Yesterday afternoon, my wife and I saw Pixar’s latest offering, Brave. Like every other movie created by Pixar, it is a well done, cute story. It underscores the importance of family, no matter how dysfunctional it may be. One of the lessons the movie teaches is that a family and a clan must stand together to defeat the enemy.
The movie also illustrates the evolution of the Disney princess. That lesson is far more subtle than the one about family.
Today, Merida, the heroine of Brave, saves herself. When the first born sons of the neighboring clans vie in an archery contest for her hand in marriage, Merida says that she will shoot for her own hand. Rather than depend on a man for future happiness, she will take her fate into her own hands. In the end, her mother is swayed to Merida’s way of thinking and even helps her express her belief that each of us should be free to choose our own destiny.