History YMMV / Brave

18th Jun '16 11:44:37 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** ''WebVideo/CinemaSins'' argued that the real villains of the movie are actually the ''wisps''. Everything was on track for the royal family to talk their way through their problems before the spirits intervened, and it was only through ludicrous luck that they all survived the resulting mess before ending up basically where they were before the spell took effect.
2nd Jun '16 1:58:26 PM Soufriere
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** The Witch's nature is a constant source of interpretation. Does she only specialise in bear-related curses? Does she twist what the buyer asks for into giving them a bear curse? Some have theorised that she may be TricksterMentor who gave Merida the curse specifically because she knew how the events of the movie would play out. Her appearance on ''Series/OnceUponATime'' goes with this interpretation; she appears to be villainous but it ends up being a SecretTestOfCharacter.

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** The Witch's nature is a constant source of interpretation. Does she only specialise specialize in bear-related curses? Does she twist what the buyer asks for into giving them a bear curse? Some have theorised theorized that she may be a TricksterMentor who gave Merida the curse specifically because she knew how the events of the movie would play out. Her appearance on ''Series/OnceUponATime'' goes with this interpretation; she appears to be villainous but it ends up being a SecretTestOfCharacter.



** Certainly got this from animation fan for it's Academy Awards win during the 2013 Oscars when other animated films like ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' and ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' were stronger contenders with much more appeal to them.

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** Certainly got this from animation fan fans for it's its Academy Awards Award win during the 2013 Oscars when other animated films like ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' and ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' were stronger contenders with much more appeal to them.



* LesYay: One popular interpretation of Merida is that she's not interested in any of the male suitors because she's homosexual. Like everything else about this movie, it's controversial, as it rules out her ''simply not wanting to get married.''

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* LesYay: One popular interpretation of Merida is that she's not interested in any of the male suitors because she's homosexual. Like everything else about this movie, it's controversial, as it rules out her ''simply not wanting to get married.''married''.



* NeverLiveItDown: Often mockingly compared to ''WesternAnimation/BrotherBear'' courtesy of its harshest critics, which also featured a [[BalefulPolymorph character turning into a bear]] and was similarly met with mixed feelings from audiences.

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* NeverLiveItDown: NeverLiveItDown:
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Often mockingly compared to ''WesternAnimation/BrotherBear'' courtesy of its harshest critics, which also featured a [[BalefulPolymorph character turning into a bear]] and was similarly met with mixed feelings from audiences. audiences.
** As mentioned above, its Oscar win over ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' and ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'', which caused many animation fans to turn on not just the Academy a perennial target for myriad reasons but also Pixar itself (the fact that ''Brave'' came on the heels of the CriticProof ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars2}}'' didn't help one bit). This was the movie that caused people to start derisively referring to the Best Animated Feature Oscar as the "Obligatory Disney/Pixar-Gets-An-Award Award" (or similar).



* RonTheDeathEater: Though Merida is a very flawed person, her detractors tend to exaggerate her faults to the point of making her out to be [[TeensAreMonsters borderline sociopathic.]] Most notable is the idea that Merida intentionally set out to poison or mind-control her mother, despite the fact that she did ''not'' know what the cake would do beyond a vague notion that it would "change" her, or change her fate. Also widespread is the notion that she could have ended the story instantly by simply apologizing to Elinor sooner, despite the terms of the spell being that they needed to "mend what was broken", indicating that ''both'' of them needed to make an effort to rebuild their love, not simply say that they were sorry.

