My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brave is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Wikipedia

I went to see Brave last Monday (not this Monday, but the Monday before). I will put in my disclaimer: I shed a tear at the end. In my defense, it was a really good movie.

Okay, first thoughts: The commercials were totally misleading!

Second thoughts: This is better than I thought it would be.

Brave was a movie that I wanted to see since I saw the first commercial for it months ago. Aside from my love of all things Highland, she reminded me of a book I read as a child about a princess and a dragon that switch places. It is a story about finding your place in the world and realizing that people are more than what they show you or the role they play in your life.

It’s a story about how deep the bond is between a mother and daughter, how fierce a person can be when a loved one is threatened, and how much courage and how brave you have to be to be the change you want to see in the world (yes, I totally just stole that line).

This story is about witches and bears and freedom and love. A better combination, I have yet to see! Pixar and Disney partnering up is the best thing that has happened to fairy tale lovers. With Disney’s core belief in goodness prevailing and happily ever after and Pixar’s amazing ability to show us a story and not tell, they create hit after hit.

I recommend this film for mothers with young daughters, for daughters period. We can all relate to how frustrating it can be to feel that you are not being heard. Perhaps this movie will help you move the conversations along.

For a good book that is also about a princess that is not as conventional as most and that you can read to your toddler before bed, check out:  The Princess and the Dragon (Child’s Play Library)

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