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Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio
Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Irene Mecchi
Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
First off, I was very glad to see the new short from Pixar, which always come before their movies. This one was actually a bit more vocal terms of grunts, groans and what might have been Spanish?? None the less it is always a pleasure.
The story started off with Merida; a typical little tomboy just trying to be a kid having fun. Her father the king is very playful and childlike himself, encourages her. Her mother the queen on the other hand is trying her best to prepare her in being a lady, for the day she will one date rule the kingdom.
Then comes along her three little little brothers, who do their share in distracting her in their mother's teachings. They are always getting into mischief and trouble, while Merida and their father eggs them on, enjoying their childhood.
One day, Merida gets the news which she is totally oblivious to; all the first born from the surrounding clans will come forth to compete in a competition for her hand in marriage. She of course is upset about this and reluctantly sits in, picking the sport of Archery (her favourite) as the deciding factor.
All hell breaks loose when Merida herself steps in (as first born to her parents) to compete for her own hand, winning the competition by splitting the bullseye arrow down the middle with her own arrow. She is determined to have her way.
Her mother is furious and forbids her, but Merida runs off into the woods. She finds these mysterious glowing fairy like creatures called wisps and follows them even deeper into the woods. There she finds a mysterious cabin, and a wood carver/witch whom she begs to give her a spell to help her change the outcome of her destiny.
Despite the witches warning she uses the spell with devastating results. She has only two days to reverse the spell by mending the bond between her and her mother, while trying to protect her from danger.
This was a wonderful tale, and just goes to show, be careful what you wish for, because it might not be exactly what you hoped for.