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Capone calls BRAVE one of Pixar's greatest technical achievements, and the story's pretty good too!!!

Published at: June 22, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST by Capone

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

Let's talk about tone. When someone tells me that they feel a film's tone is inconsistent, I usually respond, "Instead of being monotone?" I was always under the impression that monotony was a bad thing in speaking or singing. So why would I want a movie that was afraid to stray from the tone it begins with? In the case of Pixar's latest feature BRAVE, the film starts out as something of a family drama, with the parents of Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) forcing her into a marriage with one of three suitors, none of whom she loves. By the end of the film, Merida is attempting to save her mother from a spell she paid a witch to cast on her. And as the film progresses from Point A to Point B, the tone shifts dramatically, and I adore this film for it.

Perhaps because it features human characters in the lead roles (not especially common for Pixar), BRAVE's focus is on letting go both as a parent and as a keeper of antiquated traditions. In this film, said tradition is arranged marriages. It's never in doubt that King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) love Princess Merida, but her tomboyish ways (she is unmatched as an archer) and rebellious spirit make her an unlikely match for any of the weird young men (sons of the kings of the other regions in the Scottish setting). Plus, she wants to marry for love. Hard to argue with that. But after a fight with her mother, Merida runs off into the woods and stumbles upon a witch's lair, where she manages to change her mother's "demeanor" with a little spell, and that's when all hell breaks loose.

Brave is such a lush, gorgeous film to watch. I actually saw BRAVE in 2-D for my first viewing, and assuming I'd make a point of seeing it in 3-D eventually, but now I'm not so sure. The water, greenery, fur on animals, beards on humans, fabrics, and of course Meridas fiery red mane of hair all look spectacular—better than I've ever seen them look in an animated work. True, gorgeous visuals don't make a movie good or bad, but they sure to make my eyes happy.

But there's something kind of great about this way BRAVE's plot unfolds. It takes some crazy twists and turns, for sure, but I was always guessing and getting more interested in where it would take me. I loved the parent-child emphasis, but there's also a mystical quality to the film that seems drawn directly from Scottish folklore. Since this is Pixar, humor is also a big part of the movies, but most of that involves the fathers (Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane and Craig Ferguson) of the three suitors, who lock horns with King Fergus about the possibility of their peace treaty falling apart if Merida doesn't pick a husband. The film's greatest lesson is about taking responsibility for your actions.

Pixar has taken the Disney "Princess" movie template and turned it upside down and inside out. They've given us a rough-and-tumble heroine in a true adventure story that also has practical life lessons about not being in such a rush to grow up when the rest of world demands it of you, but still making smart decisions that can affect the rest of your life. But really what BRAVE is about is putting weapons in the hands of small children, and if you can't get behind that, you don't have a soul. There are also a couple of very scary animal attack sequences that are going to make smaller kids go running for the bathroom. You should still take your over-protected little brats to see BRAVE; I'm just giving you a heads up.

-- Steve Prokopy
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  • June 22, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    I'm not a huge fan of Pixar...there...I freaking said it

    by sonnyfern

    Aside from the Toy Story flicks...which are...without question...amazing...I don't think they're Gods among men like a lot of fans think they are. For instance, I HATED Up. I'm not sure what to think of Brave though, they haven't really released any plot details and the stuff they have released just looks kinda eh. The animation is incredible I'll give it that and I do hear the twists and turns are what make the movie and people don't want to give it away, so I'm down to rent it when it comes out, or maybe buy the blu ray since my daughter might be old enough to dig it by then.

  • June 22, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Fart Magnus

    I will NEVER grow weary of being FIRST!!!!!!!!! SUCK IT HATERZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 22, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Sounds promising....but

    by Mike Holdbrook

    ...was hoping to take all my children to this one including my 2.5 year old. Thanks for the heads up with 'very scary animal attack sequences'. Suitable for my 10 and 14 year old girls only!

