Many of you really responded to my previous post about Dinsey’s recent statement that there will be no more of the “Princess Movies” most of us grew up on. I said:
So what do movie-makers do when girls are no longer interested in being princesses? Make childish femme fatales? Go all-out on boy action movies? Is there not some kind of in-between for girls? Some kind of HEALTHY middle ground for girls to emulate? Kick-butt independent girls? Girls who can do adventures and fight dragons and surprise everyone? Girls who don’t have to be sexy and dress mature for their age- who can just be girls and don’t have to be anything else?
I also challenged Pixar to remember their motto and give us the female characters who care carry their own stories. Well: it looks like they have been working on it:
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).(From Entertainment Weekly)
What do you think? Worth waiting for? Is this the answer to our questions? Or will we have another “Tangled” incident where their intentions of a Strong Princess will become “Mild Princess + strong male character” ?