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Exploring the Benefits of Using Brave Internet Browser

In today’s digital age, internet browsers have become an essential tool for accessing information and engaging with various online platforms. With numerous options available in the market, it can be challenging to find a browser that meets all your needs. One such browser that has gained popularity in recent years is the Brave Internet Browser. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using the Brave Internet Browser and why it may be the perfect choice for your online browsing needs.

Enhanced Privacy and Security

One of the key advantages of using the Brave Internet Browser is its focus on privacy and security. In comparison to other browsers, Brave takes a proactive approach in protecting user data from third-party trackers and intrusive ads. By default, Brave blocks unwanted ads and trackers, providing a more secure browsing experience.

Brave also offers additional privacy features such as HTTPS Everywhere, which ensures secure connections to websites whenever possible. This feature encrypts your data while browsing, preventing potential eavesdropping or unauthorized access to your personal information.

Moreover, Brave’s built-in protection against malware and phishing attempts adds an extra layer of security to your online activities. With these robust privacy and security features, you can browse the web with peace of mind knowing that your data remains protected.

Faster Browsing Speeds

Another notable benefit of using the Brave Internet Browser is its emphasis on speed. Traditional browsers often come bundled with various plugins and extensions that can slow down your browsing experience. However, Brave eliminates unnecessary bloatware by stripping down its codebase to provide a faster and more streamlined browsing experience.

Additionally, Brave employs advanced techniques like ad-blocking at a browser level rather than relying on external plugins or extensions. This approach not only enhances privacy but also significantly improves page load times since ads are no longer loaded during web page rendering.

Furthermore, by blocking unwanted ads and trackers by default, Brave reduces bandwidth usage resulting in faster loading times for web pages. This can be particularly beneficial when browsing on mobile devices or in areas with slower internet connections.

Rewards for Content Creators

One unique aspect of the Brave Internet Browser is its integration with the Basic Attention Token (BAT) ecosystem. BAT is a cryptocurrency designed to reward both content creators and users for their engagement. Brave users have the option to opt-in to view privacy-respecting ads and, in return, are rewarded with BAT tokens.

Content creators, on the other hand, receive a portion of these tokens as compensation for their content when users engage with their websites or videos. This innovative approach creates a symbiotic relationship between users, content creators, and advertisers while preserving user privacy.

By using Brave as your preferred browser, you can support your favorite content creators directly without relying solely on traditional advertising revenue models. This unique system adds an additional layer of value to your browsing experience while supporting the digital content ecosystem.

Cross-Platform Compatibility

Lastly, the Brave Internet Browser offers cross-platform compatibility across various devices and operating systems. Whether you are using Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, or Android, you can enjoy a seamless browsing experience across all your devices.

Brave also provides synchronization capabilities that allow you to sync bookmarks and browsing history across multiple devices effortlessly. This ensures that you can access your favorite websites and continue from where you left off regardless of the device you are using.

Additionally, Brave’s user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate regardless of whether you are using it on a desktop computer or a mobile device. The consistent user experience provided by Brave makes it an excellent choice for those who frequently switch between different devices throughout the day.

In conclusion, the Brave Internet Browser offers several benefits that make it stand out among its competitors. From enhanced privacy and security features to faster browsing speeds and support for content creators through BAT rewards, Brave caters to modern-day internet users’ needs. Its cross-platform compatibility further adds to its appeal. So, why not give Brave a try and experience a faster, more secure, and rewarding browsing experience?

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Absurdly violent for a kids movie, with a weak story around it., another great pixar film, underrated movie and people need to stop whining over silly things, great adventure, lady in red, positive tale with some scariness, strong girl power, amazing but a little frightening for little kids.

Brave (2012)

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  • Violence & Gore (17)
  • Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (2)
  • Frightening & Intense Scenes (5)
  • Spoilers (2)

Sex & Nudity

  • Mild 59 of 119 found this mild Severity? None 50 Mild 59 Moderate 6 Severe 4 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.

