'Brave' Stresses Message of Acceptance, Trusting Family

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  • Disney's Brave
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    A screen shot of title character, Merida.
By Sami K. Martin, Christian Post Reporter
June 22, 2012|10:16 am

If you're looking for a family-friendly movie with a heart of gold, look no further than the new Disney-Pixar film "Brave," opening Friday. The story's central message is that of making your own way in the world and changing your fate.

Merida is your typical teenage princess, although she has a rebellious side that often conflicts with her mother's instruction. Set in ancient Scotland, Merida is forced to watch as princes compete for her hand in marriage. Merida, deeply unhappy with being ignored and wanting to create her own tradition, decides to take matters into her own hands.

When she finds an old witch willing to help her, Merida jumps at the offer to change her destiny. However, things do not go as planned and Merida must make the best of the awful, yet humorous, situation. It is through this struggle that she comes to understand how to be a young woman in the world, as well as the importance of family.

Featuring stunning graphics by Pixar and an old-school, yet modern, story reminiscent of traditional Disney, "Brave" is a delight for the entire family. There is a message for everyone in the audience, regardless of age.

The Christian Post recently spoke with lead producer Katherine Sarafian about the movie's central message of remaining true to who you are, no matter the circumstances, and she offered this takeaway for audiences.

"When you can reconcile who you are with what's expected of you and learn to trust the love of your family… that's brave. When you realize, 'I'm still me and I can still love my family and be a member of my community, just maybe not in the way that people would expect' … That's brave."

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"Brave" is in theaters today.

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