Brave Movie Quotes: Slightly Underwhelming

(Total Quotes: 62)

Directed by:
Mark Andrews
Brenda Chapman
Steve Purcell (co-director)
Written by:
Mark Andrews (screenplay)
Steve Purcell (screenplay)
Brenda Chapman (screenplay)
Irene Mecchi (screenplay)
Brenda Chapman (story)
Kelly Macdonald – Merida (voice)
Billy Connolly – Fergus (voice)
Emma Thompson – Elinor (voice)
Julie Walters – The Witch (voice)
Robbie Coltrane – Lord Dingwall (voice)
Kevin McKidd – Lord MacGuffin / Young MacGuffin (voice)
Craig Ferguson – Lord Macintosh (voice)
Sally Kinghorn – Maudie (voice)
Eilidh Fraser – Maudie (voice)
Peigi Barker – Young Merida (voice)
Steven Cree – Young Macintosh (voice)
Steve Purcell – The Crow (voice)
Callum O’Neill – Wee Dingwall (voice)
Patrick Doyle – Martin (voice)
John Ratzenberger – Gordon (voice)


On the surface Brave movie quotes are sweet spirited, occasionally shows signs of brilliance, fairly conventional with some impressive characterization, but if you dig deeper you can see that the narrative is slightly messy which ultimately makes it feel a little underwhelming. A quick rundown of the story; Brave is set in 10th century Scotland and is about Princess Merida, a skilled archer, who decides to defy the age old customs enforced by her mother and refuses to marry the oldest son of one of three lords from other clans, causing chaos in her kingdom. Seeking to change her fate, Merida consults a witch for help, but by doing this her family becomes cursed and Merida is forced to undo the spell and discover the true meaning of bravery.

Verdict: Although the movie lacks in the plot department it does somewhat make up for it in the way it’s beautifully crafted and for once it’s great to see a cartoon where the emphasis of the story is on the mother-daughter relationship.

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[first lines; young princess Merida plays hide-and-seek with her mother]
Elinor: Where are you? Come out! Come out! Come on out! I’m coming to get you!
[young Merida laughs as she hides under the table]
Elinor: Where are you, you little rascal? I’m coming to get you!
[Elinor looks under the table but Merida quickly moves to hide somewhere else]
Elinor: Hmm. Where is my little Birthday girl, hm? I’m going to gobble her up when I find her!
[Merida comes up behind Elinor and goes to run away but Elinor catches her]
Elinor: I’m going to eat you!
[she pretends to eat Merida and they both laugh]


[as Elinor and young Merida play, Fergus places his bow on the table]
Elinor: Ach! Fergus, no weapons on the table!
[Merida runs towards the table]
Young Merida: Can I shoot an arrow?
[she picks up the large bow from the table]
Young Merida: Can I? Can I? Can I? Can I? Please, can I?
[she falls and laughs as the bow is too big for her]
Fergus: Not with that. Why not use your very own?
[he presents her with a small bow]
Fergus: Happy Birthday, my wee darlin’!


[as Fergus teaches young Merida how to shoot with her bow, Merida misses the target]
Fergus: Now, there’s a good girl. listen. Draw all the way back now to your cheek. That’s right, keep both eyes open, and…boost.
[Merida shoots and misses the target again]
Young Merida: I missed it.
Elinor: Go and fetch it, then.
[as Merida runs off to fetch the bow, Elinor turns to Fergus]
Elinor: A bow, Fergus? She’s a lady!
[Fergus pinches Elinor’s behind playfully and laughs]


[as Merida seeks her missed arrow in the forest and finds it, something feels strange she turns and sees a floating blue light]
Young Merida: A Will O’ the Wisp.
[Merida runs towards it and tries to catch the wisp but it flies away]
Young Merida: They are real.
[Merida then sees a line of wisps and goes after them excitedly, Elinor calls out to her]
Elinor: Merida! Come on, sweetheart, we’re leaving now…
[Merida runs back towards her parents]
Young Merida: I saw a wisp! I saw a wisp!
Elinor: A wisp? You know, some say that Will O’ the Wisps lead you to your fate.
Fergus: Oh, aye! Or an arrow! Come on, let’s be off. Before we see a dancing charging bubu or a giant…
[Fergus walks off and Elinor picks up Merida]
Elinor: Your father doesn’t believe in magic.
Young Merida: Well he should, cause it’s true.
[suddenly huge black bear comes behind Elinor and Merida, making Merida scream with terror]
Fergus: Mor’du! Elinor, hide!
[Elinor and Merida run off, one of Fergus’ men passes a spear to him, Fergus charges towards Mor’du but he snaps off Fergus’ spear, then we see Elinor and Merida escape on horseback, then Fergus holds up his sword at Mor’du and shouts]
Fergus: Come on, you!
[suddenly Mor’du lunges forward and the screen goes blank]