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  • Mild 40 of 65 found this mild Severity? None 5 Mild 40 Moderate 17 Severe 3 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
  • A group of men sing a rowdy war song about a menacing bear terrorizing their land and all the things they plan to do to said bear. While not explicitly profane, the lyrics give details involving blood, violence, and gore. Edit
  • A crow gets whacked with a broom for comic effect. Edit
  • A group of men get into a brawl. Edit
  • There is a fight with a huge bear in which people are thrown around and often hit rocks. Edit
  • A massive bear emerges from behind a rock formation, the bear growls and swipes at several men. One bear defeats another, revealing a human spirit. Edit
  • Objects are thrown several times at a crow- they miss. Edit
  • There is an axe and several arrows thrown at a stuffed bear and discussion about how this will happen to a real bear. Edit
  • A massive bear rears up behind a woman and a young girl while men with weapons race toward it. Edit
  • A man pulls out a sword and tries to swipe at a bear, the man's daughter jumps in front of the bear and the bear rears up and accidentally swipes the girl (we see a small cut on the girl's arm); the bear then runs from the room and is chased by several men through the forest. Edit
  • Several men shoot arrows at one another until a girl walks through the fighting and they stop and stare at her (no one appears to be injured). Edit
  • A woman, in the form of a bear, rears up and growls at her human daughter; the girl is scared and seconds later the bear calms down and realizes she's human. Edit
  • A girl ducks multiple times, narrowly avoiding hitting multiple trees as she rides a horse until the horse bucks and she lands on the ground with a thud (she stands up, unharmed). Edit
  • A man holds a woman at sword point and shoves her out of the way as he and several others scour a castle for a bear. Edit
  • An older woman magically forces several knives to surround a girl; the woman instructs the knives to turn around to her, then return to aim at the girl and moments later they drop to the ground (no one is harmed). Edit
  • A man kicks open a door and shoves another man out of his way. Edit
  • A girl dramatically jokes that she "expects a declaration of war in the morning." Three men share dramatic stories about their sons being able to fight wars and standing up to "10,000 Romans." Edit
  • A woman in bear form and a girl hunt for fish; the bear grabs and eats fish directly from a stream and we see the girl spear a fish for food. This isn't graphic. Edit
  • None 61 of 63 found this to have none Severity? None 61 Mild 1 Moderate 0 Severe 1 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.

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  • The guests drink what is presumably beer at the betrothal gathering. Edit
  • Merida suggests opening the King's private reserve (presumably of something alcoholic), which is met with enthusiastic approval. Edit

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  • Moderate 42 of 88 found this moderate Severity? None 5 Mild 31 Moderate 42 Severe 10 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
  • In a heated argument, Merida tears off her family tapestry in an "Über-ticked off" expression. Edit
  • The witch that Merida meets in the woods could be scary for some kids Edit
  • After Merida slashes the family tapestry with a sword, Queen Elinor forcefully pulls Merida's bow off her back and in a fit of rage throws it in the fireplace. This causes Merida to storm out of the castle in tears Edit
  • There are scenes containing fights with a huge bear. The appearance of this bear (scars and arrows in the body) might be frigtening on its own. Edit
  • The scene of fight between two bears is very intense. Edit

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  • When the mother fully turns into a bear, Merida starts crying, wanting her mother back. This may make many cry or be sad as it shows she may lose her mother forever. Edit
  • There's a scene towards the end of the movie that is known for having scared a lot of children. The film's villain being a rabid bear is frightening in itself, but finding out that the bear is actually a homicidal human turned into a bear is very unsettling. Edit

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Set in medieval Scotland, Brave tells the story of Merida (voice of Kelly MacDonald), daughter of Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson) and King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly). The young Princess Merida likes to be outdoors horse-riding and shooting arrows. She doesn’t want to learn how to be a perfect princess. She is so feisty and rebellious that she tells Queen Elinor that she’d rather die than be like her.

Merida is horrified to learn that when she reaches a certain age, she is expected to choose a husband from one of the other royal families in the kingdom. She rides off into the woods rather than going through with this arrangement. There she finds an old witch. She begs the witch for help to make her mother change her mind. The solution that the witch comes up with is so awful that it takes all of Merida’s bravery to undo the witch’s curse.

Magic and witchcraft; family conflict

This movie has some violence. For example:

  • King Fergus shoots a grizzly bear with arrows. The bear fights back, and the King loses a leg (although the scene doesn’t show this).
  • A fight breaks out among three men who want to marry Merida. It turns into a brawl between all the rival clans. Merida’s three young brothers join the brawl and hit a man on the foot with a club.
  • The King is turned into a grizzly bear and attacks Elinor. He cuts Merida on the arms by mistake as she’s trying to protect her mother.
  • Elinor is caught and tied up with ropes. Merida has to fight off her father with a sword to stop him from killing her mother.
  • Elinor and the large grizzly bear fight each other. A falling stone kills the grizzly bear.

Sexual references

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

This movie has some nudity. For example, the clansmen appear without their kilts, showing their bare bottoms.

Product placement

Coarse language, ideas to discuss with your children.

Brave is an animated adventure set in medieval times. The story of a warrior princess will appeal to older children but is too scary for younger children. It’s made more intense by 3D effects.

The main messages from this movie are that your fate is up to you. You can change your destiny if you’re brave.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include:

  • a strong female lead character
  • courage and bravery
  • the ability to say you’ve made a mistake.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues such as:

  • making rash decisions and having to deal with the consequences
  • rebelling against your parents and traditions.

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Brave Parent Guide

And while the tension in this mother-daughter relationship is one other moms and girls may relate to, the threats aimed at these main characters may be too intense for younger viewers..

Chaos ensues in a Scottish kingdom when Princess Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) defies the traditions of the country and takes her future into her own hands. But proving her bravery will take more than her archery skills.

Release date June 22, 2012

Run Time: 94 minutes

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The guide to our grades, parent movie review by kerry bennett.

Redheads finally get their own hero in the form of a feisty Scottish princess with a mass of wild, ginger-colored curls.

