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.

Erica November 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

Ooh I want to win! I think my fave animated movie is the last unicorn.

G K November 5, 2012 at 7:16 am

The Jungle Book

Charleen November 5, 2012 at 7:23 am

Favorite animated movie… that is tough, there are so many good ones. But, I think I have to say Aladdin. I haven’t seen it in so long, but I loved it as a kid, and the songs — particularly Robin Williams’ — are great.

ruth November 5, 2012 at 7:28 am

I could watch Up over and over, again. The animation is so beautiful and the story is simply lovely.

Chris November 5, 2012 at 7:36 am

If we’re including stop-motion, my favorite is easily Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. If not, then “The Iron Giant” is pretty great.

Doing My Best November 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

Cars is what comes to mind for my favorite…that could be influenced by the number of times I’ve had the chance to watch it in the past few years =).

Marlena November 5, 2012 at 7:52 am

Wow. I’d say An American Tale, since I remember seeing it in the theater with my mom. That meant a lot because I wasn’t living with her at the time and money was so tight, I knew that going to a movie was a big deal. I cried when he sang “Somewhere Out There.”

Mami2jcn November 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

I love Wall-E.

Matt Stringham November 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

I love Monsters, Inc. I cant wait for Monsters University!

Jessica November 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

I love toy story so do my kids.

Tragic Sandwich November 5, 2012 at 8:47 am

Hmm. This is a very tough choice. I’m going to have to go with Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. It’s very problematic, but I love the way the animation looks like medieval art. Which I don’t even like that much, but I appreciate how it inspired the look of the movie.

Miranda November 5, 2012 at 9:32 am

Man, picking a favorite is really hard- I have a lot of sentimental favorites. I love Monsters, Inc so SO much. However, Beauty and the Beast has such a place in my heart as it was my sister’s favorite movie as a kid, and then it was Hayley’s first favorite movie, too. Hayley would ask to watch it by saying, “Beast! Beast!”, while my sister had done the same by saying, “Belle! Belle!” It was a full circle parenting moment for me.

Chris November 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

My favorite animated movie is Kung Fu Panda

Christine November 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

Puss in Boots!

Natalie November 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

I like the old school animated movies like Cinderella and Bambi 🙂

Erin November 5, 2012 at 10:09 am

My all-time favorite animated movie is Sleeping Beauty. The art is just gorgeous. Lately, I also love Up and Tangled.

Chandy November 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

Tough one, but right now it’s Tangled- probably because we have it dvr’ed and watch it at least once a week:)

Cynthia November 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

Our family favorite is Toy Story 3

Vixen November 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hmmm, favorite. Well it used to be Snow White. But then along came Tangled, which I saw in the theater with the granddaughters. I can’t get enough of that movie. I am hoping I will win this giveaway and perhaps Brave will be our new fave.

Sondra Drahos November 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

Definitely hard to pick a favorite animated film since there are so many. I hate to pick a non-kid movie to shy away from the theme here, but my husband and I really like American Pop! Brave is one of my newer faves, though, that’s for sure.

Melissa Badour November 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

My favorite is The Lion King… it!

Danielle November 5, 2012 at 10:31 am

My favorite animated movie is Alice in Wonderland and has been since I was a young girl.

Nanette November 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

Fun! Beauty & The Beast is my all-time fav movie, but I love watching the Toy Story movies with my kiddo.

Lindsey Rounbehler November 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

I LOVE the movie Up. It is one of the sweetest love stories in a movie. It also helps that the dog, “Doug” is so freaking cute. I also love Wall-E. :o)

Jeff November 5, 2012 at 10:57 am


Kelly November 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

Finding Nemo is my favorite and for my kiddos too!!!

Ezekiel November 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Christa the BabbyMama November 5, 2012 at 11:02 am

We brought P. to the proper theater to see this one – and it ended up being so intense on the big screen that I took her out for the climactic end scene. But we kind of thought on a monitor it would be a bit less so.

My favorite animated movie is and will probably always be All Dogs Go to Heaven. I bawl like a baby every time I watch it.

Megan November 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

Yes! That scene with the empty room in Toy Story 3. God, I’m crying now just thinking about it. And don’t even get me started in Up. With my personal history, that opening montage was a BAD scene in the theater. Messy crying.

My favorite animated movie? I keep trying to think of something more sophisticated, but honestly, right now I love me some Tangled. I could watch it over and over again. I like it way more than Charlotte does, which is pretty lame.

Danielle T November 5, 2012 at 11:06 am

favorite animated movie is ratatouille!

Daniel M November 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

our current fav is tangled!

TechyDad November 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

My favorite animated movie is Toy Story 3, but we just saw Wreck It Ralph and I’m loving that one too.

Stephanie M November 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

Monsters Inc for Pixar, Beauty and the Beast for old school Disney. Too close to decide between.

Jesabes November 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

I think Monsters, Inc. is my favorite.

Mandy Blank November 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

I love Beauty & The Beast!!

Ali November 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Wow! Only one? We love Megamind, but are also fans of How to Train your Dragon and Wall-E.

We haven’t seen Brave yet!

Jenn Willey November 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Oh, my favorite animated movie – think it will always be “The Little Mermaid”! I can’t wait to see Brave as we’ve not seen it yet.

Cathlina Andrews November 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I too am a lover of Pixar movies, but my all time favorite is Monsters Inc. The story line was absolutely brilliant and I think it reached a lot of children who were afraid of the dark. It made me bawl knowing that at some point in the future my children will lose that child-like innocence and we will be forced to face real world problems. As children grow they tend to grow out of imagination. Even though my children are older we still watch these movies…more for me trying to grasp onto what little is left of my babies. This was a great post as all of your posts are!!!! Love you!

Colleen Lanin November 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

My favorite is probably Toy Story 3 or Puss in Boots!

Jen November 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I remember renting Cars on DVD when it first came out, way before Rowan was even a twinkle in my eye, and HATING it. Thought it was so boring, so stupid. But then, years later, we had a boy, and somehow that DVD found its way into our living room, and I think around viewing #76, I realized how much *I* now loved that movie. I still think the casting of Bonnie Hunt as Sally is weird, and Mater is mostly annoying, but I think it’s a lovely animated movie, so much better than its sequel, and I hope one day soon, we can take Rowan to Cars Land. Certainly before he outgrows it, as he inevitably will.

As a kid, I was a big fan of the Secret of NIMH.

Sharon November 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Favorite Animated Movie? Easy. Definitely Toy Story (the series). Though I must say I absolutely loved Ratatouille as well….

Melanie November 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I love Peter Pan!

Angela Smith November 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Its really hard for me to pick a favorite cartoon, but I love the Barbie movies. Every time a new one comes out my daughter and I cuddle up together and watch it together. And every time I see Up, I bawl.

andrea November 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

We were going to take B to see Brave in July after a dr appt, then found out that we’d be at the hospital delivering baby #2 instead. B got to see it with Grandma, but I still haven’t seen it.

Monsters inc was hubs and my first movie date together, so it is still a favorite. I also love Mulan, mostly for the girl brain power she shows.

Christina Albrecht November 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

This is a tough one, but I’d have to go with Finding Nemo!

Mary@LetsPlayOC November 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

We love CARS, Toy Story, and Nemo. Pixar makes the best movies!

Katrina November 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I just love The Lion King!

Rachael H. November 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

This is a GREAT movie & giveaway! Thanks for the chance! My favorite animated movie is definitely Tangled. So cute.

Tina H November 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

The Little Mermaid is a classic – and my favorite.

Joann Woolley November 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Finding Nemo – there are few movies I can watch again and again – this is one of them.

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