Brave [2012]

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell (co-director)
Written by: Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman and Irene Mecchi; based on a story by Brenda Chapman
Starring the voices of: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson

We’re used to exceptional quality from Pixar, so when I state that their latest, Brave, is also one of their weakest, it’s not the worst thing I could say.

While it’s not at the level of Ratatouille, WALL·E or Up, Brave, with all its Scottish charm, is very fun and, like a true Disney coproduction, wears its heart on its sleeve.

The “momma bear” (quite literally) is a hoot; watching it walk and try to talk was hilarious and the highlight of a funny but surprisingly poignant film. The slapstick comedy might get a little repetitive and tiresome, and most characters are incredibly annoying, but with some of the best work by Pixar animators yet, you won’t mind a  lot.

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