From her infancy, Merida (voice by Kelly Macdonald) has been groomed for the role of a royal by her mother, the stately Queen Elinor (voice by Emma Thompson). But Merida chaffs under the imposed restrictions of etiquette and embroidery skills. She prefers to race through the woods shooting arrows at targets suspended along the path. The clash of ideals between parent and child peaks when Merida discovers she is about to be betrothed to the man who wins an archery competition.

There, in the dark recesses of the forest, she stumbles upon a woodcarving witch (voice by Julie Waters) who supplies her with a potent spell. In moment of impetuosity, Merida uses the magic charm on her mother. (This kind of impulsiveness is what gives redheads a reputation for having hotheaded tempers.) Unfortunately, the consequences for her act are unbearable, but to undo it will take more than a steady aim and sure shot.

With three rowdy little brothers and a rather ineffective father (voice by Billy Connolly), she and her mother are the powerhouses in this female-centric film. And while the tension in their relationship is one other moms and girls may relate to, the threats aimed at these main characters and the frequent use of weapons may be too intense for younger viewers. As well, the film contains several frightening scenes played out on the big screen in 3D splendor. To offset the scary action, the script includes some animated male buttock nudity and the unruly antics of Merida’s younger siblings (one of whom dives into the ample bosom of a housemaid to retrieve a key).

Merida may be Pixar’s latest addition to the Disney stable of princesses, but she is far spunkier than the original fairytale royals. She also isn’t waiting around for a Prince Charming to whisk her away. This storyline reflects a far more contemporary take on female independence where women decide not only whom they will marry, but if. While that is a great step forward in Merida’s mind, it doesn’t happen until both this mother and daughter learn the value of listening.

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Brave rating & content info.

Why is Brave rated PG? Brave is rated PG by the MPAA for some scary action and rude humor.

Violence: The frequent use of bows and arrows are shown. A character attacks a bedpost with a sword. A bear threatens a family and is attacked with weapons. A man loses his leg in the battle. Children and animals behave badly at the dinner table. During a fistfight, characters bite, pinch, head butt, poke eyes and use objects to hit one another. Characters argue verbally on several occasions. A bird is smacked with a broom. Characters break out in a brawl, firing arrows and throwing axes at each other. A girl falls through a roof. Characters are threatened and chased by an animal. A bear is shot repeatedly. He is shown with arrows hanging from his back. A character is smashed by a large rock. People engage in sword fights.

Sexual Content: A young character dives into a woman’s bosom to retrieve a key. A married couple kisses and shows some moments of affection. Animated, male buttock nudity is shown in a non-sexual context. A man raises his kilt and moons his competitors (no nudity is seen).

Language: Some name-calling is included in the script.

Alcohol / Drug Use : Characters rush to open the King’s wine cellar to celebrate.

Other: Characters are changed by a spell. A woman practices the dark arts.

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Brave Parents' Guide

Like many parents today, Queen Elinor is eager to give her daughter advantages she didn’t have. What things do you have that your parents did not? What are the basics that children need to succeed? What do Elinor and Merida discover they really need from one another? What is important when it comes to building strong parent/child relationships?

In the past arranged marriages served as a way to build alliances between countries. What was the benefit of these kinds of pairings? What advantage did it have for the countries involved? What were the disadvantages? Is there still a role for arranged marriages? Would you want your parents to find a partner for you?

Highland games, held in Scotland and other countries, pit competitors against one another in numerous athletic competitions including the caber toss , stone put and Scottish hammer throw .

The most recent home video release of Brave movie is November 12, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Brave

Release Date: 13 November 2012

Brave releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack) with the following extras:

- Audio Commentary

- Animated Short: La Luna

- Bonus Short: The Legend of Mordu

Exclusive HD Content

- Brave Old World

- Fallen Warriors

- Dirty Hairy People

- It is English… Sort Of

- The Tapestry

- Promotional Pieces

- Art Gallery

- Merida & Ellnor

- Brawl In The Hall

- Wonder Moss

- Clan Pixar

- Once Upon A Scene

- Extended Scenes & Alternate Opening

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Another mother and daughter duo gets the opportunity to see the other’s point of view in Freaky Friday . An unconventional young character also takes on scary creatures in How to Train Your Dragon . The art of archery plays a major role in Disney’s Robin Hood . Along with this animation, Pixar has also produced The Incredibles , Cars , Cars 2, and the Toy Story franchise.

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Not recommended under 7; parental guidance to 10 (violence and scary scenes)

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  • sexual references
  • nudity and sexual activity
  • use of substances
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A synopsis of the story

Set in medieval Scotland, Brave tells the story of Merida (voice of Kelly MacDonald), daughter of Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson) and King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly). The young princess prefers to be outdoors horse-riding and shooting arrows than learning how to be a perfect princess. She is feisty and rebellious to the point of telling her mother that she’d rather die than be like her. 

Merida is horrified to learn that when she reaches a certain age, she is expected to choose a suitor from one of the other royal families in the kingdom. So adamant is she that she won’t go through with this arrangement that she rides off into the woods to escape her doom. There she finds an old witch who she implores to help make her mother change her mind. The solution that the witch devises is so awful that it takes all of Merida’s courage to undo the beastly curse.

