Brave is Pixar's latest extravagant, animated Scottish epic. The plot is quite different than the usual Pixar story which encompasses celtic myths of old Great Britain and human characters from distant times and places.
I commend the storytellers for telling a tale about a daughters relationship to her mother which seems to be rather rare in films and especially so in animation. It's endearing and needed in today's cinema which is generally bereft of such important emotive female characters.
That being said, I felt that Brave was one of Pixar's least creative films to date. It wasn't necessarily second rate but it didn't quite conjure the magic that I'm used to. It may be my least favorite of all their attempts next to Cars. I expect a lot from Pixar, they usually produce stellar animation and great universal stories for kids and adults alike. Walle was easily one of the best animated movies I have ever encountered. The animation was very good in Brave, the red hair looked spectacular for instance, but maybe it's just that the story didn't lend itself to the most visually stunning avenues. This was fine but don't walk out expecting to see the next Walle or even Up.
Brave might fare better overseas. I think the story might be a bit too odd and dark for most - a bit like when Disney tried to undertake the Black Cauldron. This new addition was a welcome digression from the Pixar canon but not their best effort.
Recommended Viewing: Walle - Up - Toy Story I, II & III
Bob Scale: Objective: 6.7 - Subjective: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 74