  • So there ya go. Being a little bit traumatized is a part of growing up, especially when said trauma has no actual danger involved. Stories can teach young people powerful lessons without putting their lives at risk. They're a great and wonderful tool that many parents these days avoid for fear of *damaging* their precious, fragile little reflections of themselves. And most of the time the only REAL reason they *protect* their children from violent, scary or sexy stories is because.... well.... their parents didn't let them. You should have better reasons for your parenting. And *because it might traumatize them* isn't a good enough one. You don't need to explain it to me, or anyone else. You need to explain it to yourself. And if it doesn't make any REAL sense, you should think about changing the way you parent. How could it hurt? Maybe your reconsideration will create a great human being. Look around a little and tell me we have a well adjusted group of young people out there. Even some of the worst ones were sheltered in really weird ways. And the attention spans are really, really short. My own niece cannot sit through a whole film, most of the time, without checking her phone or just losing interest and fidgeting/looking around the room, drifting off. Maybe it's time to do something different. Maybe it's this, maybe it's something else. But I doubt a little realistic violence (because nothing protects a kid from being hurt like showing unrealistic results of violent behaviour, right? ROFL!!) will make your kid maladjusted. I used to CRINGE at Power Rangers. No, not because it was so bizarrely horrible. Well, that too. But no, it bugged me because their violence had NO realistic consequences. No power ranger was ever in traction for a few weeks, but they should have been. Same goes for animated heroes, villains and regular people. Animated cartoon violence in a comedy context may be different, especially Bugs, Daffy and Wile E Coyote. It was obvious that the whole thing was stupidly funny on purpose. Even little, little kids can spot that. You say you want to protect them, but you shelter them from reality, in the name of preserving some ideal of innocence for as long as possible, sadly at the cost of unrealistic views of the world they live in. It's not a fair trade, in my opinion. To me , innocence isn't about being naive or uninformed. It's about not having a back-log of damage you've done to others and not having a diary of damage done to you. I think it's as simple as that, but I could be wrong. The moment when I first felt I had lost my innocence was not the first time I saw a severed head (Jaws) or a boob (Melanie Griffith... Nashville was it? On HBO anyway...), it was the first time someone I cared about broke my heart. I think if you all really think about it hard, your experience will probably be pretty close to mine. Maybe worry less about what movies your kid sees and worry a little more about breaking promises and disappointing those wonderful little monsters that think the world is run by you. 'Nuff said.

  • June 22, 2012, 3:56 a.m. CST

    sonnyfern You hated UP?

    by gotilk

    I'm surprised. Obviously not everyone can love it, but I'm always shocked when people say they didn't like that one. Especially if they loved the Toy Story films. Can't win 'em all I guess. I love A Bug's Life, and most people like that one the least. So... to each.

  • June 22, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    gotilk

    by sonnyfern

    My daughter is only 10 months but my 4 year old neice recently watched a teen horror movie and hasn't slept right since, she wakes up every night from nightmares and can't go to sleep with the lights off. Sometimes...it's okay to not let your kids watch scary or violent stuff, it really can screw with thier heads.

