Merida: I’m not going to be like you!
Elinor: You’re acting like a child.
Merida: And you’re a beast! That’s what you are!
Brave (2012) - Merida/Elinor moments
Merida: Now you’ve done it.
There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.
‘“We gotta treat it like the Alien. Predator… It’s a cursed thing.” That was Pixar’s approach to designing Mordu, the giant “demon bear” who terrorizes Merida (Kelly Macdonald) and her family in their latest film, Brave. The result is appropriately terrifying, an unstoppable villain who prowls around despite the spears that have accumulated in his hide over his long, cursed existence. “He’s been around for centuries, perhaps. No one knows,” suggests a Pixar team member on a bonus featurette that will appear on the Blu-ray, set for release on November 13.
Details on “The Legend of Mor’du” short playing with the Brave DVD that’s to be released on November 13th, 2012.
Quite possibly the best thing about this short? The designs are MARY BLAIR inspired.
Family member transformed you into a bear? Another family member is trying to kill you now? Kenai knows how it is.
I understand now. It was never just the tapestry or a magic spell. Merida
Alright it’s time to break this down.
First gif: Really for the first time since the prologue, Merida is genuinely scared. But now her horror is more meaningful because we’ve come to know Merida as a fearless, rebellious lass! In this instance Mor’du is on top of her and she is just seconds away from death. She is vulnerable and she can’t do anything now. At this moment we see her in state where she can not put on a brave face as she has been able to do prior.
Second gif: Seriously guys. Elinor is tied down by dozens of men and wasn’t able to escape. But as soon as she saw her daughter in danger, that quick look of utter horror comes across her face before it’s replaced with that fierce, furious roar and snarl. With all the energy she can muster, Elinor just friggin rips those ropes off herself and springs into immediate action. All that matters is her daughter.
Last gif: ELINOR FRIGGIN ATTACKS MOR’DU. THE DEMON BEAR. THE. DEMON. BEAR. Look at that thing!! But no one is safe from a mother’s love for their baby—and Mor’du is no exception. And really, you can see right before Elinor hits him that Mor’du is going to lunge right down at Merida. Any later and Merida would have been Mor’du’s prey. However, Elinor is able to defeat the evil bear and save him from…well…himself.
I could write several essays about this scene alone.