make children feel bad for wanting to hang out with their friends or by themselves and have their own adventures ...and not include their parents. SUPER 8 was supposed to be this grand homage to the Amblin films of the seventies and eighties. It wasn't. If it was truly going to evoke those movies, we would have never met the father characters of the male and female leads. The kids would have been able to do everything by themselves without any cuts back to the grown-ups. Elliot's mother is featured in E.T., but, she doesn't play any role other than an obstacle for the kids to work around so they can get back to handling everything themselves. Merida's mother? She's literally signing to her daughter what to say and how to act. The "mother/daughter relationship/friendship" spin this film is giving is just a smokescreen for the subliminal message of "Your parents know what's best, always do what they say, they're your friends, hang out with them, your entire life should revolve around your family." So, when you see the breathtaking shot of Merida and her mother riding off for their girl's night out, listen closely for the real message: "One of us..." "One of us..."

  • June 21, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    "it’s their first movie with a female hero character "

    by Gislef_crow

    I must have misunderstood The Incredibles, which sure seemed to have a female hero character named Elastigirl. Who quite frankly was a lot cooler than the male protagonist. If you mean Brave is the first movie with _only_ a female hero character, sure, sorta.

  • June 21, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the spoiler warnings.

    by gotilk

    Very appreciated. I know almost nothing about this movie. Only trailer I've seen is the one in theaters.

  • June 21, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    "the glasses dim the screen entirely too much..."

    by Simpsonian

    not only that but also the polarizer over the lens of the projector. Why this dimness doesn't bother people is beyond me. Perhaps they've never seen what a well-lit projection should look like?

  • June 21, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Don't get the hate for the first Cars. Not if you've really seen it.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    I admit I didn't feel the need to see it. Then my son popped out and since I must've seen it a million times. It grows on ya.

  • June 21, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Tophat may be on to something ...

    by oatmeal2348

    I absolutely love that analysis. I hadn't realized that shift, maybe because I grew past that desire to be on my own and wanted to connect more with my parents as I grew older. Holy crap ... am I forgetting what it's like to be a kid!? As for the 3D ... I know there were two screenings here in Houston and, yes, the one on Wednesday night was entirely too dark.

  • The original title of this movie was "There will be blood"

  • June 21, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    You're right, it's not what I expect from Pixar. From Pixar I expect good movies.

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    At least I used to. Wall-E was the last time these guys knocked it out of the park before their current streak of Dreamworks-level mediocrity.

  • June 21, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Gets first* Period

    by Ld

  • June 21, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Cars 2 question

    by MikeTheSpike

    I hear Cars 2 has more of a spy vibe going for it. How prevalent is that in the film? Would one call it a spy film with cars? Because on that level (and, surely, on that level alone) it might interest me.

  • June 22, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    doesn’t have an agenda to be a feminist family movie

    by Raptor Jesus

    Seriously? All her suitors are nitwits and nincompoops and she wants to 'compete for her own hand'. In other words, she doesn't need men (see nitwits and nincompoops, above) and she wants to marry herself. Not a feminist movie? Yes and 'Triumph of the Will' was not a Nazi movie.

  • June 22, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Chicks don't need lead roles in films! That's what porn is for!!!

    by Christian Sylvain

    And on that note, i'm gonna go make love to a sock.

  • June 22, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Cars 2 answer

    by RandySavage

    The plot is centered around spies - but it is about as deep and interesting as an episode of Muppet Babies. Personally, I thought the film on the small screen was not enough to keep me entertained in any way (turned it off 2/3 through). But I've never been too into Pixar films, so take that for what's it worth.

  • It just keeps getting better and better.

  • June 22, 2012, 12:30 a.m. CST

    A Bug's Life is great. Definitely the most underrated PIXAR film

    by D.Vader

    CARS just doesn't appeal to me much so I don't have much desire to ever revisit it. Doesn't mean it sucks. Just means its not for people like us.

  • You're off your fucking rocker. Middle-Tier PIXAR does not equal mediocre movie. Middle-Tier PIXAR means "still better than 95% of the other family movies out there".

  • June 22, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Looks like a Dreamworks movie to me...

    by HB_Dad

    ...kind of How To Train Your Dragon meets Shrek 3 in its look...

  • June 22, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Harry, please sell AICN and start a new film lovers website

    by antonphd

    where people who love film can talk about film in a forum where they don't have to put up with comments like "brave is about a girl getting her period" because you don't need money anymore. YOU are cool, Harry. Your writers are cool. SOME of the people in Talk backs are cool. But we all have to endure the pieces of shit and it sucks. CASH IN ALREADY!! For the sake of film lovers.

