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Friday, June 22, 2012

Pixar's BRAVE opens today

[Source: Wikipedia] Merida is an archer living in the Scottish kingdom of DunBroch as a princess with her mother Elinor and her father Fergus. On Merida's birthday, Fergus gives Merida a bow and arrow. While going hunting, Merida's family are attacked by an ancient bear, Mor'du. Elinor and Merida flee. Fergus stays to battle the bear and loses his left leg, vowing to find Mor'du again.

One day, Lords Macintosh, MacGuffin, and Dingwall present their sons to compete for Merida's hand, and a brawl ensues. Merida chooses an archery challenge to determine her suitor. Lord Dingwall's son wins by accident. Merida decides to shoot the three targets herself, causing a falling-out with her mother. Merida destroys part of a sewn tapestry depicting the family and Elinor throws Merida's bow into a fire pit. Merida rides away on her horse in desperation as Elinor quickly retrieves the bow from the fire. Merida follows a trail of Will O' the Wisps, small blue fairies that are said to lead a person to their fate, to a witch's hut. Merida bargains with the witch for a spell that changes her fate. The witch conjures a tart for Merida to give to her mother. Back in DunBroch, Elinor eats the tart and begins to feel sick. Merida takes Elinor up to her room, where Elinor falls off her bed and transforms into a bear. Merida and Elinor return to the witch's cottage, where they find a message left for Merida: the spell will be permanent unless undone by the second sunrise. The witch leaves Merida a riddle, mentioning that a bond must be repaired.

In the morning, Merida teaches Elinor how to catch fish, and the two bond over that period of time. They are led by more wisps to ruins of an old castle. In the throne room, Merida finds a damaged stone engraving with three brothers; a fourth brother had been cut off, just like how Merida had cut her mother off of the tapestry. Merida realizes that the curse had happened before, the wayward brother was Mor'du, and Elinor will lose all traces of her humanity and become just like Mor'du if they don't break the spell. They travel back to DunBroch to sew the family tapestry back together. To distract Merida's father and the lords, who are thinking of waging war on each other, Merida gives a speech that brings the kingdoms back together and states that the sons can choose their own brides. However, Fergus finds Elinor's ripped clothes and broken bed, and believes Elinor has been murdered. He bursts into the tapestry room where he finds Merida and Elinor as a bear. Elinor attacks Fergus, and upon regaining consciousness, she finds that she's harmed Merida and Fergus and retreats.

Merida tries to convince Fergus that the bear is Elinor, but Fergus locks her in the tapestry room and sets off with the lords to capture Elinor. Merida is freed with the help of her brothers, and the four follow wisps to where Fergus has captured Elinor and tied her up. Merida defends Elinor by fighting off Fergus. Mor'du appears and lunges for Merida, but Elinor breaks free of the ropes and duels him. Elinor kills Mor'du by smashing him into a rock. Merida sees a wisp emerge from Mor'du's body, and it shows the human body of the brother who had become the bear. He then flies away to join the other wisps. Merida puts the repaired tapestry on top of her wounded mother. When the sun fully rises, Elinor is back in human form. The kingdoms become friends and go their separate ways. Merida and Elinor ride their horses around Scotland, their friendship stronger.

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