Themes info

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Magic and witchcraft; family conflict

Use of violence info

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is some violence in this movie including:

  • King Fergus shoots the grizzly bear with arrows.  The bear fights back and the King loses a leg although this is not shown.
  • A fight breaks out amongst the three suitors and this becomes an all-out brawl between all the rival clans.
  • Merida’s three young brothers join in the fight and hit a man on the foot with a club.
  • The King attacks Elinor (as a bear) and cuts Merida on the arms by mistake as she’s trying to protect her mother.
  • Elinor is caught and tied up with ropes and Merida has to fight her father off with a sword to prevent him from killing her mother.
  • Elinor and the large grizzly bear fight each other and the grizzly bear is killed by a falling stone.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under five info.

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • The grizzly bear is very large and roars loudly.
  • The woods are very dark and creepy.
  • The old witch is ugly and toothless and quite scary looking.
  • Merida’s mother is changed into a large brown bear.
  • Merida’s little brothers are all changed into bear cubs.
  • Merida finds herself alone in the dark woods and follows a path lit by willow wisps. Suddenly she is attacked by a large, vicious grizzly bear.
  • Merida is thrown off her horse when he gets spooked by some magical force.
  • The witch kills a crow with her broomstick but it comes alive again.
  • Knives and hammers and other tools all fly towards Merida but then they stop and turn towards the witch.
  • When Elinor is turned into a bear, she is timid at first but gradually becomes wilder, turning on Merida a few times and growling and snarling at her.
  • Merida and her mother, as a bear, spend a frightening night in the woods during a thunderstorm, trying to avoid getting caught.

Aged five to eight info

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Children in this age group are also likely to be scared by the above-mentioned scenes.

Aged eight to thirteen info

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Younger children in this age group may also be scared by some of the above-mentioned scenes.

Thirteen and over info

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

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Product placement

None of concern

Sexual references

Nudity and sexual activity.

There is some nudity in this movie, including:

  • The clansmen appear without their kilts, showing their bare bottoms.

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • magic potions

Coarse language

In a nutshell.

Brave 3D is a mythical animated movie set in medieval times. The story of a warrior princess will appeal to older children but is too scary for younger children and is made more intense by the 3D effects.

The main messages from this movie are that fate lies within and that destiny can be changed with courage.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • a strong female lead character
  • courage and bravery
  • the ability to admit to your mistakes

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • making rash decisions and having to deal with the consequences
  • rebelling against your parents and traditions

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Published by Chrysa on June 21, 2012 | Updated April 24, 2022 | 8 Comments

Wondering if Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE might be too scary for your kids? Check out our review to learn more, including our own recommended age rating.

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Whenever a new animated movie comes out, especially one as highly anticipated as BRAVE, from Disney/Pixar, many conscientious parents stop to consider whether the movie will be “OK” for their kids. 

For many, the simple fact that a film is animated is enough to deem it suitable for all kids, but hey South Park is animated and that’s definitely not for the little ones.

The real answer to the question of whether it will be too scary is “It depends”.  It depends on your kid – both their sensitivity and what they are used to watching. 

Disney Pixar Brave

According to producer Katherine Sarafian there is no specific age they would recommend, but it is a PG movie and they are “advertising it as PG for a reason” because of the scary action and every parent will have to make that decision. 

Her own 3-year-old won’t see it right now, but will see it when he is ready.  (You might not want to follow the lead of Director Mark Andrews who lets his 5-year old see movies like Ghost Rider!)

I personally loved the movie, as did my sister and mother, but we all know that it is too scary for my 4-year-old nephew. 

When I saw a screening the first time, a fellow blogger in attendance brought along her 6 1/2 year old daughter.  Her mom described her as a “tough broad” who said she thought it was scary but could handle it, but was concerned about her friends and thought they WOULD be scared. 

However, I have seen some bloggers write reviews mentioning that they have brought their 3 and 4-year-old children and although they were scared, they were OK.

Disney Brave Bears Fighting Scary Scene

The Scary Scenes in BRAVE:

If you are wondering WHAT the scary parts are, they mostly involve fighting with bears.  ( SPOILER ALERT : (Do not read this next line if you don’t want to know a big plot point I’m about to give away: Merida’s mother turns into a bear.  Her father doesn’t know that and is trying to kill her .)

Another part that I know would be too intense for my 4-year-old nephew are the comedic fighting scenes between the various clans at the beginning of the movie.  It is rather 3-Stooges-ish slapstick fighting, but that type of conflict bothers him quite a bit.  

All-in-all you will have to make the decision as to whether your kids can handle it.  We have found that the easiest way to do that is to have you, a family member or close friend see the movie first so that you can make a personal and informed decision.  (Even if your kids don’t see the movie, you will definitely want to see it yourself!)

It is a beautiful movie and kids will have fun with all the silly and hilarious parts.  They also can take away valuable lessons that can be made even more meaningful with discussions after the film.

