My 7-year-old son, whose caring, sensitive soul constantly amazes me, looked up at me to see tears… Skeeter. Brenda Chapman (born November 1, 1962) is an American writer, animation story artist and director. Merida is a very headstrong and free-spirited 16-year-old girl who wants control of her own destiny, instead of dreaming for a prince to come. The protagonist, Merida, is a Scottish princess who defies tradition throughout the film. There's bravery in the face of fear and bravery to stand up for what you believe in. Some today will think it is outdated, others still necessary. Yes, many lessons are weaved into the movie. Bonus lesson: Diversity can be seamless. Sure enough, there's also bravery in admitting your wrong, bravery to face change and accept it, and bravery to say what needs to be said, which leads me to my next lesson. From here, I cannot give away any more of the fairy tale. With its grounded morals, I'll go ahead and deem it required viewing for those princess-obsessed girls out there and their mothers. The film never calls her out on these qualities as negatives. Merida and her mother are the main characters here, ever other character delegated to reacting to what they do and say. The positives first off: Brave is beautiful. Overall, we agreed this was a great family film with only a few questionable areas. Recognized as one of the 50 “Top Writers” in Movies on, Named one of the “30 Hottest Movie Websites of 2020” by, Named one of the "Top 60 Movie Review Blogs on the Planet" by Feedspot, Named one of the "Top 100 Movie Blogs on the Planet" by Feedspot, Named one of "The Top Popular Blogs You Should be Following in 2018" by Tierra Gamer, "Best of 2012", "Column", "Editorial", "Top 10 list", "Best Folktale Movies", "Editorial", "Robin Hood", "Tangled", "Thor", "Top 10 list". The Lion King is a moving story of a circle of life that portrays a lion cub’s journey to adulthood and royal throne.Simba, the son of a powerful King Mufasa, grows up in a very caring family and a protected environment.He is an honored prince who is far from danger. If you haven't watched it, would you want to? Because her mother is an uptight, uncompromising traditionalist. The historical setting is pretty unique for an animated children's film… The moral of Olaf’s story is that nothing is impossible, and you should never let menacing odds discourage you from dreaming. What is the moral of brave? "Brave" is the latest animated film from Pixar, and therefore becomes the film the parents of the world will be dragged to by their kids. Let it go. It causes us to say the wrong things, carry the wrong torches, and not see our obvious mistakes. The characters move and express with great personality. Would you be interested in reading the 5 Life Lessons posts of any of the following movies or shows? The final battle with the villainous bear who became the monster it was by doing exactly as Merida has done is over quickly and Merida doesn’t have to expand much effort to defeat him because a pillar randomly smashes him on the head making it easy. Merida wasn’t brave, her love was secondary to her guilt, and in the end she expends nothing, changes not a bit, and the last monologue completely contradicts the story of the monstrous bear she was fighting because her suggestion is that willfully changing one’s fate is perfectly fine. My teammates and I saw a man strung up by his neck -- and set on fire. That really beats Cars 2, but is far from the 90%+ that ten Pixar films of 13 have scored. Frozen leaves us with the final message that even though this is a movie about a girl gifted with ice powers, the real magic is the power of love between two sisters. And that leads to the weird progression of the plot. The rest of the movie is filled with low brow humor , typical slapstick violence and the usual moral of the story ending. 5 Life Lessons and Moral Value in DC's Justice League Movie 2017 Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok Movie 2017 (Starring Chris Hemsworth) LESSON #4: PUTTING ASIDE PRIDE IN ADMITTING ONE'S FAULT-- Pride is that sin and trait that gets all of us in a lot of trouble. (Side note: can ya’ll believe that movie came out in 1995? Life Lessons from Disney’s ‘Brave’ By Sheila Walsh “It’s computer animated.” she corrected, “Rotten… According to the big wig critics so far, Brave is trending a solid 74% on Rotten Tomatoes. The historical setting is pretty unique for an animated children's film… …she is never once not considered justified and heroic anyway. The good news is that the kids will probably love it, and the bad news is that parents will be disappointed if they're hoping for another Pixar groundbreaker. At one point Merida (after allowing her mother to eat poisonous berries and drink rancid water) decides to hunt down a fish for her bear-mother to eat. Post-modern society literally cares less about the possibility of warfare or the demands of responsibility over a person’s ability to do what they want to. This film is also their first original fairy tale and first period piece, set within a stunning Scottish-Celtic world of rocky greens and tartan patterns. She doesn’t acknowledge that in a moment of impetuous fury she destroyed something her mother spent great care to make or that she literally screamed ‘I’d rather be dead then be you!’ Thank you, Dr. Ismail! Personally, I thought Cars 2 was just fine and wasn't designed to gun for the Oscars that the last four Pixar movies earned before it. These are the women dreamers from Kathryn Stockett’s New York Times best-selling book and movie, The Help. Consecutive years of major Oscar nominations bestowed upon Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3, only raised the bar of expectations higher for quality. Like all of Pixar's films, Brave looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Family Ties Fought for in Brave - Christian movie reviews and ratings that are family friendly. That friction boils over when it is announced that Merida is to be betrothed to the winning first-born son of the neighboring three clans (led by the talents of Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson, and Kevin McKidd). But Brave has a rather unique problem which is fascinating in it’s intricacy to me. Merida firmly rejects this Call to Adventure. The importance of family is another lesson (two solid, loving parents). She has zero interest in being married or having her life planned out for her by her mother. Brave might not pack the emotional wallop of Up or Toy Story 3, but its weight is admirably strong. But that’s not a modern, progressive perspective. There also were bizarre and not always humorous interludes, endless and annoying pop culture references, and a hollow sense of wasted potential. We drove through a lynch mob, pressed our faces against the floorboard. Bear rears and bare rears wriggle across the screen. So despite Merida’s mother being a loving parent, sacrificing her own wants for the greater good, trying to teach her child responsibility, and having no support by anyone except her own convictions…she is in the wrong. What moral lessons did you take away from this movie? Brave remains very pretty, but that pile up of misplaced non-joke references (like the Sistine Chapel, telephone answering systems, and belt sanders for some reason) the slap-stick which contradicts later dramatic instances (in many scenes weapons are used with impunity but hurt no one, so later on when they’re used in earnest they still feel like toys) and that convoluted and ultimately meaningless plot without a moral despite all pretension to the contrary made this one more critically acclaimed movie I just saw no purpose in. Her right to do whatever she feels like is so morally just by the standards of the filmmakers, that although this seeking her own selfish gain leads to her…. Inciting Event: The Scottish princess Merida’s mother Eleanor announces that the clans are all bringing their oldest sons as suitors for Merida’s hand. The only characters that make decisions to impact what little plot there is are these two. It is the greatest loss of life of firefighters since 9-11. This unit plan contains everything you need to add relevance and rigor to B In this movie, these morals include, happiness is the most important thing in life, always be true to yourself and hard work pays off. But Merida actually lowers the fish and seems to consider not giving it to her mother at all with these words. What did Merida learn or change? It’s your right and anyone denying you that is in the wrong. Here are seven life lessons from Zootopia to get you through your day. The story is a bold one and devoid of cheese and syrup that can sometimes come with Disney's movies. There is a great relief, comfort, and fulfillment in putting the wrongful pride aside in admitting one's fault. All in all another gorgeous and sterling quality Pixar release. What we liked: the movie had a great moral lesson about how pride can divide members of a family, and how a change of heart-humbleness-can repair relationships. (Photo courtesy of Marked Ministry Online Magazine is not sponsored or endorsed by Disney or Pixar. ( Log Out /  A few of us who are in a mentorship program spent one day with him watching the movie Braveheart and uncovering the leadership principles in the movie. One is the relationship between mother and daughter (fragility and significance of relationship). Includes pacing guide, pre-reading, film essay, activities, reading quizzes, notes, posters, author study, character analysis and discussions. LESSON #3: THE DEFINITION OF "BRAVE"-- In a movie titled Brave, you're bound to get more than a few examples of courage and bravery. Pixar easter egg hunters, be on your toes. She always loved her mother when her mother was allowing her to do what she wanted so that didn’t change at all. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. It is a fairy tale, after all, and like most fairy tales there is a moral lesson at the core. Despite not being a bear, Merida is a better catcher of fish then her mother and she spends much of the scene laughing at her mother’s poor efforts, including a time when a fish flies into her mouth and she starts choking. Nothing about her own impulsiveness. Brave is the studio's first female protagonist and first princess, but a far different one, as you will see, than the lexicon of beauties we know and adore in the doll aisle at the toy store. When she chews out her mother, she is always in the right to do so according to the heroic music that plays and how ‘brave’ she must be to ignore people she doesn’t respect while doing what she wants to do anyway. Even then, Pixar already had a stellar reputation for making extremely original tales and well-crafted films that were bigger than just being "child fare." Woman should be empowered, allowed to marry and do as they please. ( Log Out /  When I wrote lesson plans as part of my assignments, I was also scratching my head because I didn't have a list of moral values (which is an essential element in all lesson plans- you can look at the example I've provided), until one of my lecturers gave us a list when we were in IIUM. Even so, Pixar had to wipe some egg off its face and re-prove themselves with their 2012 feature Brave, opening this weekend. In Texas, they lynch negroes. Clear, top of the line effort went into the animation and at times especially the natural details look almost photorealistic. Led by an all-star cast, Only The Brave tells the story of these brave men and their surviving families. The latter was an equally vibrant and skillful animated feature that also happened to have a nonsensical storyline and little to no character development, the moral either lost entirely or shoddily squeezed in. Even the bit about how she can mend the tapestry she sliced in anger to cure her mother Merida literally reacts to