Brave Concept Art

Yesterday we saw Pixar’s new animated film Brave, the story of a frizzy-haired Scottish princess who wants to avoid betrothal and determine her own fate. While it definitely is a departure from Pixar’s signature whimsy, it feels genuine and classic like a throwback to the Disney animated films of the past. It is funny, emotional, and beautifully animated. And on top of that, it’s the first of Pixar’s films dedicated to a female lead character. Merida, with her red curls and awesome bow skills, is a great addition to the family of Disney princesses.

When I saw this small collection of Brave concept art, I knew the film was at least going to be amazing to look at. But, as Pixar has proven time and time again, we can always expect beautiful visuals and a beautiful story.

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My 10 Favorite Disney Songs Part I

I’ve recently been listening to a lot of Disney film soundtracks. It’s really incredible to consider all the amazing songs that have come from Disney animated features. I love almost every one, so making a list was pretty difficult. These are the songs that really remind me of their respective films and that I could sing along to forever.

Best Disney Villains

I love pretty much every Disney animated film. The two aspects I love most are the songs (post coming about that later) and the villains. Disney has the perfect formula for creating villains that are memorable, quotable, and charismatic. We’re supposed to hate these evil people who make hell for our heroes and heroines, but they’re usually articulate, rambunctious people that we can’t help but love. Sure, they may be only looking out for themselves, but they sure do seem fun.

The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, with her now iconic wardrobe, plays croquet like no one else. She has an almost unhealthy love of red roses and has no problem ordering the decapitation of young girls. She gets fiery mad at the smallest thing and how can you not love her rosy-red angry face?

Cruella De Vil loves fur, especially fluffy, spotted, dalmatian fur. She is a chic, powerful woman who smokes like a chimney and goes a little bit crazy. Men all over the country are still alluding to Cruella whenever their girlfriends or wives are being particularly maniacal. She also gives us the iconic phrase “I want all the puppies,” which I say about 20 times whenever I’m in a pet store.

Ursula is the ultimate, misogynistic tradeswoman, giving Ariel feet and encouraging her to keep her mouth shut and to lure a man with the wonders of her body. I can’t help but fall for this full-figured, full-voiced, half woman, half octopus. She might be a little crazy, but she does boast the largest collection of shriveled, former mermaids in the ocean.

Jafar is like the creepy uncle you only see at family reunions. He’s a good storyteller and has a crazy parrot he takes with him everywhere. He can’t remember your name, but can somehow convince you of anything. Although Jafar is power hungry, you have to appreciate his passion and determination.

Who knew the ruler of the Underworld would be so charming? Hades is a fast talker with an excitable and comical demeanor. His Achilles heel is laziness, preferring to sit back with a cocktail rather than do the dirty work. He employs the Titans and two mischievous minions to help overthrow Olympus. If you’re planning to take down the king of the gods, it’s probably best to hire better help.

Robin Hood

The newest adaptation of our favorite thief and archer, Robin Hood, featuring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett is due for release this upcoming weekend. I’m still trying to decide if I’m excited about it or indifferent to the idea of another boring Russell Crowe film. I love the story of Robin Hood and usually love an action-packed period piece. However, anyone deciding to tackle the beloved story must face the comparison with the two best Robin Hood movies ever made:

If it can’t compare with Disney’s Robin Hood or Mel Brooks’s Robin Hood: Men In Tights, then is it really worth seeing?