  • June 22, 2012, 4:19 a.m. CST

    sonnyfern

    by gotilk

    Absolutely! But a lot of the time, you can tell if the kid is ready to separate what they see on a screen from reality. I would probably say that for the most part, 4 is probably an age that will guarantee at least a few weeks of sleepless nights. Yours as well as theirs. lol I remember the first movie that gave me nightmares. It was Frankenstein (Karloff), or possibly Bride of Frankenstein. But it was THAT monster. I was probably 6 or 7. It was traumatic for a while. But even so... it DID stop. It did go away, and my dad was able to reason with me about it. After that, I craved horror films of any kind. Even ones featuring Abbot and Costello. So I see what you mean, and yes nightmares can keep you awake as well as the child. But it does go away, and it does leave the kid with a lesson learned. I knew a girl that even at the age of 17 still had a fear of horror films. She had seen one by accident (? I know... ) when she was little and she had nightmares for weeks. After that, she sheltered herself from them and didn't have anyone there to reassure her that it wasn't real and that it could not hurt her. Instead, she had a parent that said *from now on, you are NOT allowed to watch scary movies*. (yet she was allowed to date me... the mind boggles) So there she was, a young adult, afraid of a movie. I think the better choice would have been to insist NOT that she watch more horror films... but also not to just sort of *let her off the hook* regarding things that are not real and avoidance rather than recoiling forever in terror. But again... my way could be the wrong way. Who knows for sure? My boy has always been very aware of how well he thinks he can *handle* certain things. I would say he's almost unnaturally observant and maybe even a little too careful. But he didn't grow up sheltered, just to avoid a little discomfort. And he's close to Olympic qualification in his sport (years off still, but by numbers and the opinions of the experts close to him.. he's close)... so he's a great kid. Very well adjusted, which is amazing considering what an f-up his dad has been from time to time. ;) lol I'm sure you're a fantastic uncle with a great kid in your family. I'm just not sure *I* would worry as much about that level of trauma. It very well could be a *teachable moment* as they say, (and yeah I kinda hate that term too) rather than what might turn into a pattern of avoidance in the face of fear rather than a confrontation of unrealistic fear. But then again... the kid IS 4. lol Maybe holding off for a while is a good idea. I know that if my kid were 4 again right now, and told me he WANTED to watch a scary movie, I admit I'd be very careful first. Introduce him to a few choice Twilight Zone episodes, maybe some old *Are you afraid of the Dark* episodes and if that didn't freak him out, maybe *Something Wicked This Way Comes*, or some other more cerebral horror with less gore and death terror and maybe a few more jump scares and dark corridors. I'm not sure a 4 year old is ready for the real deal, no matter how bad they want it. But a Pixar film? I'm pretty sure that trauma would pass, especially if it was explained to them well. I can't wait to find out for myself if it is a little on the scary side. I adore Pixar films, well.. other than the Cars movies. Cheers.

  • June 22, 2012, 4:25 a.m. CST

    And even if they are all on hard drives....

    by gotilk

    or solid state memory.... I still call them films. That's almost everything now though, not just Pixar films. I'm going to miss film.

  • it's not just the amazing movies, but the amazing PEOPLE at Pixar. after being thrown away by Lucas, Pixar pioneered 3d animation films. Toy Story was a wonder to beyond and each of the sequels have only been more wonderful. consider this list of films Pixar has made beyond the Toy Story series: A Bug's Life Monsters Inc Finding Nemo The Incredibles Cars Ratatouille Wall E Up Cars 2 I can admit that A Bug's Life was the leap forward that the first Toy Story was, but it was still funny, sweet and beautiful. Cars and Cars 2 were not really my thing, so, I didn't care all that much for Cars and didn't see Cars 2. But Monsters Inc was spectacular, Finding Nemo was stunning, The Incredibles was a roller coaster, Up was utterly original, Wall E was transportive and Ratatouille... beyond being simply gorgeous, Ratatouille was inspiring. Name one single studio that has produced the kind of quality, originality and consistency that Pixar has. You can't. There isn't one. Pixar stands alone in modern cinema as both head and shoulders above everyone else and as an example of what everyone COULD be if they too were gods instead of mere men.

  • June 22, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST

    correction - wonder to behold (not beyond)

    by antonphd

  • June 22, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Finally! Scots cast as Scots!

    by SminkyPinky

    I'm amazed at how often non-Scots are cast as Scots characters in film and our accent gets mangled almost every time. What a relief and a pleasure to see Scottish talent being used like this. Looking forward to seeing Brave.

  • June 22, 2012, 5:25 a.m. CST

    antonphd- i don't think that's really fair...

    by Aquanaut

    you're comparing other studios to one that works only in computer animation with relatively simple, family films...technically innovative as they may be. with pixar, i will often walk out of their films feeling moved, but never challenged on an intellectual level. in some ways they can be imaginative...but in many other ways, completely homogenized. with the exception of maybe cars, you can take a character out of any pixar movie and transplant them into another pixar film and they wouldn't feel out of place. the only noticeable difference is the time in which the stories are set. there is so little variation in their approach to production and character design, that they may as well be by the same director. the scripts fare a little better, but are never very daring. there are simple, straightforward stories. now, there's nothing wrong with that, i just think they're only original when compared to other family films. and that's all they do. family films. i would love to see what pixar can really do...with character design, production design...different genres, varying levels of maturity in subject matter and storytelling styles...letting directors and artists truly take things in bold directions. until that happens, pixar will be pigeon-holed...not so much a studio, but a brand.

