By Sheila Arkee
Going to the movies is a rare event but I actually had the chance to see the latest Disney film, Brave, this week. First of all, what an absolutely beautifully produced movie – the animation blew my mind. I remember when Aladdin was released I was amazed by the quality and now, twenty years later it’s an entirely new ballgame.
I was thrilled to see a strong willed, independed heroine who has a backbone and doesn’t look or act like the typical Disney princess. There was no running off with Prince Charming, a plot point which I think is sorely overdue.
Let’s talk about the hair – Merida’s curly red hair is a work of art! It also very true to naturally curly hair which doesn’t spiral uniformly. Let’s face it – curly hair is a statement. I have struggled with curly hair acceptance in the past and statments like this on the Entertainment Weekly website are exactly the reason why.
Crazy?????? Really? How about, no, let’s encourage variety. Let’s enourage self-esteem in children who have hair that looks like Merida’s.
On a side note, the movie is not Autism-friendly – my little guy was not happy about the noise level or the bears, which would have scared me as well as a little girl.
Have you seen Brave? What did you think?