What are your thoughts?  Are you planning to take your kids?  If you have already taken them, what did they and they think?

Disclosure:  Disney-Pixar sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during the #BraveCarsLandEvent. Any opinions expressed are my own.

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Grady May says

June 22, 2012 at 4:13 am

I took my daughter who will turn 7 soon. She was enjoying the movie quite a bit until it got really scary. There was a little girl sitting in front of us who looked to be 7-8 years old; she she was screaming and crying, saying she didn’t want to see it anymore. I have to say I was a little surprised at just how scary it was for young children. So, if you have kids under the age of 7-8 years old I would think twice about seeing Brave. If they are not easily scared then you should be fine. However, if they are easily scared then this movie may not be for them.

Jinxy and Me says

June 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

Thanks for your input!

All Those Things I Love! says

June 23, 2012 at 6:32 am

My niece was, in a word…Brave! She clutched her teddy in the scene you mentioned, but now she wants to dye her hair red! LOL!

June 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

My four and a half year old son saw it with us and loved it. He is used to fighting like that though because my hubby does medieval swordfighting and is also in a Star Wars costuming group (charity and kids’ events) and does lightsaber fighting demonstrations. I think I jumped more than my son lol. I did LOVE the movie though and can’t wait for the dvd.

Deal Doll says

June 24, 2012 at 1:16 am

I don’t have kids but I’d take my niece! She just loves Disney movies!

The Couponista says

June 24, 2012 at 1:40 am

I took my 3 year old and my 13 year old and they both loved it! I was afraid that my 3 year old would be frightened by some of the scenes but he didn’t seem too bothered by them.

enzasbargains says

June 24, 2012 at 3:46 am

My 3 year old did great! She got a little scared during the first bear part but survived! Her first movie! She made it through the whole thing and was a little restless at the end.


June 24, 2012 at 5:23 am

I took my 6 and 10 year old. Both were a little jumpy but were fine and said they loved it. However there were several crying kids that left during the movie. It all depends on the child I guess.

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This parent-child discussion guide for Disney/Pixar’s  Brave  is a supplement to The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years .

Brave  (2012): A parent-child discussion guide by Nancy Gruver

Nancy Gruver and her family founded the groundbreaking international publication, New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams , in 1992. She is still the publisher and is a national leader in the movement to empower girls and foster their creativity and self-confidence. She’s also the Executive Director of Dads and Daughters, the national advocacy non-profit for fathers and daughters, and manages the newsletter Daughters: For Parents of Girls.  The author of How to Say it to Girls: Communicating with your Growing Daughter ,  Nancy is frequently asked to speak about girls’ issues and communication strategies for adults with 8 to 14 year-old girls in their lives. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota with her husband Joe Kelly.

Brave is rated PG for “Parental Guidance Suggested.” Common Sense Media recommends Brave for ages 8 and up, because of some “very scary scenes”; but their review also notes that Brave might be suitable for children as young as 6, depending on the child. I’d put the recommended age even higher for imaginative and/or emotionally sensitive children. This film would have given my daughters nightmares at age 8. One of the film’s strengths is its emotionally realistic, rather than slapstick, portrayal of things that will be scary for many children, like the transformation of the main character’s mom into a bear who almost attacks her daughter and husband a couple times.

Brave is Pixar’s first feature with a female main character, and the storyline focuses on the relationship between her and her mother, Queen Elinor. Merida isn’t your typical princess. In childhood, she’s allowed to follow her passions as an independent, adventurous and highly skilled archer and horserider. At the same time, as first-born daughter of one of four clans in a Scottish kingdom, she’s expected to maintain peace by accepting an arranged marriage to a first-born son of one of the other three clans, just as her mother had done. When the time comes, Merida doesn’t want to give up her freedom. Shown as a realistically self-centered adolescent, she feels her mother is the problem, rebels against her parents, and runs away to the forest, finding a witch she pays to cast a spell to change the queen. But when the queen eats the magical cake, she’s transformed into a giant black bear. Now her mother is a bear that her father is hunting, thinking it’s the same bear that bit off his leg years ago. Merida must find out how to break the spell before her mother stays a bear forever, and prevent her mom from being killed by her dad. She shows growing maturity in improving understanding with her mother and working to solve both the challenges from the curse. Along the way, she proposes that tradition change so the young people of the clans will be allowed to decide themselves when and if and who they will marry.

Discussion guide:

Here are some suggestions for discussion. Because this film isn’t appropriate for most children under 8 I haven’t divided the questions by age group. Of course, you know your child and I don’t, so adapt and tailor them to your child and their development.  

  • The Pretty Princess Mandate

Brave gives us several ways to critique the Pretty Princess Mandate. Merida is beautiful in an energetic, independent and wild way – represented by her unruly red hair. And in contrast to the PPM, she doesn’t spend any time thinking about or trying to improve her looks. This is a major step toward freedom for an animated princess, making her into a fuller character, who has human flaws of character like impatience rather than a focus on flaws of appearance, which are still a common burden for real-life girls in our culture.

