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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...

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Remote village perched on the edge of a cliff - check.

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Encounter with terrifying beast - check.

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Hulking father who is also a king - check.

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Hero/heroine who rejects the burden of tradition and chooses to go his/her own way - check.

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Contests simulating skill in battle - check.

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Journey/exile from village leading to game-changing event - check.

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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVovQfq7U0w

As I say - I'm worried.

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Colonna June 19, 2012 @ 4:18 p.m.

My kids are begging me to take them to this movie and I've had the same feelings Matt.

One for the list: commercials utilizing the voice of Craig Ferguson. Check!

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