The film is noteworthy for its rumination on the subtle costs of its characters’ newfound prosperity.
No cartoon has ever conveyed the struggle for self-actualization with such an inexpressive sense of imagination as this cheap and glorified babysitter.
Dean DeBlois’s film has the core of a genuine crowd-pleaser, but unfortunately something bigger and more all-consuming keeps getting into its head.
The old ways have been literally silenced, with no thought as to why they existed in the first place. The only lesson Merida learns is that she should be more careful in her dealings with witches.