Watch the movie together and talk about what’s on the screen to show how you think and question while viewing media. Encourage your children to express their opinions, too, and don’t expect or require them to agree with your opinions. Your child will hear what you say, even if they don’t comment back. Try questions and comments like these:

  • “How would you describe Merida to a friend who hasn’t seen the movie?”
  • “What do you think are the most important things about Merida as a person?”
  • “Do you think she seems to be different from a lot of other movie princesses in how she looks? How?”
  • “Does the way Merida looks show you things about her character?”
  • “What’s the main story of the movie to you?”

You can also later expand upon these topics and continue the dialogue. Remember that a child’s experience of a film can change over time, so don’t assume they will always have the same opinions they had while watching the first time. Always try to avoid yes/no questions and try something like these:

  • “Since we watched Brave I’ve been thinking about how Merida looks. I don’t think her looks mattered in the story. What do you think?”
  • “I felt angry when Merida had to wear the corset and the tight dress and cover up her hair for the betrothal competition. It seemed like she was supposed to change into someone different from herself. Have you ever felt like someone wanted you to change yourself?”

Listen to your child’s responses and acknowledge her perspective, especially if she disagrees with you. If not sure how to respond, you can say something simple like: “That’s interesting. I didn’t think of that.”

Make it Real: It’s great to use these parts of the movie to talk about how colors and clothes in media are often used to show what a character is feeling. Ask your child if there are certain clothes they wear that show their feelings, and what those are.

  • The Gender Stereotypes

With both the first Pixar female lead character and the first woman-originated and directed Pixar feature, Brave offers a wealth of ways to talk about various specific gender stereotypes, including the overall concept. Even more significant to my mind is talking with children about how media creators can always choose between using gender stereotypes and not using them.

  • “Why do you think the queen didn’t want Merida to get a bow and arrow for her birthday?”
  • “When you think about Merida and her mom, how are they different and how are they alike?”
  • “How about Merida and her dad, how are they different and how are they alike?”
  • “Why do you think the queen told Merida she had to learn other things in addition to archery and horseriding? Were some of those things gender stereotypes? Why were those other things important to the queen?”
  • “What are the gender stereotypes in the male characters of the king, the little brothers, the other clan leaders and the first-born sons?”
  • “I saw the queen was worried about trying to keep the peace with the other clans and had to work very hard to do that. Why do you think that was her job?”
  • “Do you think it’s realistic for a girl to be better than the three boys in archery? Why?”
  • “Merida seemed to act much more grownup when her mom turned into a bear. Why do you think that happened?”
  • “What’s different from how the queen acts as a bear from how Mor’du acts? Why do you think that is?”
  • “I think that whoever thinks up stories and makes movies, books, games, etc. can decide if the characters are going to keep with gender stereotypes or not.”

Make it Real: Use Brave as a jumping-off point to make a list of behaviors your children have seen in media that are stereotyped as female or male. Animal characters are especially great for this with younger kids. Then make lists of both highly stereotyped and non-stereotyped characters from their media. Finally, you can expand the conversation to real people and how stereotypes are also assumed there.

  • A Romance Narrative That Includes Only Adults

Brave is a gust of fresh air for a princess film in having the romance narrative limited totally to the queen and king. In fact, it’s Merida’s certainty that she’s not interested in or ready for romance that triggers her biggest rebellion and the crisis caused by the curse. She doesn’t fantasize at all about a romance or a romantic partner of any kind. I, for one, am delighted. It’s very freeing for both girls and boys in a time when much media and culture is determined to emphasize romance as the only type of relationship there can be between females and males.

  • “Why do you think Merida runs away from the betrothal ceremonies after winning the archery competition?”
  • “I agree with Merida that if she doesn’t feel interested in romance she shouldn’t be forced. What do you think?”
  • “It used to be very common all over the world, and still is in some cultures, that the parents decide when and who their children will marry. It’s called an arranged marriage. What do you think that would be like?”

Make it Real: Ask follow-up questions to help daughters and sons think about romance as only one type of way that females and males feel close. Give examples and encourage them with opportunities to make good friends who are not their gender.

  • The Race Stereotypes

Brave is located in Scotland, where white people were then and still are the vast majority of the population. Depending on your child’s age, race, ethnic background, and where you live, they may be fortunate to take for granted a racially diverse environment, where race is talked about as part of daily life. If they don’t have that situation, you can help them feel comfortable noticing and talking about race, by bringing it up in a regular matter-of-fact, informational way. You might say something like this about Brave :

“Did you notice that there are only white people in Brave— no black or brown people like in Aladdin or The Princess and the Frog ? That’s because the movie takes place in Scotland, in northern Europe, and at a time when almost all of the people who lived there were white.”

“What ways do you think living where there are many races is different from the way it was in Brave ?”

  • Teaching Children About Media Creation

We want to help our children become media literate by always reminding them that media are created by other people. People who make many big and small choices about what story to tell, who the characters are, and how to portray it. Brave is also a great chance to talk about the business of products based on media characters and the controversy generated by the sexualizing changes made to Merida when products were created and she was officially inducted into the Disney Princess product line.

