Eva Knott 4:04 a.m., May 23
Brave: Why I'm Worried
I haven't seen Brave yet, so take this for what it is: the worryings of a Pixar fan who just isn't feeling the magic from this latest effort.
I thought for a while it was the reliance on physical gags in the trailer. Nipple pinching! Corset tightening! Dress splitting! Kilt lifting! But hey, they're medieval Scots, the people who made a sport out of log tossing. What did I expect?
No, what really bugs me is how...unfresh the whole thing seems. Let's reach back into animated history a bit, shall we? All the way back to 2010's How to Train Your Dragon! Lessee...
Remote village perched on the edge of a cliff - check.
Encounter with terrifying beast - check.
Hulking father who is also a king - check.
Hero/heroine who rejects the burden of tradition and chooses to go his/her own way - check.
Contests simulating skill in battle - check.
Journey/exile from village leading to game-changing event - check.
Surprising encounter with beast once thought to be the enemy - check?
As I say, I haven't seen Brave yet. And it's possible to use old material in a fresh way. But the girl who wants adventure instead of this provincial life? Oddly familiar.
As I say - I'm worried.