Pixar’s attempts of redemption following the shameful Cars 2.
Ever since Pixar broke ground in 1995, with the innovative and universally acclaimed Toy Story, audiences have expected the same quality in each of their follow up films. Until recently the prestigious animation studio conquered the immense expectation and delivered consistently brilliant cinema experiences that reinvigorated the animation film. After hitting their first speed bump in 2011 with the disappointing sequel for Cars, Pixar attempts to refine their aim and hit the target with fantasy adventure Brave.
During their eighteen year reign Pixar combined clever concepts with a child-like imagination to create gloriously unique and constantly entertaining films. Surprisingly, the concept for Brave is basic; even though it is the first time the studio has focussed on a female protagonist. The narrative is a simple coming-of-age fairytale centred on a dysfunctional relationship between a mother and daughter. Though they offer some embellishments the writers fail to escape formulaic predictability and audiences will never dismiss the feeling that this tale has been told countless times before.
Innovation is essential for Pixar’s storytelling and the studio can’t afford to rely on a simplistic narrative vehicle to flaunt their stylish design and playful humour, because these exceptional qualities have become prerequisites. As anticipated Brave echoes the medley of diverse comedy and luxurious artistry that has made each of their previous animations perfect family entertainment. Unfortunately for all of the technical expertise and visual humour, neither is able to veil a shamefully wafer thin narrative.
Brave is a fine film in its own regard, the problem is that ‘fine’ isn’t enough where these remarkable filmmakers are concerned. Despite being another enjoyable addition to their stellar filmography, as its Pixar’s first film from a female director with a female protagonist Brave really is a missed opportunity for a ground-breaking animation that the studio is renowned for.