Having a two year old daughter, I have quite the collection of Disney movies. Actually I am kidding myself with this statement. The truth is I have most of these movies more for me than for her. I love Disney and Pixar movies. What is not to love, the beautiful animation, the music, the love stories, the lessons & those princesses. I know that these days many frown upon the so called message the Disney princesses bring, but I still love those ladies.
From the first of the princesses, Snow White to the latest two Elsa & Anna, each of them has brought their own unique and beautiful story.
Sure, Jasmine is exotic & Rapunzel has that great hair. Sleeping beauty gets to nap all day, (she obviously does not have any children), and Cinderella has the fancy shoes, but it is Merida from Brave that tops my list.
Tonight, after putting my daughter to bed, I popped in Brave. This is not one that my daughter is especially fond of, but it is my favorite.
It could be because of the music, something about Scottish music has always moved me. Perhaps it is that I covet that wonderfully wild red mane on Merida’s head. Maybe, it is because I have always been fascinated by archery. It could be Merida’s independence and fiery spirit that I love best. It could be all of those things, but I think if truth be told it is the love story that wins my heart. It is not the typical love story for a Disney Princess. There is no gallant prince on a galloping steed. There is no spell to be broken by true loves kiss, although there is still a spell to be broken by love. The main love story in this movie is centered onMerida & her mother.
Like most teenage girls and their mothers, they struggle to understand each other. When they are forced to flee their kingdom together, they embark on a journey of discovery and learn a lot about each other and themselves. It is not until Merida thinks that she has lost her mother that she realizes how much she loves her and that she finally admits to herself that her mother has always been there for her.
I suppose that me missing my own mother has a lot to do with it, which would explain the shameful display of waterworks that occurs each time the movie ends. So while the Frog Princess and Little Mermaid are spectacular, Merida is my favorite Disney princess.
Which is your favorite princess and why?