No one seems to review a Pixar film without comparing it to other Pixar films. OK, Brave isn't The Incredibles or Toy Story. So? It's still a rousing, gorgeously animated good time. Merida, voiced by a fine, feisty Kelly Macdonald, is a Scottish Katniss Everdeen, a red-haired princess more into bows than boys. When a witch turns Merida's loving mom (Emma Thompson) into a sometime grizzly bear, Brave takes dark, dazzling turns. The beasts of the Scottish wild are no match for Merida's girl power.
From The Archives Issue 1160: July 5, 2012