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June 22, 2012
for some scary action and rude humor
Voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating:
Brief partial nudity, minor sexual gestures and innuendo
Animal violence, bows and bladed weapons, brawling, slapstick
Mooning, belching, mucus humor
Princess Merida is a bold, exploring spirit, one who is weary of her mother
Elinor’s incessant nagging and demands that Merida display correct “ladylike”
behavior. Instead, Merida longs to be free to follow a life of adventure. When
the time comes for Merida to be pledged to one of the sons of the three great
families of Scotland, she rebelliously shows up the three contenders with her
superior skills, then flees into the woods, where she meets a witch who offers
to help her “change her fate.” But meddling with magic is always a risky
proposition – as Merida learns when the witch’s spell turns Elinor into a huge
bear! As Merida seeks to mend the situation, both she and Elinor learn that
there is more than one destiny possible for a young woman.
contains only minor content of concern to parents. Sexual innuendo is brief,
mild and intended only for comic effect. Scenes include one quick shot of a
group of men shown naked from behind (their bare rears are seen), Queen Elinor’s
husband playfully pinching her rear, and a maid hiding a key in her prodigious
bosom. There is some equally comic bodily humor, including mucus dripping from a
boy’s nose, men belching, and one of the lairds mooning others with his kilt
while bellowing, “Feast yer eyes!” Violence is limited to slapstick involving
characters falling down stairs, breaking furniture, and the like, and a large
comic brawl between the lairds and their armies. Medieval weapons like swords
and bows are brandished, but rarely used except in competitions or against wild
animals. There is at least one scene of a bear attack which may frighten very
little children, but most children over about age five should find little
worrisome. As is typical of Pixar’s films, there is no foul language in the
Brave is Pixar’s first film which prominently features a sole female hero;
and while Merida does reveal typically adolescent flaws such as impatience and
rebelliousness, she soon learns the error of her ways…without abandoning the
daring spirit which makes her unique. She also comes to learn the value of
family, and the importance of holding society together.
Because of its excellence and emphasis on family-friendly themes, the Parents
Television Council is proud to award Brave with the PTC Seal of
ApprovalTM. The PTC does not recommend this film for viewers
under age five.
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