Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Thompson, and Steve Purcell
Written by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Thompson, and Irene Mecchi
Starring Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, and Emma Thompson
Brave is about two things: the relationship between Merida and Elinor, and the natural beauty of Scotland. Actually, three things; it is also about Merida's hair.
I listened to a bit on NPR about how Pixar upgraded their Renderman software specifically to animate Merida's hair. I'm impressed. That is the best hair I have ever seen in computer animation. It makes the hair in the Incredibles look like the Barbie doll hair it is. Pixar hasn't done anything new with hair since Monsters, Inc.
In a way, Merida's hair is Merida, wild, beautiful, and untamed. Much like the misty glens and eerie standing stones that form the backdrop for Brave. This movie is rooted in a furious love of a particular place, much like Cars. I want to go to Scotland. If this movie wasn't sponsored by the Scottish tourism board, they got the best deal ever. I also want to go to the Northern Arizona Highland Celtic festival, because the rough and tumble, boisterous fun of that kind of gathering is on display here.
I liked Brave, and I think you should see it too.