My wife and I took our nine year old son and four year old daughter to opening day for Pixar's BRAVE and what a huge dissappointment.
The amount of dark, scary and intense images in BRAVE rivals most PG-13 action adventure films. If it wasn't for the amount of money we dropped between tickets and concessions, we would have walked out. This is not a KIDS movie for anyone under 10 years of age. Do not take them to the theater to see it. We did not see it in 3D or in IMAX either.
We love all of the Pixar films and shorts with their original story lines and breaktaking graphics. We have nearly all of them on DVD to watch over and over again. But with BRAVE, Pixar finally tarnished their impectable track record. With their other films, there are intense and scary "moments" but they use to do a great job by keeping them brief and often times implied where a younger person may not understand what just happened. But all of the scenes in BRAVE with the bears are way too long, way too intense for children. It seems other reviewers are glossing over this and focusing on the strong moral messages of the film, the family bonds and the connection between a daughter and her parents but it is all lost due to the overwhleming intensity of the scary scenes. Even when there are light hearted moments to "relax" the viewer, it is too late since the previous scene was so intense, the children have not recovered from the scary images they saw in the previous scene. Again, Pixar use to balance this so well but really missed it for BRAVE and ruined what could have been a good family tale.
My other observations in the theater include grandmothers, mothers having to cradle their own children throughout the movie and lots of questions from children throughout the film and upon walking out. I saw the Avengers earlier this year and other than when the Hulk is chasing down Scarlett Johansen's character, I feel the Avengers had fewer dark and scary images than BRAVE did.
I am extremly dissappointed with Pixar and the decisions they made with BRAVE. Their reputation is forever damaged for me and it is very unlikely that my family will support future Pixar projects, including FINDING NEMO in 3D or MONSTERS UNIVERSITY.