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* RonTheDeathEater: Though Merida is a very flawed person, her detractors tend to exaggerate her faults to the point of making her out to be [[TeensAreMonsters borderline sociopathic.]] sociopathic]]. Most notable is the idea that Merida intentionally set out to poison or mind-control her mother, despite the fact that she did ''not'' know what the cake would do beyond a vague notion that it would "change" her, or change her fate. Also widespread is the notion that she could have ended the story instantly by simply apologizing to Elinor sooner, despite the terms of the spell being that they needed to "mend what was broken", indicating that ''both'' of them needed to make an effort to rebuild their love, not simply say that they were sorry.
25th May '16 8:59:25 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* HypeBacklash: A downplayed example; the trailers deliberately kept the details surrounding the plot a mystery to audiences leaving many curious of what the story behind Merida would be, so when viewers finally saw the film there was a fair share who were not impressed by the ultimate twist in the movie, or for the overall characterization of Merida.
23rd May '16 9:19:30 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* NeverLiveItDown: Often mockingly compared to ''WesternAnimation/BrotherBear'' courtesy of its harshest critics, which also featured a [[BalefulPolymorph character turning into a bear]] and was similarly met with mixed feelings from audiences.
6th May '16 9:10:31 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* AccidentalInnuendo: Merida declares her intention to enter the betrothal contest for her "[[ADateWithRosiePalms own hand]]".
20th Mar '16 2:51:42 PM stuffedninja
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** The movie itself is easily Pixar's most divisive film, both in terms of it's story and it's social politics (being a response to the criticism that [[MostWritersAreMale they didn't have any movies with female leads]]). To boil it down to the essentials, it's either a decent film with a well-written female lead and strong message, or ninety minutes of Pixar going "We're so totally not sexist!!" amidst [[ClicheStorm modern animation cliches]].

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** * BrokenBase: The movie itself is easily Pixar's most divisive film, both in terms of it's its story and it's its social politics (being a response to the criticism that [[MostWritersAreMale they didn't have any movies with female leads]]). To boil it down to the essentials, it's either a decent film with a well-written female lead and strong message, or ninety minutes of Pixar going "We're so totally not sexist!!" sexist!" amidst [[ClicheStorm modern animation cliches]].
17th Mar '16 3:43:32 PM Nakayama90
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* WhatAnIdiot: Merida decides, for some reason, that poisoning her mother with a cake that was made with magic and by a person she has met only once would be a good idea and not end badly.
17th Mar '16 3:34:55 PM Nakayama90
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** The movie itself is easily Pixar's most divisive film, both in terms of it's story and it's social politics (being a response to the criticism that [[MostWritersAreMale they didn't have any movies with female leads]]). To boil it down to the essentials, it's either a decent film with a well-written female lead and strong message, or ninety minutes of Pixar going "We're so totally not sexist!!" amidst [[ClicheStorm modern animation cliches]].



* LoveItOrHateIt: This is easily Pixar's most divisive film, both in terms of it's story and it's social politics (being a response to the criticism that [[MostWritersAreMale they didn't have any movies with female leads]]). To boil it down to the essentials, it's either a decent film with a well-written female lead and strong message, or ninety minutes of Pixar going "We're so totally not sexist!!" amidst [[ClicheStorm modern animation cliches]].
20th Feb '16 11:16:37 AM Eagal
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** When Merida is feeding [[spoiler:bear!Elinor fish, the latter ends up ignoring her self-made "knife and fork" in favor for eating them predator-style. Was this a funny moment of her loosening up a little and realizing she's a bear for heaven's sake, she doesn't need table manners? Or was it a creepy, early hint of her turning into a bear on the inside?]] [[TakeAThirdOption Or perhaps both?]]

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** When Merida is feeding [[spoiler:bear!Elinor fish, [[spoiler:Elinor fish while the latter is turned into a bear, Elinor ends up ignoring her self-made "knife and fork" in favor for eating them predator-style. Was this a funny moment of her loosening up a little and realizing she's a bear for heaven's sake, she doesn't need table manners? Or was it a creepy, early hint of her turning into a bear on the inside?]] [[TakeAThirdOption Or perhaps both?]]



** Queen Elinor on the opposite scale, see InternetBackdraft below.


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%%** Queen Elinor on the opposite scale, see InternetBackdraft below.
14th Jan '16 8:24:13 AM Anddrix
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* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Meta. Several fans are convinced that "Merida" is a variant of "Meredith", but this cannot be true unless Pixar were uncharacteristically sloppy in their research. ''Brave'' takes place in Scotland, sometime in the Middle Ages; "Meredith" is a Welsh name, and until the late 20th century was exclusively male.
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