  • June 22, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    68% on Rotten Tomatoes

    by Rupee88

    mediocre at best

  • June 22, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Brave = boring

    by Bass Ackwards

    Uses overwrought sentimentality instead of actually earning its emotional beats. Pretty generic characters too, all around (down to even the comic relief stock characters). I can't name one moment or sequence in this film that's worth reliving/revisiting. Also, when did Bug's Life start getting thrown into Pixar's lower rungs with Cars & Cars 2? Bug's Life is definitely a superior flick to those, I'd put it above Toy Story 3 and Monsters Inc even. But we can toss Brave in the heap. Better then Cars, but How to Train Your Dragon and Tangled were both superior flicks to this.

  • June 22, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    gislef_crow

    by Rupee88

    Don't try to interfere with Pixar's bullshit marketing strategy which involves people parroting whatever they are told to say by the publicist.

  • enough. Whoever wrote this isn't familiar the mythology and folklore of Celtic nations. They should've taken cues The Secret of Kells.

  • June 22, 2012, 1:45 a.m. CST

    "Uses overwrought sentimentality instead of actually earning its emotional beats."

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    Wait, which Pixar movie were we talking about?

  • June 22, 2012, 2:53 a.m. CST

    I love A Bugs Life

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Great characters, beautiful film, probably still my favourite Pixar effort.

  • June 22, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST

    nobody on this site or at least the talkback section of it

    by emeraldboy

    loves films.

  • June 22, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    I, too, love A Bug's Life

    by Autodidact

  • June 22, 2012, 3:39 a.m. CST

    For the last time - there are no bears indigenous to Scotland

    by catlettuce4

  • June 22, 2012, 3:53 a.m. CST

    tophat.... great post.

    by Autodidact

    I love when I randomly expand a talkback post and it's something well thought-out like that. Kudos!

  • June 22, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Tophat

    by The_Skook

    Spot on!

  • June 22, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST

    "a female hero character"

    by buggerbugger

    Yeah, we used to have a special name for those in the old days.

  • June 22, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Cars 2 Is a Spy Film With Cars . . .

    by kevinwillis.net

    But not a particularly good spy film. It is, by far, the weakest Pixar film. Cars is actually a pretty good movie, with solid performances (especially by Larry the Cable Guy and Paul Newman), and is basically a beat-for-beat retelling of Doc Hollywood, only with cars . . . and is a really good retelling of Doc Hollywood. And I love Paul Newman as The Judge. Cars 2 went in an entirely different direction, and is the most middle-tier Dreamworksy movie Pixar has ever made. I'd put it on a level with Ice Age 2. I confess, I was surprised . . . Pixar's Toy Story sequels each improved on the franchise, but Cars 2 took it down a couple of notches. One day, I hope to get to go to Carsland at DCA. If you look at Cars 2 (and maybe even cars) as a branding product, meant to generate new branded characters with broad popularity like Mickey Mouse (Lightning McQueen) and Goofy ('Mater), the Cars movies make a great deal of sense. Radiator Springs in a movie is novel and mildly fun—but I think as a themed land at a Disney theme park, it's likely to be frickin' awesome! And that's what I have to say about it.

  • June 22, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I think Pixar is the most overrated studio in Hollywood history...

    by Coughlins Laws

    I absolutely HATE what they've done to character design and that they drove cel-shaded cartoons into history's dustbin. They still have yet to make human characters that aren't absolutely ugly in every way. Plus, there jokes are all the wink-wink, aren't we clever kind of deliveries. It served well at first, but it's really grown tiresome. I miss me some Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King....

  • June 22, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Tophat

    by maxwello

    Good, thoughtful post. I generally agree with what you say, but would suggest that it's not been quite as much an evolution away from independent young characters seen in the children's moves of the last century, as it has been a fragmentation of mainstream culture into channels dominated by particular generations. Today, rather than movies with and for young teens, we have television channels aimed at a "teen-ish" audience that assume that younger children who aspire to be teenagers will watch to learn how to be cool (or hip, or whatever the current term is.) I don't think "Brave" is a movie for kids designed so that parents can stomach it. Pixar makes movies for parents that children can stomach. Theirs is a connosieurship play. Children, whle they may notice and even appreciate the quality of Pixar's movies, aren't as discriminating as their parents. They may prefer higher quality, but they would watch a movie that was less visually impressive if higher quality weren't available. While the level of refinement in the Pixar movies may represent a teaching moment for a new generation, the studio would be hard pressed to justify the expense they incur if it were just to capture a children's movie audience. Their attention to detail is not a concession to parents. It's the principle product. And the storylines, while admittedly child-friendly, tend to be archetypal, and that type of story bears reinforcement throughout our lives. Much has been made of the feminist perspective, and I'm glad that that's present, but Merida represents a familiar perspective, and could equally well inspire a young person of either gender chafing at working toward someone else's dreams. It could represent any number of coming of age scenarios. Odysseus had to leave home and family to fulfill his destiny before he could return and integrate his personality into his society. "Brave" takes that same basic story and retells it in a new context. It's a particular instance of a universal condition. There is a message to the story, that doesn't mean it's a story for children. Adults need stories that speak to capital "T"-Truth's as well. From a financial perspective, middle and high school age kids don't go to movies multiple times like they used to, and they aren't the ones who buy DVDs. These days, they are more likely to watch TV and play videogames on home systems (not arcades) and the market reaches them there, rather than through traditional movies. They aren't underserved. They just aren't served in the same way that they were or through the same media as when you were that age. (Whether they are being served with age appropriate material is an argument for another time.) The choice of media channels is always going to evolve over time, and the young are frequently on the cutting edge specifically because they don't want to accidentally meet people of an older generation in the place where they are trying to figure out how to be an adult in the world they will be making. At the moment, movies for this age group cannot sustain the budget of a production like this, so it seems unlikely they were ever the intended core market. I don't think Pixar is missing the mark, and I don't think they are being duplicitous. I think your analysis of their target market and your idea of what movie makers should do to properly serve the youth market may not have fully considered the universe of channels, producers and consumers that exist today, and how Pixar has chosen to position its product relative to a particular range of market segments.