  • June 22, 2012, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Monotone isn't the opposite of inconsistent

    by Dolph

    ...and a film is perfectly capable of being consistent in tone and dynamic at the same time.

  • June 22, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    I want to walk out of this happier than a bobcocked johnny.

    by uberfreak

  • June 22, 2012, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I always hesitate to see a Pixar Movie

    by Parc Elohssa

    Maybe because I know they're aimed for a young audience. But their track record is excellent. I have no interest in seeing this movie either, but on the same merit, I know it will be awesome. Looking back, Wall-E was one of the best times I had at the movies in a long, long time. Hope this is even half as fun!

  • June 22, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    fart magnus

    by StoryFirst

    Do you get weary of becoming second though?

  • "But really what BRAVE is about is putting weapons in the hands of small children, and if you can't get behind that, you don't have a soul." What? Are you saying they should have small weapons, or shouldn't? It is not clear. You should NEVER put weapons in the hands of small children!! Do you not know what is happening in Congo, Angola, Somalia, the troubled states of the Middle East?? Child soldiers? I assume you mean that children shouldn't have small weapons....

  • June 22, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    CRAP!

    by Nice Marmot

    I just finally convinced my wife to let this be our 3 year old twin daughters' FIRST theater experience. Are the scenes really THAT scary, Capone??? They have seen Rango about 100 times now. I swear if she decides we should go see Madagascar 3, I'll have a hard time being a team player . . .

  • June 22, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Weapons for kids

    by Tom Johnston

    This must be a typo. If it is.... well, it's a glaringly bad one at that. FIX FIX FIX CAPONE! Or at least explain yourself there little buddy.

  • Average, dull or even crap movies today look so much better than their equivalents from the 80s and 70s that they're instantly a little more enjoyable to watch. I'd say I generally love the look of films these days. Forget special effects, but just the advancement in technology in terms of equipment and lenses, and the general skills in photography and composition make movies far prettier to look at, generally. The best movies from any era tended to be well shot, but now the lowest of the low tend to look half decent. Now all we need is to cut out scripts that appear to be written by teenage boys, lose the need to fill movies with pretty people (with low acting abilities), and to give less work to the same old boring forty or so faces that star in pretty much everything that comes out.

  • June 22, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Weapons for kids

    by Bass Ackwards

    Not a typo, just Capone making a joke.

  • June 22, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Haha ... fart magnus is such a loser!

    by F This

    Nice SECOND, ya retarrrrrrd!

  • June 22, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I just thought Up was weird and all over the place

    by sonnyfern

    I couldn't get over the talking dogs that flew airplanes. I don't HATE Pixar by all means, it's just I've seen all their flicks but barely remember them. There's just something about them that doesn't stick with me. Besides the Toy Story movies, which I do think are simply damn near perfect. I will give Wall E props for being a pretty damn good sci fi flick for kids. But I'd take something like The Secret Of Nihm, Dark Crystal, or even The Lion King over anything they've done any day of the week. I have a feeling I won't dig on Brave either. We'll have to see.

  • June 22, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 was a remake of Toy Story 2.

    by tomandshell

    Beat by beat and almost scene for scene. And Cars 2 was a travesty. They haven't made a great film since Up, and now I hear very few reviewers calling Brave a great film. It's apparently a good film, which is at least a step in the right direction after Cars 2. Monsters University will probably be funny and colorful, but not a classic. I'm still waiting for news of an upcoming Pixar project that might break them out of their current wave of satisfactory movies and back into the realm of all-time classic family films.

  • June 22, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    by DrMorbius

    I guess that punishment for us getting Prometheus first. by chief justice beef supreme Most people would say that seeing Prometheus first was punishment enough!

  • June 22, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Capone and Spoilers

    by The Nothing

    In the fifth line you spoil the latter half of the movie. Could you not have kept that part to yourself and just mentioned what a great tonal shift it was, or let us know you were going to spoil the damn movie? I'm still going to go see it, but there goes the surprise of, "I can't believe she just paid a witch to curse her mother, what happens now?"

