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Common Sense Media's Feel-Good DVD Gift Guide

'Brave'

Age: 6+

Why Buy? Pixar's latest animated gem centers on a wild-haired, bow-and-arrow-wielding Scottish princess and her troubled but ultimately tender relationship with her mother. Watch out for the scary bears, but enjoy the humor and gorgeous animation.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that "Brave" is a new kind of "princess movie." The first Pixar movie to revolve around a female main character, "Brave" has a strong message about family relationships and open communication between parents and kids (particularly mothers and daughters). There are several intense/scary sequences involving a large angry bear that attacks the main characters -- which are even more so when seen in 3-D -- and (possible spoiler alert) a possibly disturbing but mostly comical transformation of a mother into a bear. A moment when the mom-turned-bear temporarily forgets she's human and growls at her daughter could upset younger kids. There's also a lot of brawling among the Scotsmen, who use both weapons (arrows, swords, etc.) and their bodies (fists, teeth) on each other. There's no romance for Princess Merida, but you can expect a few jokes about men being naked under their kilts; a couple of scenes even include quick glimpses of naked cartoon bums belonging to men and three young boys. Although there are no product placements in the movie, there's a ton of "Brave" merchandise available, particularly aimed at girls. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Pixar)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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