In addition to the Mental Health Month Challenge I have decided to undertake a more light-hearted challenge this month that I discovered on Heck Yeah Tumblr Challenges. Each day in December I will be issuing an award in celebration of everything 2012 and as I don’t watch any of the reality shows, realised I would need to come up with a couple of replacement categories, including today’s award…
Best Animated Movie of 2012
~ Brave ~
This movie, a runner-up in my most underrated of 2012 award, is a more than worthy contender for ‘movie of the year’, let alone ‘animated movie of the year’. Unfairly ignored on it’s original release, I’m hoping this Disney-Pixar gem will find the audience it deserves on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Not only is the animation exceptional (seriously, just look at Merida’s hair!) and the voice cast magnificent (including the superb Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connollyhe storyline was not the all out action-adventure I was expecting it to be. Instead it reminded me of the work of Miyazaki and his wistful, spirit filled fables starring strong female characters.
Perhaps this is one of the many reasons I loved Brave so much (the fact it’s based in Scotland should go without saying!)
Being a huge fan of strong female characters it was quite wonderful to finally see Pixar create one for the screen. Granted they did occasionally stray a little too close to Disney Princess territory, but Merida was a breath of fresh air from recent animated creations (and not just because I have a kinky obsession with her amazing red hair!)
This film certainly didn’t deserve the criticism it received upon it’s release and more than earns its place alongside Pixar’s more well known (and critically heralded) work.
~ Runners up for ‘Best Animated Movie of 2012’ award ~
- Spotlight: Brave Style – Channel Merida’s Fearless Fashion Look (thezoereport.com)
- ‘Brave’, ‘Frankenweenie’, and ‘ParaNorman’ Top 40th Annual Annie Awards Nominations (hollywood.com)
- Disney-Pixar’s BRAVE Character Cutouts (table4five.net)
- BRAVE ~ Brave Official Trailer #1 – New Pixar Movie (2012) HD (carajilloblog.wordpress.com)