  • June 22, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    And that first paragraph displays why Capone is a reporter

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 22, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    This MOVIE is going to be MEDIOCRE, but CRAPONE is FREAKING AWFUL

    by golden tribw

  • June 22, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    FYI, this is the same TOOL of a MORON of a

    by golden tribw

  • June 22, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    ... reviewer who loved PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

    by golden tribw

  • June 22, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 2/3 Plot Similarities.

    by tomandshell

    The story begins with an older Andy preparing to leave the house, which concerns the toys. A related mixup causes one or more of the toys to be sent to the front yard, and they work together on a rescue. The toys end up journeying out into the real world where they wind up in a toy store/day care and are surrounded by other toys and dangers. Meanwhile, Woody is separated from the group and finds himself isolated in a new location where he is ultimately introduced to cute new toy characters. He must decide whether he should stay with his new friends or reunite with Buzz and the others A comedic plot device involves an accidental mix-up in Buzz's personality. In an emotional flashback, it is revealed that one of the newly introduced toy characters was traumatized when they were abandoned by their childhood owner. The toys are ultimately reunited but thrust into a dangerous new location where they find themselves on a perilous moving conveyor belt. They face danger together and are ultimately saved by the last minute intervention of Bullseye/the aliens while the villainous toy is carried away to be helplessly but amusingly tormented by a human character. The film ends with some toys meeting their new owner and we are reminded that as Andy grows up, the newly expanded family of toys will always have each other.

  • June 22, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    When are we getting The Incredibles 2?

    by SkitZo

    The first is one of my favs. There are few movies I enjoy watching over and over again and this is one of them.

  • June 22, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I have a weird stance on Pixar

    by BlaGyver

    I think they are master storytellers. I think that their animation is top-notch and I love their originality (even when they're making sequels, Cars 2 aside). That said, I haven't seen a Pixar movie in theaters since I was probably....shit, at least 12. For some reason, I just can't get excited enough about their movies to go see them in a theater. I'll watch them at friends' houses, I'll watch them on TV.....it's weird. As much as I respect them and usually enjoy their movies (Toy Story 3 had me straight-up bawling by the end....saw it my first weekend away from home at college), I won't pay to see them in a theater. I have resigned to the fact that I'm not crazy about 3D animation (I'm a big 2D fan) but I don't hate it enough to make that the sole reason. I dunno. I'm rambling. Brave looks good and I'll certainly see it eventually.

  • June 22, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 2 blows

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Almost the whole movie is Woody locked in a room whinning and the audience is assualted over and over with the series most annoying character, Jessie. Toy Story 3 has some similar themeatic ideas (kids too old for their toys) but they are handled much better, and in a less annoying fashion. Toy Story 3 is kind of like an old school prison movie with the toys trying to escape Sunnyside. Toy Story 2 is like that episode of Different Strokes where Dudley and Arnold are playing Neptune King of the Sea with Gordon Jump!

  • June 22, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Are you even trying as a troll when you suggest...

    by jimmy_009

    ...that Toy Story 2, one of the best reviewed films of all time, "blows"? Answer: no, you are not. Try harder.

  • June 22, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Pixar fanboys are just so precious

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I think Toy Story 2 is not good, I don't care what the reviews are. I could probably write an essay about everything I dislike about the film. I do like Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Wall-E, so does that mean I still have a soul? For all the people out there that love Toy Story 2, please tell me what I'm missing, because I find it highly irritating. The only two aspects of the film I like are the Howdy Doody origin of Woody, and the airport baggage/airplane chase at the end.

  • June 22, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Once again, I must draw your attention to this article

    by Jeremy Shanks

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/arts-entertainment/new-pixar-film-not-teeming-with-truculent-piss-artists-2012061830924 Make a note of this.

  • June 22, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    blagyver, you did WHAT your first weekend at college?

    by Nice Marmot

    Watched Toy Story 3 ??? Party on . . .

  • June 22, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    "gods among men"?...only if there is pixar porn

    by JeffManSixtyFo

    Then and only then you will be considered a great movie company.