Merida: [voice over] Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led.


Merida: [voice over] The story of how my father lost his leg to the demon bear, Mor’du, became legend. I became a sister to three new brothers, the princes. Hamish, Hubert and Harris. Wee devils more like. They get away with murder! I can never get away with anything!


[we see Merida, now a teenager talking about her life, as the doors to the palace open we see Merida biting into an apple and Elinor looking disappointed]
Merida: [voice over] I’m the princess. I’m the example.
[Merida quickly discards the apple and wipes her mouth with the back of her hand and starts walking towards her parents]
Merida: [voice over] I’ve got duties, responsibilities, expectations. My whole life is planned out, until the day I become, well, my mother. She’s in charge of every single day of my life.



[we see Merida reciting a traditional English song in a monotone voice and looking bored]
Merida: A Robyn, jolly Robyn, and thou shalt know of myn.
Elinor: Project!
[Merida projects her voice louder]
Merida: And thou shalt know of myn…
Elinor: Pronounciate! You must be understood from anywhere in the room, or it’s all for
[Merida mutters to herself]
Merida: This is all for naught.
Elinor: I heard that! From the top.


[we see Elinor teaching Merida geography]
Elinor: A princess must be knowledgeable about her kingdom.
[she takes away the paper that Merida is writing on and holds it up]
Elinor: She doesn’t make doodle!
[we see Elinor teaching Merida how to play the lyre which sounds out of tune]
Elinor: That’s a C, dear.
[then we see Merida holding a bird with Fergus standing beside her, as Merida tries to feed the bird it flies off and attacks Fergus, Merida starts laughing as Fergus tries to fend off the bird]
Elinor: A princess does not chortle!
[then we see Merida trying to stuff a big bite of chicken in her mouth at the dinner table]
Elinor: Doesn’t stuff her gob!
[then we see Elinor opening the curtains in Merida’s room to wake Merida]
Elinor: Rises early…
[then in the kitchen]
Elinor: Is compassionate…
[then at the King’s throne]
Elinor: Patient!
[at the dining hall]
Elinor: Cautious!
[in Merida’s room]
Elinor: Clean!
[then we see Elinor with Fergus walking passed Merida]
Elinor: And above all, a princess strives for…well, perfection!


[we see Merida waking up, getting dressed, taking her bow and arrows, running downstairs to her horse, Angus, and riding off]
Merida: [voice over] But every once in a while, there’s a day when I don’t have to be a princess. No lessons, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day when I can change my fate.
[we see Merida as she riding into the forest, shooting her arrows at different targets, then sitting near the cliff’s edge and carves on her bow, then see climbs a rock and when she reaches the top she drinks from the waterfall nearby and the screams and jumps up and down in excitement]


[as Merida finally returns to the castle, she jumps off Angus]
Merida: I’m starving. You’re hungry too, I guess.
[Merida pats Angus and he strikes her with his tail]
Merida: Poof!
[then Merida enters the kitchen and is greeted by the kitchen staff, Merida then sneaks some food from the table and enters the dining hall, she goes and hears her father reciting his tale of his fight with Mor’du]
Fergus: From nowhere, the biggest bear you’ve ever seen! Its hide littered with the weapons of fallen warriors. Its face scarred with one dead eye. I threw my sword and…
Merida: Whoosh! One swipe, his sword shattered, then, chomp! Dad’s leg was clean off! Down that monster’s throat it went.
Fergus: Awwwwww! That’s my favorite part!brave-3
Merida: Mor’du has never been seen since. And he’s roaming the wild, awaiting his chance for revenge.
Fergus: Let him return, I’ll finish what I gobbled in the first place.
[Merida places her bow on the table]
Elinor: Merida, a princess does not place her weapons on the table.
Merida: Mom! It’s just my bow.
Elinor: A princess should not have weaponry in my opinion.
Fergus: Leave her be! Princess or not, learning to fight is essential.