  • “How did the movie makers show us it was in Scotland in an old time at the very beginning?”
  • “Do you know that this is the first Pixar movie with a main character who’s a girl? I was surprised to find that out and I wondered why.”
  • “I also heard that the person who came up with the ideas for Brave and directed it for six years is a woman named Brenda Chapman. And she’s the first woman to do these things at Pixar.”
  • “Are there things in the movie that you think might be different if a man had come up with the original ideas for it? What?”
  • When movies are made, many scenes are created that don’t all end up in the final movie. See a cut scene from Brave here and talk about why it might have been cut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmMPw49XwYk
  • See a little about how Brenda Chapman felt in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6tw_KQOGSo
  • Google “Merida Brave Controversy” to find more info about the protests about the changes and ask you child how they feel about this.
  • Watch a short video about some of the steps and decisions behind the computer-generated animation of Brave at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tuw1_JCNBVs

Find more  parent-child discussion guides  from RebeccaHains.com  here .

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My 4 year old watched Brave at least 5 times. She is not scared of any of the bear scenes. She loves the movie. The thing that ‘upset’ her the most was the scene of queen Elinor and Merida arguing. She didn’t understand why mummy and daughter had a row. So we discussed why they argued.

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Dove Review

“Brave” delivers a good time for the family! The animation is fantastically executed and the voice work is top notch. It features Emma Thompson as Queen Elinor and Kelly Macdonald as Merida.

Merida is told by her mother that there will be suitors for her hand in marriage. One problem, she doesn’t want to marry yet, and especially if it means the winner of an archery contest. She is better than her suitors and that doesn’t sit well with Merida.

A curse is placed on her mother which turns her into a bear. This takes place after a terrible argument between mother and daughter. Merida feels horrible when she can’t restore her mother to her former womanly self. She sets out to make things right and in this Scottish land we get a lot of humor along the way. That said, there are a few jump scenes including a bear jumping up suddenly at a character and one young child at the screening I attended cried out and then cried for a time. It is too intense for young children and features a lot of violence, albeit fantasy and animated violence. For this purpose, we are recommending the movie for ages twelve plus although some parents might be comfortable with kids nine and up watching it. We suggest parents consult the content listing below.

The themes of forgiveness and continuing to learn in life are to be commended. We are pleased to award this film five Doves, our highest rating. Come on, be brave and take someone along to see it with you soon.

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A lot of fantasy violence including punches and fights and eyes poked; characters using weapons; arrows are shot; axe seen in bear's head; animal heads on wall; a crow is killed; bear bangs head and kids laugh; bear almost strikes princess; human skeletons are seen; a girl falls but she is okay.

A couple of drinking scenes (probably wine).

In a "Braveheart" kind of scene a Scottish man moons characters but we only see the lifted up skirt of his kilt; shirtless men and cleavage; nude men's rears seen and kid's nude rears.

A few jump scenes including a bear jumping out at someone; a mother and daughter have a heated argument and the daughter makes it clear she hates the mother but she regrets that; a witch places a spell on a character but also explains how it can be broken and it comes from restoration of a relationship; the mention of a witch's convention; the painting of God touching Adam's finger during creation has the female character's face in it instead of Adam's face; mucus is seen on kid's nose and then he sniffs it up; water has worms in it and bear spits it out; boys cut man's mustache.

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Brave  – Merida, princess of the Scottish clan Dunbroch, isn’t interested in performing the typical ladylike duties her mother wants her to, instead, she is far more inclined towards more ‘masculine’ activities. When the day arrives for her to pick a suiter, her distaste for the occasion results in an argument with her mother, causing Merida to run away and meet a witch who gives her a spell that turns her mother into a bear. With only 2 days to return her back to normal or the spell becomes permanent, Merida faces a few home truths as she does all she can to save her mother.

Brave (2012) – Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman; Co-Director: Chris Purcell

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Running Length: 93 mins

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson

Genre: Animated


Pixar is no stranger to accolades and awards so winning the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Animated Feature Film for ‘Brave’ was unsurprising. The incredible animation style that they are famous for was completely rewritten to accomplish even more realistic, beautiful and complex visuals than ever before. Setting the story in Medieval Scotland was an unusual choice when their other movies have had little focus on the where the characters live (even in Ratatouille, Paris was merely a backdrop and not a central plot point) so having a story steeped in history and folklore was an unexpected move. ‘Brave’ is also the first time Pixar gave us a female led tale with Merida: the clan princess who fights against her apparent destiny as a wife and mother, preferring instead a life of adventure, full of weapons and more masculine pursuits.