  • June 22, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    "Woody in a room?" TS2 also had Buzz & co's rescue mission!

    by Tacom

    That part was an awesome adventure.

  • June 22, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    RE: nice marmot

    by Capone

    Depends on how sissified your kids are, I guess. There were about 50 kids in my screening, and some of the younger children were freaking out at basically two sequences. But others (mostly slightly older kids) were eating it up.

  • June 22, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    RE: goldentribe

    by Capone

    Can I pay you to be my publicist? I've been looking for one who truly understands me and what I'm all about.

  • June 22, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    You need a spine, not a publicist.

    by golden tribw

  • June 22, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Which character is William Wallace?

    by Atticus Finch

    When does he come into this story?

  • June 22, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Brave = How to Train Your Unruly Daughter

    by detinue

    Never thought I'd see the day Pixar was ripping off Dreamworks.

  • And since when are talking dogs, a mad long-lost explorer, a kooky bird, and a grumpy old guy with a chip on his shoulder new ideas? More like recycled ones straight from central casting.

  • June 22, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Saw Brave. Pixar still has it....BUT

    by Eternal Watcher

    it must be really jealous the Disney animation guys will be releasing Wreck-It Ralph, the type of movie it usually comes up with first. When I was there this morning, it included trailers for four other animated movies: sequels to Ice Age, Monsters Inc and Despicable Me (best of them because of the Barbara Ann song) and Hotel Transylvania, which seems to put new meaning to the "Monsters Inc." term. Pixar has an edge on originality, but it better not lose it if the next two offerings are Monsters U and re-release of Finding Nemo.

  • June 22, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Wall-E kicks UP's ass

    by golden tribw

    I went into WALL-E expecting to be bored/annoyed, and I loved it to death. 10/10 from me. UP, on the other hand, felt trite, heavy-handed, predictable, less funny than it should have been, and I just wasn't that impressed (though post-WALL-E expectations may have played a part). I would give it a subjective 7/10.

  • June 22, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Jesus, I thought UP was awful.

    by fustfick

    People were slobbering all over that movie's cock when it came out for one reason and one reason only - the opening sequence was touching and made them cry. Man, I wanted to gouge my goddamn eyes out.

  • June 22, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Do not criticise any Pixar film no matter if you don't like it

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Because if you don't like a Pixar film, you don't have a soul!

  • June 22, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    It is true that I don't have a soul.

    by fustfick

    No arguments there.

  • June 22, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Larry the Cable Guy should've gottern 50 Oscars for Cars

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And if we disagree, a soul we lack, yes indeed, a soul we lack.

  • June 22, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    huh..

    by dengreg31

    "But really what BRAVE is about is putting weapons in the hands of small children, and if you can't get behind that, you don't have a soul." Either that is poorly written and I'm just not understanding it, or it's about the dumbest thing ever to appear on this site...

  • For years people would say those Oscars were unearned and only awarded to amend the obvious snub for his vastly superior performance in LARRY THE CABLE GUY: HEALTH INSPECTOR. Same thing happened to Paul Newman.

  • June 22, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    My favorite Pixar films are still the Toy Story ones

    by shane peterson

    followed by Wall-E and then the rest all bunched together into enjoyable but not great.

  • June 22, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Merida's hair = young Nicole Kidman = B O N E R

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Disney/Pixar chicks are DREAM GIRLS for those with a "hair fetish" like me...Pocahontas, Rapunzel and now Merida. I would have watched this movie with the sound off if it just consisted of slow-motion shots of Merida's hair flowing and blowing and bouncing.

  • June 22, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    SPOILER ALERT?!?!?

    by GreatGonzo

    Seriously Capone. Every other review doesn't give away plot points after the first act because they don't want to spoil it. Nice that you have no such reservations. Dick.

  • I'm a creature of habit and have been coming here so long that I haven't really bothered checking out the other sites. I enjoy the talkbacks so I'm interested in other sites with a similar setup. Thanks. (sorry for the repost)

  • June 23, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    I don't get the obsession with technical achievement in this regard.

    by throatwarbler_mangrove

    The point of the art of animation isn't to ape reality as closely as possible.