Brave is the first Pixar film directed by a woman. So it's clearly going to speak to girls anyway. I find it a LOT smarter written than any of the ordinary Disney Princess film (which are painfully formulaic, but the better ones make you forget formula), not to mention it's a change of pace of Pixar's cute talking thing that doesn't ordinarily talk learns a lesson/soap box film. Probably their first since Incredibles. I thought it was a solid effort, it does seem to be missing something, and there should have been a little more action and urgency in the film to round it out. But it wasn't Cars or Cars 2, so I give them all the credit in the world for going for artistic over merchandising. Hopefully it gets a better audience on home video than Ratatouille, which was a great film, but the gourmet food jokes clearly couldn't capture kid's attention. But I am hungry for the next installment of Monsters Inc. Without making a massive spoiler, I'm glad that film didn't end that way. It makes all those tough princesses seem hypocritical. But what gets me is the fact that she isn't girly girl and doesn't want to get a politically motivated arranged marriage, some dumbfarts are calling the main character a lesbian. Facepalm.