Merida’s motivations to avoid being married off to a stranger for political reasons are perfectly understandable and one that audiences can get behind. Unfortunately while Merida is strong-willed and determined, her attitude towards her mother, Elinor, makes her appear petulant, especially as her mother genuinely wants what’s best for her and never really gets the opportunity to explain her reasons to her daughter before getting shut down each time. As Merida’s selfish actions cause devastating consequences for her mother, it is a shame that Elinor doesn’t get a scene to fully speak of her younger days and experiences so that Merida can understand her mother’s motives. It’s the slightly jarring contrast between modern sensibilities and the realities of the time. However, this is a minor quibble in an otherwise great story that shows just how strong girls and women can be, even when everyone around them tells them that they are weak.

‘Brave’ highlights Pixar’s versatility and setting a movie in a much more realistic world helps ground their other tales, even if they are about talking cars and monsters! Merida is a princess to root for and definitely one for young girls to look up to and, with more kids’ movies supporting strong female leads, the official recognition and popularity of Merida’s strength of character will encourage others to follow suit.


In the opening scene, a huge bear attacks a family who are enjoying an afternoon together. The father is a warrior and his men soon come to his aid; his wife and child quickly move to safety. The men surround the bear and a vicious fight begins. The camera focuses on the bear’s face as it roars and lunges at the father. Many years later, the father walks around with a false leg which is a consequence of his fight with the bear. This bear is a recurring ‘character’ throughout the movie and is called Mor’du. Its physical description is ‘his face scarred with one dead eye’ and it is extremely aggressive.

A large fight breaks out between several clans. They all have weapons but none use them to kill. It is more a brawl with punches, kicks and hitting people with the blunt ends of their weapons. This fight is mostly comical and slapstick in nature but some kids could be sensitive to some of the fighting, especially as it continues for a few minutes.

A man turns his back on two others, bends over and lifts his kilt saying ‘feast your eyes!’, the other men cry out in disgust.

After an argument with her mother, Merida runs away on her horse and comes across an ancient stone circle. The scene becomes ominous with minimal music, Merida is unsure of what to do and her horse refuses to go any further. Merida then follows a series of strange blue lights which beckon her to follow, they sigh and hiss gently before disappearing. This lasts for around two minutes and is quite spooky. Afterwards, Merida finds a witch living in a cottage. When she begins her spell, she throws numerous things into her cauldron. The lighting of the scene is dark with light shining on the witches face, the spell gets a little intense but only lasts around thirty seconds and isn’t too frightening.

When Merida persuades her mother, Elinor, to eat a cake which has been bewitched, Elinor soon becomes very unwell. Merida can see her mother’s discomfort but is uncaring for her wellbeing, only asking repeatedly if she has changed her mind. After a couple of minutes, Elinor collapses to the floor and when she stands up, she has transformed into a bear; once she realises what has happened she becomes extremely distressed, throwing herself around a room, destroying and knocking over furniture.

Merida and Elinor who is now a bear spend some time together, having fun and coming to terms with what has happened. Suddenly, Elinor walks away from Merida into the woods. Merida doesn’t understand why so she follows, calling to her mother. When Elinor turns around, she becomes aggressive and almost kills Merida before realising and stops. This indicates that her humanity is slipping away and that it won’t be long until she becomes a bear in mind as well as body.

When searching ruins of an old castle, Merida looks inside a darkened room. Suddenly the bear, Mor’du, fiercely attacks her, he is relentless and she struggles to get away from him. This moment is short but unexpected and intense with a jump scare and could be frightening for younger children.

When in their own castle, Elinor and Merida attract attention, the King (Elinor’s beloved husband) doesn’t realise that the bear is his wife and attempts to kill her. He locks Merida in her room and she desperately tries to get out to save Elinor. She screams after her mother in distress and collapses to the floor, sobbing once she knows she can’t get out to help.

A maid who works in the castle has large breasts and her outfit shows a lot of cleavage. When Merida is locked in her room, she is entrusted with the key and, for safekeeping, she hides it between her breasts. When other characters chase her to get the key, one jumps on her from above and the camera zooms in on her breasts (this is done for comedy and is not sexual).

Mor’du attacks Merida; he stands tall above her then opens his mouth around her head causing her to whimper in fear. Elinor then attacks Mor-du and a vicious fight ensues. Although she is no match for him, she keeps fighting. Mor’du is eventually stopped but the time of the spell is up, causing her to fully transform into the bear. Merida is distraught and sobs openly for a couple of minutes, however all is not lost.



‘Brave’ was a change in direction from Pixar to a more realistic story with a strong female lead and the gamble they took paid off. The story may be set in Medieval Scotland but it’s a tale that still resonates with families today and therefore is as relevant as any modern-day story of family politics. Due to some scary scenes with Mor’du the bear, we recommend this movie for kids aged 6 and over.

  • Violence: 2/5
  • Emotional Distress: 1/5
  • Fear Factor: 2/5
  • Sexual Content: 1/5 (some nudity, toddlers are seen naked and after using their kilts to escape a room high in a castle, men walk around briefly with naked bottoms on display)
  • Bad Language: 0/5
  • Dialogue: 0/5
  • Other Notes: Deals with themes of arranged marriage, destiny, defying your parents, being careful of what you wish for, making your own decisions, refusing a life you are unhappy with, familial love and accepting your children’s choices.

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