I am wondering if anyone has seen Brave or Madagascar 3? I am curious about Brave, knowing Disney is there a parent death involved? G's birthday is Sunday we want to take him to the movies. Trying to decide between the two movies.
There was a discussion about this in Nov DD, and the consensus seemed to be that it's not good for LOs. One woman's 7 yr old had to leave because she was scared. Also, the title alone tells us that the main character has a reason to be brave, and that means there are probably some scary things involved. I'd stick with M3.
We are taking the girls to see Brave at the drive in on Thursday and they are going to see M3 for a birthday party on Friday. They've never seen any of the Madagascar movies-they're not into animals talking like that-so I'm not sure how they'll like it. I've heard that Brave is a bit intense for the under 7/8 crowd but not to the point of it being inappropriate, just more intense than some of the other Disney movies out there. More like Hunchback of Notre Dame or something. As for the story line-I hate to admit this but the only previews I've seen for it are what they showed during the episode of The Bachelorette last week . I have no clue what the actual story line is regarding parents or anything like that.
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My dh took JoJo (4 1/2) to see Brave on Sunday and they had to leave because she was upset and crying - he felt so terrible about it that when he got home he almost cried himself telling me how bad he felt. I will never understand why they make kids movies that are too scary and sad for kids to watch.
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I'm so glad to see this thread and will follow it closely. A friend wanted us to take the kids and after I read some reviews I said I didn't think it was a good idea. I saw her again this weekend and she was suprised that I thought it would be too dark/scary for them. The kids BTW are 5, 4 1/2, 3 and 2 1/2.
Sorry JoJo had a hard time with it! Now, I definitely think we won't see it.
M3 isn't scary, just not very good. My boys both enjoyed it though. Now I'm wondering if we should go watch Brave...I really wanted to see it, though!
Saw Brave with my 14 y.o. this weekend. It was a really good movie, and absolutely beautifully made! but yes, a little intense/scary in places. Better for slightly older children. If you do have a daughter who is old enough/mature enough, though -- maybe age 8 and up? -- I would highly recommend going as a mom/daughter thing. The storyline is very much about mother/daughter bonding, and it is very touching and somewhat deep for a typical animated film (it definitely made me think about my role as a mother!). The leads are strong female characters ...I would argue that they actually made the men a little too goofy and dumb, but the leading women are great.
Pixar movies are often geared for a slightly older audience, which is why it's PG instead of G. Their storylines are a bit more mature, often sad (remember the beginning of 'Up?' I cried only 5 minutes into the movie!). Sometimes very young children aren't their audience at all, and I think that's ok. I like that Pixar movies are often a little more sophisticated.
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I just came from Brave with my 2 daughters ages 5 and 3 - it was great! They loved it! No parent deaths but parent in peril (why does Disney hate parents?!). I can see how it may be scary for some. It's loud. The only action/violence is fighting between bears which is loud and kind of scary but my girls were totally fine. I have not seen a lot of kids movies so I have nothing to really compare it to. Maybe it's more intense than others IDK.
I LOVED the theme Finally a decent movie about a young girl who wants to choose her own future and live her own life instead of riding off with a price
I would recommend it.
I took the girls with a friend and we loved it! Our girls ages were 6, my 5 y/o twins and her 4.5 y/o. I must say 5 minutes into the movie I was worried b/c it had made us all jump and a few people in the theatre scream! But, it was AWESOME! We loved it! My girls were so into the movie the whole time that they did not constantly pester me for junk food I say well worth it especially since it is geared toward making strong female choices!
Dee Dee, Mom to 2 handsome young men & 2 beautiful girls!
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We took our kids to Brave (4.5 and 2.5) on opening day. I had seen numerous previews and read a lot about it, but wished I would have done my research even better. The "villain" is actually very scary (although my kids did perfectly fine in it) and I was not a fan of how the daughter spoke to her mother. All in all, I would say it is for older kids just due to the fact that it is really dark and more scary than anticipated.