Underrated: Merida

Let’s talk about Merida, the true first familial love story by Disney

I’m just going to share this greatly unpopular opinion: I loathe Frozen. Maybe because it was waaaaaaaaaay overdone and profited from, but probably because it is adored by many for the sibling love it focuses on, making it “new”. Well, Merida in Brave was actually first. But Brave is often dismissed because it’s Pixar (which is owned by Disney, so it’s still Disney). Pixar arguably makes better and more culturally aware films (Inside Out for example) so I find Brave the real first Disney film to not focus on true love, but on family love.

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Okay, end of rant. Merida as a character is also very underrated. She is a smart and strong princess with a wild side, which we don’t often see from Disney royalty. She is also royal by birth, not royal by marriage. And even though marriage is a plot device, it’s quickly evident that marriage is not going to happen. Merida competes for her own freedom from marriage and to have her own choice.

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Also, Brave focuses on the relationship between mom and daughter, which we NEVER see in Disney since mother’s are usually dead. Imagine how wonderful it is for a mom to take her daughter to see Brave and it’s about mother/daughter relationships! I’d rather watch that then yet another Prince Charming.

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Not only is Merida just a kick ass kind of princess, she also tells the story of the difficulty but importance and special relationship we have with our mothers.

What characters do you think are underrated? Share in the comments below!

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21 thoughts on “Underrated: Merida

  1. Eh. The reason I rate the movie lowly has nothing to do with it being Pixar and everything to do it with it’s message being, “no matter how horrible they act the Child is ultimately in the right and the Mother is ultimately wrong.” It had the potential to be a great film but they screwed it up by being too one sided.

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  2. I don’t have a daughter, but I think it is an incredible bond between a mother and her child and Disney loves to remove that powerful bond for some reason. I think Merida is one of the strongest Disney/Pixar characters out there prior to Moana. She fights for herself and her family. Although she treats her mother poorly in the beginning of the film she comes to realize how beautiful and unconditional the love of a mother can be.

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  3. I love Merida too! I don’t understand the flak Brave cops; I think it blows some of their other films like A Bug’s Life and Ratatouille (not to mentio Cars) out of the water, although Inside Out is my ultimate fave. Pixar’s great at telling stories but it bothered me for a long time that they had five male characters to every female one.

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  4. She’s massively underrated. She’s a killer badass and I loved watching her bond with her mother. Way more moving than anything Prince Charming could pull. I think Megara is a little underrated too. She’s the first princess I’ve seen who’s actually got emotional baggage and she’s funny as heck.

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  5. I agreee!! I love Brave, it’s such a fun and beautiful film. And it bothers me that people don’t consider Pixar “true Disney”. 😦 I know what they mean, kind of, but Pixar are still making kickass films. And I still need to see Inside Out, thanks for the reminder.

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  6. Great post! I don’t share your sentiments though as I am not really a big fan of Brave or Merida, but to each his/her own. You’re right though that Frozen was definitely not the first Disney film to showcase familial love. I too believe Frozen is overrated, although I still do like it and not loathe it.

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  7. For me, living in Scotland as someone born in England, this film had much more of a cultural significance. You don’t realise until you live in Scotland just how different the language and culture is, and it is very overlooked and ignored by English companies. One time we were watching one of the big sporting events and you could track the TV company (BBC) focusing on English teams and totally ignoring the Scottish ones. However, when it’s just a British Team they’re happy to make it known that the Scottish players are part of the team. So the fact that this film featured genuine Scottish dialogue and the Scots language is a big deal in it’s own right.

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