Animation distinguishes Disney's 'Brave'

Los Angeles Daily NewsNovember 15, 2012 

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    New films: Savages ($29.98, $34.98); 2 Days in New York ($26.98, $29.98); The Watch ($29.99, $39.99); Queen of Versailles ($26.98, $29.98); Vamps ($22.98, $24.98); Painted Skin: The Resurrection ($24.98, $29.98); Nitro Circus: The Movie ($26.99, $32.99).

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    Special interest: Stephen Sondheim's Company With the New York Philharmonic ($24.98, $29.98); Paul McCartney: Live Kisses ($29.98, $34.98); Pixar Short Films Collection 2 ($29.99, $39.99).

Pixar/Disney's Brave tells the story of a young spirited Scottish princess named Merida who balks at an arranged marriage. The film is a marvel of computer animation — Merida's flaming red hair is as free as she wants to be.

Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald of HBO's Boardwalk Empire) loves to ride her horse and is handy with a bow, but her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), wants her to be a lady and tries to rein her in. When her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly), offers her hand in marriage to prevent a war, Merida flees. She, unlike so many princesses before her in animated films, doesn't dream of a prince to save her. But asking for help from a witch (Julie Walters) proves a bad idea. When a spell backfires, Merida's mother is imperiled.

Brave's story seems stretched a bit, but the film never stops being lively, and the animation is a joy.

Brave retails for $29.99 or $39.99 Blu-ray.

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