as if she’s just learned a recipe rather then a lesson. So what happens is that again, despite having been forced to turn into a bear by her daughter’s own malicious wishes, the mother is STILL in the wrong. The entire presentation takes you to another place and that's what a good fairy tale should do. So Merida nearly causes the death of countless innocents, barters in black magic to satisfy her own wants over her parent’s, while her mother is compromised she abuses to opportunity to taunt her, and in the end she is guilted and coerced into fixing the problems she caused and for which she sacrifices nothing, and in the end she doesn’t even learn the lesson all this would suggest. Cars 2 had some kind of vague contradictory moral about accepting people even if they seem less then useful (or intelligent) and a ham handed environmental propaganda message, but Brave comes across as a film that needed a moral to justify itself as a Disney film, and nobody involved cared enough to find out why. ... Mr. JJ King is not a novice to entertainment writing, has covered everything from movies, video games, and tech-savvy products for the last three years. Coco, Disney and Pixar’s latest gift to the world, follows a story of a boy named Miguel who travels to the afterlife to reunite with his late family members while uncovering the mystery behind why his ancestors banned music. I was crying over the overwhelming faith of the Beam family. Two years ago, during the infancy of my fledgling website, I waxed poetically about the notion of "perfection" when I reviewed the absolute instant treasure of Toy Story 3 and talked about the impeccable track record of Pixar Animation Studios. While in the forest, she encounters the fabled "will o' the wisps," ghostly lights of magic, that lead her to the country cottage of a witch (voiced by Julie Walters) posing as a woodworker. Merida: ‘We both have.’. Most Disney films come with a lesson, but nothing as powerful as the lessons learned from Disney’s Moana. ... Trailer for the movie Brave - conjugate the verbs into the simple past. I had no idea how much I would love Brave. Even Fergus her father although he gives her a bow which sets her on the path to independence only does this action on a whim. Merida for all intents and purposes has done wrong because she enchanted her mother out of selfishness and pride, but as mentioned before both of these qualities the filmmakers cannot bring themselves to admit are wrong. Regardless of how one feels about the Vatican and its handling of its recent crises, one cannot help but doubt how much we feel let down. She again sees no parallels between herself and the bear, making that lesson too meaningless. As for her ‘flaw’, she is prideful, complains endlessly when she is asked to live up to responsibility, and brags about her exploits while putting down her own family members for her own amusement. It’s almost like the production studio was saddled with a moral lesson about pride which they didn’t believe themselves so they spent half the time supporting it because they had to but then the other half sneering at it. 5 weeks of literary analysis lesson plans for Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I think Brave is worthy enough to join Pixar's resume of near-perfection. This is an important movie and should be seen by everyone. The positives first off: Brave is beautiful. Jaws, The Revenge got 0%!” Point taken. I knew there was something special about it. I saw the fear in their eyes; and worse -- the shame. Inciting Event: The Scottish princess Merida’s mother Eleanor announces that the clans are all bringing their oldest sons as suitors for Merida’s hand. The first time I saw the Pixar film Inside Out, I had to hold back an all-out convulsive sob. -Humiliates and smugly teases her mother-turned-bear even though it’s Merida’s fault she transformed in the first place. -Nearly causes a war between three tribes which have for generations been united which she can only be bothered to step between when the war threatens to make fixing her bear mom difficult. I have been waiting for this movie to open ever since I saw the first trailer over the summer. The characters move and express with great personality. After all, she can never be in the wrong here. Video source: Brave Official Trailer #3 (2012) Pixar Movie HD. It’s seamless because they don’t make a point of anyone being diverse. Merida is a spirited and headstrong tomboy who has gravitated to the warrior ways of her father, especially after Fergus lost his leg in a non-coincidental (as you will see) bear attack, than to the regal preparation and lady etiquette of her mother. Brave needed to wash the Allinol out of our mouths and smell as good as the French cooking as Gasteau's. Merida’s mother has a classic (and period accurate) perspective on the necessity of setting aside one’s own desires for the good of the kingdom, especially as a ruler and a lady ought. She’s still willful, still without ties, still resents her parents who have just backed off and given her total freedom anyway, still willing to shake up the other tribes by suggesting an end to traditions just so she can do what she wants to. Even when Merida is required to distract the tribes so her mother can make it upstairs in their castle, her grand speech about realizing that she did wrong sounds so forced and reluctant that it’s very hard to buy as anything but words she feels she has to say just to cause the diversion. Brave is an excellent collection of Pixar firsts. Certainly she yells and screams at her well meaning mother, but the film sidesteps the issue of this being ungrateful or even malicious behavior by making the mother domineering and also insuring that every time Merida is close to overstepping the boundaries of rebelliousness into outright spite, it is everyone else who has to apologize for inconveniencing her. 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