I’m not always the biggest fan of Disney animations. Up to a point, it seems that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Most of them do have some charms to recommend them, but they tend to follow certain formulas pretty rigorously.

I went to watch Brave hoping it would be a little different, and it already had a leg up since it’s set in Scotland. I enjoy Celtic (especially Scottish) stories. Brave surprised me by not really being a typical Disney movie. Yes, there is the spirited girl, Merida, who fights to get her own way, but her actions are what causes the conflict. She has to learn to think about others, not just herself.

Brave is really a story about family and loyalty than anything else. The Scottish setting and music (and the accents of the characters) only added to the charm. It was an engaging and entertaining story, one that is worth watching.