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20 Reasons to Be Excited About Brave (As If You Weren’t Already)


Two weeks ago, the first official teaser for Pixar’s Brave premiered with the release of Cars 2, giving Cars 2 a reason to exist. At the time I was too busy performing in a show, reviewing shows, holding down a job and keeping my cat happy to be properly excited. This week, though, I have had enough of a break to appreciate how excited I am.

And I am excited. Stupidly excited. Obnoxiously excited. I am more excited for this movie than I am for all the Christmasses to come. I am more excited for this movie than I am for my brother’s upcoming wedding (sorry, Josh). I am more excited for this movie than I am for Captain America, the drunken laugh-fest that will be Breaking Dawn, and any and all movies featuring Alan Rickman.

I am in fact so excited that it is actually making me angry. Why do I have to wait another year for this movie? I want it now. I will Veruca Salt all over this place until I get my very own Brave! (kicks things)

Here are twenty reasons why you should be excited if you are not already:

  1. It’s the first Pixar movie with a female protagonist.
  2. It was written by two women. Progress (for Pixar, anyway)! Keep on swimming, fellow ladies in the arts. Keep on swimming. Especially Brenda Chapman, who, despite co-creating the whole story of Brave and receiving a co-director’s credit, was fired halfway through production for nonelucidated “creative differences.”
  3. The trailer alone is better than all of Cars 2.
  4. The heroine, Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald), has curly red hair, which will hopefully not be straightened out in a hilarious makeover montage.
  5. The first time we ever see Merida, a princess in a Disney movie, she’s shooting a freaking bear. Yay!
  6. Also atypical of Disney princesses: no indication of a romantic interest. Oh, please let this be the first movie princess to not get paired off with anyone in the end. Please, oh, please, oh, please, oh please…
  7. Cars 2 is crap because Pixar spent all of their creative energy making Brave as brilliant as possible. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.
  8. OMG THERE’S A PONY!
  9. Emma Thompson is voicing a character called Queen Elinor. For those of you unfamiliar with Ms. Thompson, she went to college with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, wrote the best version of Sense & Sensibility that ever was and ever will be, and is professionally awesome.
  10. We also have the voices of Mrs. Weasley, Hagrid, Uncle Monty, Mr. Wick, or as I like to call them: “cast of the best cross-over fanfic ever”.
  11. This movie is probably going to be everything you’ve ever wanted from a Renaissance Faire without the worst parts of actually going to a Renaissance Faire.
  12. As of press time, no one at Pixar has confirmed that there will be a dragon…but then, no one at Pixar has not confirmed that there will be a dragon.
  13. And what are those blue glowing things? Are they fairies? If there are fairies in this movie, then all kinds of crazy magical shit is possible. Like dragons. Dragons, please.
  14. Look at it. Just…look at it.
  15. Seriously, the vistas are so gorgeous I can’t stand it. It almost breaks my heart that these magical, misty hills are only computer animated. Why can’t they be real?
  16. Who does not love a Scottish accent? Silly people, that’s whom. Since Braveheart is now officially unwatchable, we need a new movie that lilts with the guttural music of a Highland burr, and Brave promises to be that very movie.
  17. In fact, why don’t we just say that Brave is full-stop Braveheart done right? Just look at Lord MacIntosh. That’s all the Braveheart you need.
  18. Or, we could call it Game of Thrones without the doggy-style.
  19. By the time Brave opens we will have probably forgotten that Cars 2 ever happened.
  20. In fact, as of right now let’s never speak of Cars 2 again.

If you are not excited by now, there is nothing I can do for you. Your heart must be made of stone; and your blood, Axe Body Spray. As for me…NOW. GIVE IT TO ME NOW.

Amanda LaPergola tweets @LaPergs.

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  • http://twitter.com/NuttyLizard Gina

    Gah! I was already excited! But now i want to see it NOW!!! 

    Road trip? Where is Pixar headquartered anyway…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mel-Phistopheles/1022044401 Mel Phistopheles

    I’m with you on every point but one. Shooting that bear is not a good idea.

  • Anonymous

    I still just don’t understand the all the Cars 2 hate. I thought it was a lovely movie with a totally fun story! Especially as far as sequels go, I thought it was top notch!

