Brave- My new curly red hair hero

 Brave, is the best movie from Disney/ Pixar ever since maybe Lion King.

Its the first time a major “actor” is someone that looks like me. First off not only is her hair curly but its also red. It might not seem like a big deal for for all curly hair girls out there, there has never been a hero or princess that was “us”. Its sad how long it took but I’m glad there is now “someone” girls can watch and try to be.

Not only was it the hair but her attitude was a nice change. She did “boy” “not princess” activities like archery and riding horse. She went hiking and was very adventurous. Last one was like none girly actor was  Pocahontas in Disney movies with this theme. But the biggest was that she was to pick a prince but then she didn’t. Even for a 26 year  old, it made me feel better.

Oh and its in “Scotland” which just made me want to visit even more. As a mutt I have a little bit of Scot in me, so it was fun to see the older time period and what my grand grand x10 father and mother would of been living in.  I also loved the whole Viking  people/ themes as I love that time period and studying most places they were.

Ask any girl who’s been raised on princess films, and she’ll tell you that Merida is different, and very unlike her Disney Princess peers. As far as the narrative goes, what does Merida have in common with Disney Princesses, exactly? The fact that she’s a princess who has utterly fantastic hair. That’s about it.

,’Brave’ princess breaks Disney stereotypes. Or does she?

So no matter what people say Yes it good and different, or No its the same thing just a bit of a twist, its different. 1- red hair. 2- curly hair. 3- no prince. So yes its different and kids should really see this movie. Its a great film no matter what people say. Its a 10 out of 10. Even if it was just a red hair I would be happy.  Curly hair a huge extra wonderful change (yes people do have curly hair) . Add in the change of personal theme and the independent girl was a great things to see.

Another point as Americans we forgot is how much our movies impact the girls around the world.  It might sometime to get to the “villages” of the world, but it does.  All my kids knew of the movies we watched just later. So we might say that anything we like but its being watched around the world. So for the girls around the world we need more then one type of hero to look up to and this is a good start.  We need to remember this when we make movies, TV shows, other American things beacuse it will be seen as “America” all around the world and really does effect the people watching it.

BRAVE! BRAVE! BRAVE! BRAVE!

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About AEK
A graduate student at St. Kate's in the MAOL program where I'm a Peace Corps Fellow. I'm a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Bulgaria 2008-10. I have a B.A. in Anthropology from Luther College, where I gained my love for travel.

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