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Pixar Releases Grrl Power: The Brave Trailer

Pixar just released the first trailer for next summer’s Brave, featuring the studio’s first girl protagonist, and I have to say: It looks pretty awesome.

Merida, the main character, sounds like a head-strong, fearless archer (with shades of Braveheart?), who gets to defy the local customs for change, have all the big adventures and, hopefully, in the end, save the day.

It’s only been a few days into this Dadding experiment, and you already have a good idea about what I want and don’t want out of a kid’s movie, but this one looks like a winner.

Pixar has shown incredible depth not only in animation but in story telling. Seriously, who among us didn’t cry for the first 10 minutes of Up and the last 20 of Toy Story 3? Toy Story 3! I never even saw that coming. So I’m pretty excited to see what they can do for a young girl in the lead role, and this teaser has me itching for more.

(Look at me, kissing the new boss’s … feet.)

For the record, it should be noted that it’s about time.

(Wait. What? No, just keep kissing. Keep kissing!)

Twelve films from Pixar and one girl lead? As the father of a young girl, those aren’t the numbers I’d like to see in mainstream media.

(Ugh. Dude, you had to go there? Maybe you should rethink the tone of this, considering Disney owns Pixar and Disney just bought … Babble.)

Sorry, Mickey. We’re still pals, right? Mickey? Pluto? Anyone?

All that said, I’m hopeful that all will be forgiven when Merida is unleashed next summer and Hollywood takes note that girls can carry a cartoon blockbuster, too. Can’t wait.

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