Brave Directed by: Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman Written by:Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman and Irene Mecchi (screenplay), Brenda Chapman (story) Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters
Pixar has swept up diverse audiences of children, adults, film critics and casual movie watchers on fantastical journeys to their fully realized animated worlds. That unparallelled run in quality, box office gross and awards has made them an unstoppably positive influence on modern movies.
Until now, men have dominated the spotlight in Pixar’s movies just as they often do in most others. As the big studio “female” paradigm (very) gently shifts away from romantic comedies toward raunchier fare like Bridesmaids and action blockbusters like The Hunger Games, it only makes sense that the Mrs. Incredibles, the Jessies and the EVEs would start to occupy the center of Pixar’s spotlight.
Tangled Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard Written by: Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (fairy tale) Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, and Ron Perlman
You’ve seen this place before. The polished forests, trickling streams, song birds chirping in a synchronized melody- you’re in Hell, only this time it looks more polished.
That may be a bit hyperbolic to describe Tangled, the latest Disney princess delusion to sweep children up on waves of fantasy and take them to a perfect world that will never exist. The images are distinctly old school, reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty or Snow White. These days, though, Pixar is the bulk of Disney animation, and their technical and story wizards work behind the scenes (the company’s John Lasseter serves as producer) to salvage this movie from destroying itself. It’s not a bad pairing at times, with beautiful images and story-telling subversion that are well above this movie’s call.