Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Change your fate.
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Mérida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh, and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall.
Winner of Academy Award for Best Animated Film, Pixar's Brave is their only Oscar-winning feature to date that doesn't feel worthy of such honour for it travels a much safer & risk-free route unlike any of their previous works plus features a narrative that bears more similarity to Disney films than Pixar's unconventional method of storytelling.
Set in the Scottish Highlands, Brave tells the story of Merida; a skilled archer & princess who defies an old-age custom of her kingdom by choosing to not be betrothed. Wanting to take control of her own life rather than let it be decided by others, she stumbles upon a witch & asks for a spell to fulfil her wish, which goes horribly wrong.
Directed by Mark…
Pixar are experiencing a turbulent time of late as their impeccable track record has become a little patchy. This was always going to happen, no studio can produce classic after classic at the rate they did, but what is the reason for this gradual decline? I think it is easy to blame it on the Disney influence, the move towards sequels (something Pixar tried to steer clear of in the past) certainly points to this, but could it be simply a migration of talent? Look at the studio’s greatest achievements and they have been guided by a small but elite group of directors who have all either moved onto pastures new or have greater business commitments with the House of…
Another collaboration between Disney and Pixar and yet another slight disappointment (after the waves of reviews that called it a "mediocre" movie, it was hard to come to it with extremely high expectations, but I was still expecting it to be a little better than this. After all, it's Pixar)—it's now clear to see that Pixar and the filmmakers behind the animation house are going through a period of lack of imagination and originality—the latest films we've seen from them were sequels, prequels and this, which is definitely one of their least charming and original films to date.
Allow me to clarify something, Brave is definitely one Pixar's best works on a technical level—the animation is more stunning than ever,…
Pixar did the right thing by the viewer in not giving away the film’s central plot twist in the trailer, but in doing so set its audience up to expect a run-of-the-mill Disney plot with fancy clothes and hair.
The Disney influence is evident, but mostly just in the first act: songs are kept to a merciful minimum (if only they’d done the same with Billy Connolly!), and once the story starts to unfold, Pixar’s wit and charm comes to the fore.
On a technical level, the sheer scope of the woodland setting makes this Pixar’s most impressive accomplishment to date, and Merida’s bright orange ringlets probably deserve an effects Oscar all of their own.
But the real triumph is in the delivery of a fable full of strong female role models, without falling back on the tiresome clichés that populate many of Disney’s more popular films.
If you had a chance to change your fate, would you?
It's a good film, just not a good PIXAR film. It will never be heralded as one of their groundbreaking films, and it won't be regarded as good as most of their other films. In fact this is awfully close to the Disney brand of Princess movies unfortunately.
It's saving grace is the character of Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who is extremely charming and fun to watch with her wild uncontrollable red hair. While she is a princess, she's unlike any other princess Disney has seen before.
There's several other memorable characters too, most notably King Fergus voiced by Billy Connolly who I always enjoy, but…
Imagine for a second if Pixar made a Disney film. That film would be Brave.
Yes, this is more of a Disney film than a Pixar film, but it really works here. This film is filled with strong female characters that you can root for, especially the lead heroine voiced by Kelly MacDonald. Princess Merida is a likable and strong heroine who women, especially little girls, can and should be able to relate to; I'd put her up there with some of the best Disney princesses out there. You get amazing voice talents from a wonderful cast that includes Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Craig Ferguson, and Billy Connoly who really stood out in my mind. Each character has a lot…
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Film #8 of the 2016 Awards Season Scavenger Hunt!
Task #7: A Pixar Film
Oh Pixar. I had forgotten this entirely and thought maybe that was a lapse in my own memory, but idk this was kind of exactly as forgettable as my not remembering it would lead one to believe, wouldn't it? Kind of in a way leading up to the phenomenally underwhelming The Good Dinosaur, this was more beautiful than I've given it credit for - my god Merida's hair still holds up as an amazing feat of engineering, but the story is just... not there. I guess there's some funny bits I liked and some serious bits I thought were played out well.
The mother-daughter relationship…
By no means is this among pixar's best but it is still a very solid animated movie with stunning animation. It has a strong female lead and no romantic love story, which I appreciate. Instead it is about the relationship between a daughter and her mother.
I kind of didn't care at all about any of the characters
I waited a long time to watch this as the subject didn't interest me, and I had heard it was a lesser Pixar film.
I've learned a lesson. Always trust in Pixar. No, this is not among their best films but it's still above average for an animated film. It's a sweet story with a nice morality that doesn't feel patronising -- a problem I have with a lot of films aimed at children these days. Pixar get it.
Cool movie. Didn't cry :(
Finally decided to watch this with my sons. I had never seen it and had no idea what the plot was. It was a nice surprise when the twist occurs and the narrative is sent off in a bizarre fantasy direction. It brought out a lot of humour and an okay action climax. The mother-daughter relationship is the focus and the strength of the movie, and was touching in the end ... but this felt like a watered down effort when compared with Pixar's other films.
With the recent revelation that Disney Princesses barely get to speak in their own movies, it's nice to remember that Brave gives a lot of the action to the ladies.
The plot lulls a bit in this one, but I still enjoy it. The physical comedy of the mother coming to terms with being a bear is hilarious, and some of the scenery is really captivating. The castle where Merida finds Mor'du has appeared in my dreams.
And of course, Julie Fowlis on the soundtrack is lovely. She's become a staple in bedtime music at our house.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Josh Darby's original list: letterboxd.com/darbyact/list/awards-season-scavenger-hunt-feb-2016/
1. A film that was snubbed for an Oscar
2. A film that undeservingly won…