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.
Artist Victor Hugo created an amazingly impressive render of Magneto’s first steps in the recognizable Pixar style. Pretty nerdy and awesome.
This weekend I went to see Toy Story 3, which is a work of absolute brilliance. It is everything a movie should be and can be enjoyed by child and adult alike. Pixar works its animation magic, creating gorgeous, believable, and vibrant scenes. As this is the third film in the series, we are truly invested in the characters. We know them, and we love them.
Not only is this film incredibly entertaining and funny, it is also deeply sad. For a “children’s movie”, it deals with some very real and familiar adult issues: loyalty, abandonment, betrayal, growing up, and letting go. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, as I hope everyone will go and see it, but I was crying like a baby as the movie came to an end. It’s a work of art and Pixar should be very proud. It raises the bar not just for animated films, but for all entertainment. This kind of emotional, hilarious, and beautiful film is possible and is now what we should expect.
Also, new character Bonnie is possibly the best part of the film: a beautiful example of joy and innocence.