Saturday, November 3, 2012

Disney/Pixar's Brave [Giveaway]

**Giveaway closed! Congratulations to Heather, comment #17**

I have a confession to make: as a little girl, I was never really into princesses. My favorite Disney movie? Alice in Wonderland. I just wasn't your princess loving little girl. I liked to climb trees and run through the woods. I was the type of kid who came home muddy at the end of a day and fought getting dressed up, so I didn't really understand the whole princess in a frilly dress thing. While I thought that Belle was very nice, I definitely had no interest in wearing that uncomfortable looking dress.

This makes me think that I would've loved Merida.
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Merida is not the princess of my childhood and for that, I am glad. Merida is a princess who I would've loved, riding on horseback through the woods shooting with her bow and arrows. Merida is determined to carve out her own path and sets out on a chaotic adventure full of twists and turns that leave the viewer wondering if she'll find her true path in the end.

I love so much about this movie. I love that it's set in Scotland with stunning views of the Scottish highlands, along with a score that combines Gaelic melodies alongside songs by Mumford and Sons. I was a little worried that my boys (ages 3 and 5) would find some parts of this movie scary, but they were okay with being talked through it. There's also a great deal of comic relief with Merida's little brothers, all of whom reminded me of my three year old! Overall, my boys thoroughly enjoyed this movie--and I enjoyed it as an adult, which is always a bonus. I love that Merida is a strong female protagonist. I feel that it's important for little girls to follow strong female characters, but I also feel that it's important for boys to do the same. Also, as an adult woman, I could empathize a lot with Merida's relationship with her mother. I think all women have been there!

Have you seen it yet? Did you love it? Have you not seen it but want to? Brave debuts on November 13th and I have a copy of the Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition for one lucky reader! The bonus features are so much fun, including one that goes through the animation used in creating the brawl in the hall--one of my favorite scenes in the movie.

To enter, all you need to do is comment and tell me if you were more of a Merida or a Belle as a child. Giveaway will run through Wednesday, November 7th. Winner will be chosen by random.org. Good luck!

Although I received a copy of Brave to review, all opinions are my own.

51 comments:

erica said...

Hmmmm. Good question. Maybe a little of both? But I love LOVE big red-hair curly head heroine. THAT we have needed for a long while. :)

Anna said...

Oh! I was totally Belle. I went around the house singing the songs on the top of my lungs! You're right though, Merida isn't the princess of my childhood but I wouldn't have it any other way. I've been dying to watch Brave! I mean ..um.. I've been dying to have Evan watch Brave ;) lol

Karmen said...

I was definitely more of a Belle growing up. Dirt was the enemy. We loved this movie and we loved that she is a "different" edition to the princess line up.

Christine said...

I was totally a Belle - I always had my nose in a book!

karin kingkade said...

Aurora was always my favorite. My mom loves snow white and my sister is a belle fan.

Jen said...

I was more of a Belle :)

Jennifer said...

I was Belle as a child, but as a teen and young adult, I found myself to be much more of a Merida!

Julie said...

I want to see that! :)

Katie said...

So fun! I was never in to the princesses, but I think I was more of a pre-princess Belle growing up wanting to spend time with my dad and/or a good book.

TexasBobbi said...

I was always more of an Alice.

Stephanie Precourt said...

We really want to see this- we haven't yet! I was probably a good mix of both- definitely a singer/book lover a la Belle but also had quite the mind of my own!

Steph

Nicole said...

I was so Merida. Never was a girly girl and didnt love dolls or princesses. My poor mom...

Kim said...

I LOVE Brave. It was one of the very best movies I've ever seen. I am absolutely more a Merida girl than a Belle girl ;)

keli [at] kidnapped by suburbia said...

I was a Merida! Of course. This is not shocking ;) Thank you for this awesome giveaway! xo

mmalavec said...

Definitely more of a Belle! Even today, I have my nose in a book!

crxlurp said...

I was definitely a Merida!! Such a free spirit!

.:Heather:. said...

Definitely a Merida!!!!

Meg said...

Oh I was totally Merida...and my daughter is too---to boot, she has curly red hair!!

Kirsten said...

Merida. I have an older brother and I thought I always had to keep up with him. I never was a dress-wearer and didn't succomb to a purse until I was 23 and didn't wear jeans from the female side of the aisle until after I had kids and my body changed. And still to this day? I'd rather be in a pair of jeans getting dirty than in a dress going somewhere fancy.