  • June 22, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    A Bugs Life is indeed a very good movie

    by GravyAkira

    Lets just say Cars is at the bottom for Pixar.

  • June 22, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    catlettuce4 : Bears in Scotland

    by Supernatural_Canary

    Actually, until about 1000 years ago, there were bears indigenous to Great Britain, including Scotland. There were also wolves, lynx, and elk.

  • June 22, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Antonphd - I asked for that five years ago

    by MisterManReturns

    This site has turned into a tweener rant fest. I think that they considered an off-shoot pay site, but I don't know how viable that would be. I'd certainly pay to talk with fellow film lovers. I don't know who all of these screeching, angry people are, but it has completely gotten out of hand. Is it the recession? Horribly raised children" I don't know. But, throughout the Internet, I am seeing an increase in nasty, hateful postings.

  • June 22, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Mistermanreturns

    by james

    I hope you have a wonderful day :)

  • June 22, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    catlettuce4 -- SPOILER

    by MoaKaka

    Those aren't really bears.

  • June 22, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Worst part of the witch

    by Bass Ackwards

    The witch answering machine.

  • June 22, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Anyone else think Dreamworks animation is catching up with Pixar?

    by Plathismo

    Call it heresy, but for me Kung Fu Panda > Wall-E. How to Train Your Dragon > Toy Story 3. Although, having said that, The Incredibles still pwns all.

  • June 22, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Thumbs Up to all the Love for A Bug's Life

    by GQSioux

    I'm always baffled when I see the occasional reviews mention it as one of the bottom of the barrel Pixar flicks. I LOVED A Bug's Life when it first came out and still do.

  • June 22, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Pixar experiencing regression toward the mean?

    by Simpsonian

  • June 22, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Count one more for some Bug's Life love!

    by GreatGonzo

    A Bug's Life is certainly Pixar's "forgotten" film (mostly due to timing, thanks to coming out the same time as Antz and having to follow Toy Story) but I get frustrated anytime someone lumps it at the bottom. It's a great film and my favorite from Pixar.

  • June 22, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    crow:spoilers

    by Mark

    The crow was from Sleeping Beauty. If anything the idea of a witch that wasn't bad and had a woodcarving business on the side was kind of funny, and if you stay to the end credits she keeps her word. The cake she gave Meredith to change "her" fate was kind of similar to Miracle Max's chocolate in the Princess Bride. The mother being proud of her daughter, and protecting her daughter in the fight scene, how many nature shows warn not to get between a bear mother and her cub. This really played into it. I am actually curious to see how this will do in other countries, that have more "traditional" roles for some women. Hopefully there are at least a few more Meredith's out there. Mark

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    This movie is garbage

    by joe m

    It doesn't matter to me how many people like a movie. Since I have a brain, I choose to use it instead of playing follow the trend leader. Anyway, it is obvious there was an agenda behind this movie (like all Pixar movies). There were several hidden subplots that might go right over an atheist's head. It is obvious that the girl was a closet lesbian. She looked and acted like it. And because she's a character created by men, it was intentional. Her rebellious behavior was TOTALLY unacceptable in the presence of a small child. As a responsible parent, like many before me, there are certain things that aren't allowed to take place in front of a child. That's why we are parents. And if they do occur, it is important to shine light on the situation for the sake of a child. This movie is bad behavior mixed with excitement. It would take an extremely narrowminded and gullible crowd of people to not see it. And by the ratings and reviews, there is no doubt that Pixar is succeeding in duping a large portion of the public. Many whistle blowers have told about Disney and Pixar being in the pockets of political architects. They are using their entertainment power to influence culture which is a direct conspiracy against us all. I see it, my friends see it, and my children will see it. But not by watching the movies. They are banned at my house.