But – they did want to see 'Brave.'
It's been a while since we've even seen an animated movie (my 13-year-old's almost monthly viewing of Miyazaki's 'Howl's Moving Castle' doesn't count) – 'The Lorax,' 'Madagascar 3' and the last fifty-four 'Ice Age' movies have come and gone without either of my girls showing the least amount of interest.
But they've been intrigued by 'Brave' ever since seeing a trailer a few months ago, which surprised me since the movie featured not one single scene of Channing Tatum taking off his shirt – which seems to be a prerequisite for any movie they'll watch these days.
I'm not going to go into the plot of the movie, since unless you've been living under a rock for the last month you're probably already familiar with it (and no, I won't spoil the surprise of the you-know-who who turns into a you-know-what.) But I will tell you that I took my 13-year-old to see it a couple of weeks ago at the El Capitan Theatre and she thoroughly enjoyed it, and loved the animation. It's got some bits of sophisticated humor that we both appreciated, and I'm just a sucker for anything starring Emma Thompson, even in animated form. And even when she turned into a you-know-what. (See - no spoilers here!)
Younger kids will love the live stage show with all of their favorite Disney and Pixar characters - and of course Merida makes an appearance. (One thing I could have done without – Mickey and Minnie dancing, in kilts.) And don't miss the special Breakfast with Merida at the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store – I've done one of these breakfasts before for another movie, and it was a BIG hit, even with my teens (and don't forget that any food you purchase at the Soda Fountain can be taken into the theater with you! French fries + movie = awesome.)
So my final word on 'Brave': You, and your teens, will love it. And it's something you can do together, until they'll be able to go see the male stripper movie on their own.
Brave is at the El Capitan Theater from June 22 - Aug 12. You can buy tickets here. The pre-show Breakfast With Merida is only offered on select days and requires a reservation, so check the website for availability or call 1-800 DISNEY6.
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