Pixar, it appears, is resting on its laurels. An amazing run featuring some of the finest animation ever produced—Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up
and Toy Story 3
, only interrupted by the average Cars
—has started to slow down. First was the even blander Cars
sequel, and now Pixar unfurls Brave
, which lacks most of the traditions that had set Pixar apart. The story of a rebellious princess is not very aptly told; the animation is nothing special; the songs are awful; and there aren’t many memorable things about the subplots or supporting characters. This could be anybody’s animated movie. Brave
is OK, and it definitely provides a powerful message for young girls (an audience often overlooked by animation), but just because its heart is in the right place doesn’t make Brave
anything to write home about.