    I am super excited for Brave, though. But then, I’m super excited for every Pixar movie ever.

  • http://twitter.com/Menshevixen DH

    “The heroine, Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald), has curly red hair, which will hopefully not be straightened out in a hilarious makeover montage.”

    UNHOLY. I hope to Jeebus this doesn’t happen.

    This voice cast is pretty fucken awesome. Speaking of Kelly McDonald, when does Boardwalk Empire come back?

  • http://ladymercury-10.livejournal.com/ Maiasaura

    Yes!  Scottish accents rock. :D  This movie looks great for so many reasons!

    Just a heads up–the last two links seem to be broken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Erdbeermilch Sarah Goesch

    I am with you there

    I personal plus for me : Craig Ferguson is a nother voice actor *~*
    (at least that´s that is what I heard)

  • Anonymous

    The wee blue licht yer seein’ is nay a fairy, lassy.  It’s whit we call a teine biorach, or maybe ye’ve heard it called the Will o the Wisp.  They’re right wee buggers that like tee wander the forests an’ marshes.  Ah hear they gie them in Wales tay, but the Welsh ones are nea half as braw as the Wisps we gie in bonny wee Scotland.

    ‘Part frae lurin’ in the unwary tae they’re certain doom, Wisps willnae hurt ye.  ‘Cept ah heard they once gae an Armageddon spell tae the Avatar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-LaPergola/81300432 Amanda LaPergola

    I have no idea what you said, but it sounds awesome.

  • Francesca M

    EEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! *RUNS AROUND IN CIRCLES LIKE A MUPPET WITH HER HEAD ON FIRE* SO EXCITING!!!!!!

  • Francesca M

    EEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! *RUNS AROUND IN CIRCLES LIKE A MUPPET WITH HER HEAD ON FIRE* SO EXCITING!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/WanderingBauble Rachel Radwanski

    Translation: 
    “the small blue light you’re seeing is not a fairy, girlie. It’s what we call a teine biorach, or maybe you’ve heard it called the Will o the Wisp. They’re right small fellows that like to wander the forests and marshes. I hear they get them in Wales too, but the Welsh ones are not half as brave (?) as the Wisps we get in beautiful Scotland. 

    Apart from luring the unwary to they’re certain doom, Wisps will not hurt you. Except I heard they once gave an Armageddon spell to the Avatar.”

    Not sure if you actually needed that or not, but that, at least, is my best guess. ;-) 

  • Anonymous

    It’s in Emeryville, CA, like 10 minutes from my apartment.  You can totally crash on my futon.

  • Angel S.

    For Gaelic accents and gorgeous artistic animation, watch “The Secret of Kells.”  It’s not a Pixar-like movie, but honestly, once you start watching it, you won’t care.  It’s just amazing. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1244520180 Andrea Pantoja

    “As of press time, no one at Pixar has confirmed that there will be a dragon…but then, no one at Pixar has not confirmed that there will be a dragon”. <– Best logic I've heard all day. 
    I saw we pull a "Fanboys" and steal the film. Pixar: I want to go to there anyways!

  • ravi kumar

    I’m exited to watch BRAVE but I dont think CARS2 is a crap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002256972053 MirLes Hernandez

    bahahaha! Amanda, you make me giggle! Am twitching with excitement over this, ME WANT NOW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Jones/638581286 Deborah Jones

    Don’t know if it’s just me, but about five of your links aren’t working. But yeah, so looking forward to this!

  • http://twitter.com/CorinaBecker Corina Lynn Becker

    I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    realistically speaking on #6, it’s Disney.  I wouldn’t count on it too much, but I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally want it to happen!!!!

    And oh god, the hair!!  the accents!!!  excuse me while I swoon!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1336320603 Rebecca Steinberg

    i sat through cars2 twice opening weekend (i have a 3year old son who is obsessed with the original) and was super pissed that neither time did i get the trailer for brave. i kept waiting for it and kept getting spy kids 4d and pooh bear…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2R574GOFGQTQLPTAZEEKD4PFVU Stefan

    YOU’RE TALK ABOUT CARS 2 RUINED THE WHOLE FUCKING THING FOR ME. AND DON’T BE AN IDIOT INTO THINKING CARS 2 WILL BE FORGOTTEN. IT’S A RECENT FILM.