Helen T said...

I was more like Belle, always reading.

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Kristen said...

Ariel was my favorite princess growing up. I thought mermaids were the coolest thing. Merida does have rockin hair though. Awesome giveaway. :-)

Barb said...

I love that this movie gives a new princess-mode for girls to use in their make-believe games. When I was little my favorite princess was Sleeping Beauty but I acted most like Belle with all those books.

Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me said...

I bawled through most of Brave because of the mother/daughter dynamic. LOVED the movie.

I was always a Ariel girl, myself.

Daniel M said...

i was a Merida - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Helen said...

I was Merida as a child, but I am way more Belle as a grown up!

G K said...

Belle but with Merida's curly hair.

Jen said...

I was definitely Merida as a child, close to Belle now.

JennaJo said...

Much more a Merida, climbing trees and such ... but I did always love to get dressed up, too!

Amanda Mosler said...

I was definitely a Belle! Everyone even called me that because I always had my "nose stuck in a book." ;)

dht04001 said...

i think i was more of a merida as a child

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One crazed mommy said...

Oh - I can so much relate more to Merida than Belle. I love Belle, but like you I HATED dresses, and thank goodness my job allows me to wear casual dress every day...no dresses for me! I was a tree climbing, woods running, field traipsing, lizard catching kinda gal! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Brave and got to enjoy it with my 8 year old daughter, and 7 year old son. My daughter grabbed my hand, and held it most of the movie - I think that this brings out the bond between mother and daughter, even those who "clash". :)

Corrina said...

I was Merida all the way! My brother was 18 months younger than me, and I spent a lot of time playing outside with him. We were very into bows and arrows, rifles and cap guns. We played Davey Crockett, Daniel Boone and Little House on the Prairie!

Kelli Taylor said...

I think I was a Belle. I took my boys to see Brave in the theater a while back, and they loved it. It was visually an amazing movie.

Olivia L said...

I was absolutely a Merida. I even begged my parents to take up archery, but they said no. :(

Dahnya said...

I was belle. Since I can remember I've had my nose in a book. Every birthday, Christmas, special treat: all I wanted was a new book. The library was my ultimate field trip- not much has changed since then. Although I'm still wishing for the high domed multilevel personal library (stepladder included). :)

Katrina said...

I was more of a Belle but I wanted to be a Merida! I am a librarian in the end :)

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Kristen said...

Definitely Belle, I've not seen Brave yet. I would love to win it and add it to our very small Disney movie collection.

Lora @ Motherhood Moments said...

I was definitely a Belle, but my daughter is a total Merida. She loves this movie and I'd love to win it for her!

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Brandi said...

I was more of a Merida, but I hoped and wished that I could actually be Ariel!

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InTheFastLane said...

I was in no way a Belle. Ever. Even now, I would have a hard time with all that fancy stuff. :)

Jen Kanable said...

Hi Erin! I would love to win a copy of this for me and Elise to watch! In my childhood, I was a mix of both. I loved Barbie and getting all dressed up for holidays and weddings, but I was also definitely a dirt and sandbox kid who craved a good game of softball with all the neighborhood kids! Great giveaway!

Erika said...

Not really sure but probably more Merida! Thanks! saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

Kaycee said...

Hmmm, a mix of both I think. I looooooved to read, which makes me identify with Belle. But when not reading, I was more like Merida. I love that movie! My daughter loves it too, she wants a Merida birthday party this year. :)

Sue said...

I absolutely loved this movie. I can't say that I strongly identify with any one of Disney princesses, but I do love that Merida doesn't fit the bill of your typical princess. She is rough and tough and figures out things on her own, not needing to be rescued by a Prince, but rescuing herself!

deanna said...

I had 3 older brothers to compete with...I was more like merinda
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Jemima Puddleduck said...

Definitely more of a Belle....still am! ispitonjunkmail at gmail dot com

Breanne said...

Belle


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Cheryl said...

Unfortunately we were unable to see Brave at theaters, but I have a feeling I could identify with Belle more. My daughter, however, definitely with Merida. While we haven't seen the film, from what I gather through the trailers, is that Merida is a strong willed, brave, leader type. That describes my daughter to a T. Oh and her hair is just like Merida's except it is blonde.

noreen said...

Belle, I was always reading

Laura said...

I was a Belle :)

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