Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Writer: Brenda Chapman (story by), Mark Andrews (screenplay), Steve Purcell (screenplay), Brenda Chapman (screenplay), Irene Mecchi (screenplay)
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
Runtime: 93 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Released: 22 Jun 2012
Synopsis: Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.
In a prologue, we see Lord Fergus and Lady Elinor in a forested area, celebrating the birthday of their young daughter, Merida. Though Elinor happily plays with Merida, she grows perturbed when Fergus gives the little girl her own bow and set of arrows.
As Merida tries to hit a target, one of the arrows sails off into the forest nearby. Merida runs off and retrieves it, but soon encounters a glowing blue willo-the-wisp. Going back to her parents, she tells what she saw, and her mother explains that they can lead a person to their destiny.
Suddenly, the mood is broken as an enormous black bear enters the camp grounds. Merida and her mother quickly take leave as Lord Fergus and his men fight against the bear.
Time passes, and we see that Lord Fergus has lost his leg to the bear. In the time that has passed, Lady Elinor has given birth to three mischievous boys (triplets), and Merida is now a teenager. While her mother wants her to be proper, Merida is moreso intent on practicing archery, and journeying off in the forest.
One evening, a messenger brings word that the 3 neighboring clans have accepted the offer to fight for Merida’s hand in marriage. Naturally, the young woman is not at all happy with this situation. Elinor explains to her daughter that the clans must be kept in harmony, or chaos may reign. She relates the story of how the clans were descended from four brothers, but one of them wanted more power than the others, and caused the balance of power to crumble. Even so, this does little to quell Merida’s resentment of the betrothal.
As they wander in the woods, the two come across the willo-the-wisps again, and follow them. They are lead to a high mountain, and the ruins of a great castle. Inside, Merida finds a stone tablet depicting 4 men, with one of them separated from the group. Soon, Merida realizes that she is in the castle in the legend her mother told her about, and soon makes the connection:
The brother who attempted to seize power from his siblings went to the witch, and her spell turned him into a bear…powerful and stronger than his brothers, but he was unable to change back, and became a rampaging beast, the same one who took Lord Fergus’ leg!
Suddenly, the bear emerges from the darkness and attempts to attack Merida. Elinor manages to save her daughter, and the two head back to the circle of stones. However, Merida is now sure what needs to be done. The witch’s spell mentioned mending, and Merida feels that if she can mend the tapestry she cut the day before, her mother will be saved.