Take That, Disney Princess Haters!

There’s this movement out there among pop culture that hates the entire Disney Princess cause. They hate the message it sends to little girls: that they have to be beautiful and soft spoken. They should never get dirty or mess up their hair. And they have to wait for their prince to come and carry them off to their future. (Side note: said Disney Princess haters would probably hate the way I’m raising my daughter. Tutus, play-make up, jewels, and yes…princesses galore! But that’s another blog post for another time.) 
As a Disney fanatic (no shame there) I’ve been anxiously awaiting this movie’s opening day. I had heard it was going to be different. But just how different? Well, I’m happy to say Brave was clearly Disney’s answer to all the princess haters out there…but also, just as enjoyable as the classic Disney Princess movies and just as full of heart. Merida is a Scottish princess who hates dressing up, is severely lacking in the etiquette department, talks back to her parents, and kick’s some serious ass with a bow and arrow. She fights against the tradition of picking a suitor and doesn’t know if she ever wants to get married. Merida is sensational. By the end of the movie I felt so proud of her I could burst! 

The animation is (as per usual) amazing. The voice talent is spot on. And it’s full of humor for kids and adults. All of which we’ve all come to expect from Disney Pixar. But this isn’t your run of the mill flowery princess musical. In fact, Merida is the first Disney Princess who doesn’t sing in her film. And she’s also the first Disney Princess not to have a love interest in her film. It’s a wonderful story that centers itself around family loyalty, forgiveness, and empowerment. The only negative thing I will say is that it was a bit too intense for my 3 year old at times. There are some scary and violent parts. And it does turn dark…which is why my boys (6 & 8) loved it, of course. 
Don’t get me wrong. I will always love the classic Disney Princesses. But I think I love Merida even more because she seems like the one we would see riding her horse past Cinderella giving her the middle finger with a smile on her face. Even though Merida’s message may be a bit lost on the 3 and 4 year old set, this movie is one for little girls (and boys) to grow up on. I’d like to give a huge high five to Disney for answering back to their critics and introducing us to Merida.

“I am Merida, firstborn descendant of Clan DunBroch, and I’ll be shooting for my own hand.” 


  1. Sounds like there might be a lot of newborn baby girls arriving in the very near future. This grandma is looking forward to seeing the movie real soon.

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