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Published: Thursday, Jan. 17 2013 5:15 a.m. MST

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iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

I happened to see the 'Brave' video with my 4 year old granddaughter while visiting at her home.

"Brave" is a strange movie to say the least, it teaches the following to children:
-It is OK to runaway from home and disobey your mother.
-It is OK to poison your mother and younger twin brothers.
-It is OK to disregard old fashioned family traditions of marriage.
-It is OK to get involved in ancient cults of witchcraft and that participating in rituals of supernatural evil powers will have good results for your family.

I did not actually watch the whole thing closely but I was in the room and was able to at least come away with the above obvious things that Hollywood was trying to cram into a young impressionable girls mind.

Mukkake
Salt Lake City, UT

iron&clay:
[-It is OK to disregard old fashioned family traditions of marriage.]

What an outrage! How dare a young woman not submit to an arranged marriage!

[-It is OK to get involved in ancient cults of witchcraft and that participating in rituals of supernatural evil powers will have good results for your family.]

But what if those "ancient cults of witchcraft" are part of her "old fashioned family traditions"?

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

@ mukkake

You have your right to your perceptions of that movie just as much as I have mine.

Northern Lights
Louisville, KY

iron&clay

I encourage you to give Brave another try - this time watch it closely. In my opinion, one of the biggest points the movie makes is that it is not ok to run away, not ok to poison your family, and not ok to get involved with witches and magic. These came with severe consequences for the entire family. Merida learns these lessons the hard way and spends a majority of the movie trying to repair the damage she had done. In the end, the movie was about both mother and daughter realizing that they needed to forgive eachother.

Really???
Kearns, UT

When we are casual about what our children or grandchildren are watching, we are likely to misinterpret the messages of the story. Too many of us act shocked when fictional characters misbehave, disobey their authority figures, break the laws, or do things that are against our moral code. Well, guess what, those are the things that make fiction compelling. It creates the conflict that is necessary for a interesting story. The characters suffer real consequences for their poor choices, and the story then becomes about what they do to correct those problems. These stories have value because we can learn from the characters on the screen without making those same mistakes.

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

The only reason I decided not to support Pixar in purchasing "Brave" after we watched it as a family was not because of rebellious teenagers acting out or participation in witchcraft (come on, take those things out and you pretty much have no plot, nothing from which the characters can learn and improve themselves). It was the scene with all the naked Scottish butts and the little bear-boy diving headfirst into a corpulent lady's cleavage.

Really, Pixar? I see your alliance with Disney is already beginning to corrupt.

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

@ Northern Lights, Thanks, you are like a chill pill. I just need to calm down and watch it again.

Janet
Ontario, OR

Have you looked at junior-high literature? How about the classics? Chaucer was even racier than Shakespeare. Even the Bible has Judah and Tamar, "The Song of Solomon," and the killing of infants. Education requires a certain amount of reading about lives and beliefs we won't choose to follow. Kids who are taught to be overly sensitive have a rough time in college. I know; I taught some home-schooled kids who couldn't deal with content (social, political, or any other kind) that went against what Mama approved. Watch age-appropriate films and read age-appropriate literature with your kids and discuss what is good and not-so-good in each story. I am not recommending material that is smut or inappropriate for a child's age, but nobody outside a cloister gets through school without a lot of reading and watching that's best discussed with reasonable, loving parents.

E.Zann
Kamas, UT

Isn't this article covering remarkably similar territory to one written by Jeff Peterson that you published just last week? I realize that there are differences between the two articles, but I can't really see any need for both. Maybe the facts they contain should have been combined into a single article, and the authors could have been given joint credit.

InterestedInTruth
Murray, UT

Smart Diaglog in "Moonrise Kingdom"? Where? Maybe this is a little kids movie, but there is nothing smart about this movie. Fantasy? Yes. One of the stupidest movies of the year. Yes. Waste of Time!!!!! YES! YES! YES!!!!

InterestedInTruth
Murray, UT

Smart dialog in "Moonrise Kingdom"? Where? There is nothing smart about this movie. Fantasy? Yes. Waste of Time? YES. One of the worst movies of the year? YES! YES! YES!

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