Brave: A Giveaway & Some Musings

by Ginger on November 5, 2012

in Entertain Me, Mom Thoughts

Long before we became parents, we were Pixar fans. Part of that has always been because of N.C.’s art background–Pixar movies are gorgeous feats of animation innovation–but mostly, they’re just movies that tell great stories, with great characters, using beautiful images. What’s not to like?

Of course, becoming parents changes lots of things, and my view of Pixar movies is no exception. There is the element that has to do with how Jackson has connected with the films. Toy Story was his first real movie, and also his first obsession. We then moved through Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Up, Cars, Cars 2, then The Incredibles. Jackson has been enchanted, enraptured, and mesmerized by these movies, and they have been something we’ve been able to share together. It’s pretty cool to watch him watch these movies and see the joy on his face.

But there’s also the element of me, as a mother. I cried at parts of most Pixar movies before, but those same movies post-Jackson? I bawl. Because besides the big plots, besides the amazing characters, there seem to be a lot of little moments of…parenthood. That brief scene in Toy Story 3 where the mom comes into Andy’s room as he left for college. The half-second of loss in the opening montage of Up. The entirety of Finding Nemo. Pixar does a lot of things right, and their view of parenthood–of the mistakes, and tenderness, and connection–is one that is pretty freaking phenomenal.

So it’s no surprise to me that one of the things I connected the most with in Brave is the mother/daughter relationship. It’s an interesting movie for Pixar in a lot of ways. Of course, there’s the much anticipated female protagonist in Merida. I loved Merida as a character. I love her strength and her spunk and her ability to beat the boys at their usual games. (And let’s be honest: That hair is a mesmerizing wonder of animation. Seriously, watch some of the bonus features about how they did her hair, it’s fascinating).

But it was the relationship between Merida and her mother Elinor that I can’t stop thinking about. It was another interesting choice to me–focus on a mother/daughter relationship, and focus on a teenager instead of a young child (Toy Story 3 had Andy as a teenager, but that movie is not focused on the relationship between Andy and his mom the way Brave is). To see them go head to head, as almost all teenagers have at one point or another, was both an opportunity to remember being young myself and to look into the future at how I may(or may not) handle a teenager. To see the love Elinor obviously has for Merida, even though they clash, while Merida doesn’t always see that love because of the clash was…well, let’s just say I felt for Elinor a lot more than I might have when I was younger.

And yes, there was a moment or two in the movie that made me cry. It wouldn’t be Pixar without me needing to bust out the tissues. (Ok, fine, I didn’t cry at anything in the Cars movies, or A Bug’s Life. But those are the ONLY ones).

Brave may end up being a little intense for my little guy, but it definitely is joining my list of “can watch anytime” movies, in large part because of the relationship between Merida and both her parents…but especially her mother.

And one of you can add it to your list too! One reader will win their own Brave Ultimate Collector’s Edition: 5-Disc Combo Pack, so they can watch whenever they want, kids or no.

How can you get your hands on this one? Details:

  • How to enter: All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite animated movie and you’ll be entered to win.
  • Who can enter?: Anyone in the U.S. or Canada
  • Giveaway length: Comments will be accepted until 9pm PST on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012.
  • Winner will be announced: Thursday, November 8th, 2012.
  • Misc: One comment per person and the winner will be chosen via

Good luck!

Disney*Pixar’s Brave is available on Blue-ray, DVD, Digital & On-Demand on November, 13.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the Brave Combo Pack to review, but all opinions and yammering on about parenting are all me, obviously.

velocibadgergirl November 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

My favorite animated movie of all time is the Disney Robin Hood, but I love Pixar. I have learned that it’s a bad idea to go see their movies while pregnant, though. I ugly-cried through the beginning of Up when I was 8 weeks pregnant with Nico and then ugly-cried through pretty much all of Brave while pregnant with this one. I loved Brave, though, and am really looking forward to watching it with Nico, and not only because he’s totally hair-twins with Merida.

Bekah November 6, 2012 at 5:29 am

Gnomeo and Juliet. I just think its so cute.

Also – that college scene in Toy Story 2 – kills me. Last year, at Matts school they showed it on the last day in the auditorium. One of the other teachers had a son that was going to college that year, and Matt said she actually ran out of the room bawling. I totally would too!

Hope November 6, 2012 at 6:40 am

I think it would have to be Wall-E. With Up as a close second. Although you just have to *mention* the opening montage in Up and I start bawling like a baby. I don’t know if that pushes it up or down my list. :p

Madelyn November 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

My personal FAV animated will always be Finding Nemo!

Laureen November 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

My favorite is Monster’s Inc. So cute!!

Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy November 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

It’s hard to choose just one. I love Little Mermaid. But The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc. were so good, too. I can’t decide!

jeff November 6, 2012 at 10:47 am


nerdmommathfun November 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Beauty and the Beast

I didn’t even KNOW this one was my favorite until it came on last Christmas on network television – and I knew every word, intonation and tune the way I know my name. Apparently we watched it DAILY throughout my childhood (which I oddly don’t remember) and it just made me all warm and fuzzy inside. Actually, I might go pop that in now… Could use some warm fuzzies this afternoon!! (Screw you, election returns!!)

Alyssa November 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I love food, so I’d have to go with Ratatouille.

kakaty November 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I know this is cheesy but it’s Brave. I took my daughter to see it in the theater and it prompted a lot of good discussions between us. We’ve talked about why I want her to do/learn things and how hard that can seem to her. We’ve talked about working together as a family and she picked up on how cool it is to be courageous. I love that movie.

Alexis November 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

We love a lot of oddball animated movies. “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” are always popular here. My all time favorite is “Fantasia.” That may not even technically be a “movie” in the classical sense, but I could watch that, and its 2000 incarnation, a million times and still love every minute.

Erika November 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

It is SO hard to pick just one animated movie! My family loves The Lorax but my all time favorite is The Little Mermaid! Thanks!

Sarah C. November 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

So hard to pick, but Up and The Lorax are very good!

Scarlett November 7, 2012 at 12:20 am

Peter Pan!

Lori November 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

My favorite animated movie is Toy Story!

Becky November 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

It is hard to choose a favorite. So many that I love from Pixar. I would say that Cars is still pretty high on our list since we have two car-obsessed boys. 🙂

Rachael H. November 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

Absolutely, positively my favorite is Tangled! So sweet and funny, and the music is great.
Although I am a sucker for all animated movies 🙂

Thank you so much for the chance to win!!

Susie November 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

My fave animated movie is A Bug’s Life. I remember seeing it in theaters 5+ times, and I still own the VHS of it, despite not having a VCR.

sharon emma November 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

beauty and the beast and/or cinderella!

Denise C November 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Picking a favorite is tough..there are so many amazing movies! I’ll have to go with my first favorite from my childhood…Snow White!

Tiana Henry November 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Peter Pan!

Emma November 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Sleeping Beauty had been my favorite film as a child, though I must

Ali November 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

This is tough… I really like Peter Pan

Breanne November 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm


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