Merida: Mom, you’ll never guess what I did today.
Elinor: Hmm?
Merida: I climbed the Crone’s Tooth and drank from the Fire Falls.
Fergus: Fire Falls? They say only the ancient kings were brave enough to drink the fire.
[Fergus laughs and winks at Merida, Elinor is distracted as she’s reading a letter]
Elinor: What did you do, dear?
[Merida is disappointed as Elinor hadn’t heard her story]
Merida: Nothing, mom.
[referring to Merida’s plate of desserts she’s brought to the dinner table]
Elinor: Hungry aren’t we?
Merida: Mom!
Elinor: You’ll get dreadful collywobbles. Oh, Fergus! Will you look at your daughter’s plate?
[Fergus looks as he’s about to take a bite from his large pile of food on his plate]


[referring to the letters that have just arrived]
Elinor: Fergus, they’ve all accepted.
Merida: Who’s accepted what, mother?
[Elinor turns to the triplets]
Elinor: Boys, you are excused.
[the triplets quickly make their exit]
Merida: What did I do now?
Elinor: Your father has something to discuss with you.
[surprised by this, Fergus suddenly spits out what he was drinking]
Elinor: Fergus?
[Fergus nervously clears his throat]
Fergus: Merida…
[Fergus hesitates, not knowing what to say]


Elinor: The lords are presenting their sons as suitors for your betrothal.
Merida: What?
Elinor: The clans have accepted!
Merida: Dad!
Fergus: What? I…you…she…Elinor!
Elinor: Honestly, Merida! I don’t know why you’re acting this way. This year each clan will present a suitor to compete in the games for your hand.
Merida: I’m the only princess that just does what she’s told!
Elinor: A princess does not raise her voice. Merida, this is what you’ve been preparing for your whole life.
Merida: No! What you’ve been preparing me for my whole life!
[Merida gets up in anger and starts to walk off]
Merida: I won’t go through with it! You can’t me!
Elinor: Merida!
[Merida angrily storms out of the Great Hall to her bedroom]
Fergus: Merida!
[Fergus gets up to go after her but knocks down the entire dinner table instead making the dogs attack the food]
Fergus: Boys!


[as Merida is striking her bedposts with her sword, Elinor enters]
Merida: Mother! Suitors! Marriage!
Elinor: Once there was an ancient kingdom.
Merida: Aah! Mom! Ancient kingdom!
Elinor: Its name long forgotten, ruled by a wise and fair king who was much beloved. And when he grew old he divided the kingdom among his four sons. That they should be the pillars on which their piece of land rested. But the oldest prince wanted to rule the land for himself, he followed his own path and the kingdom fell, from war and chaos and ruin.
Merida: [sarcastically] That’s a nice story.
Elinor: It’s not just a story, Merida. Legends are lessons and they ring with truths.
Merida: Ach, mom!
Elinor: I would advise you to make your peace with this. The clans are coming to present their suitors.
Merida: It’s not fair!
Elinor: Oh, Merida! It’s marriage, it’s not the end of the world.
[Elinor walks out of Merida’s room and Merida slams the door shut in anger]


[Elinor mutters to herself as she works on embroidering a tapestry of their family when Fergus walks in]
Fergus: You’re muttering.
Elinor: I don’t mutter.
Fergus: Aye, you do. You mutter, lass, when something’s troubling you.
Elinor: I blame you. Stubbornness is entirely from your side of the family.
Fergus: I take it the talk didn’t go too well.
Elinor: I don’t know what to do.
Fergus: Speak to her, dear.
Elinor: I do speak to her, she just doesn’t listen!
Fergus: Come on, now. Pretend I’m Merida. Speak to me. What would you say?
Elinor: I can’t do this!
Fergus: Sure you can.
[Elinor makes a face at him]
Fergus: There! There! That’s my queen! Right, here we go.
[he starts talking in a high pitched girlie voice, pretending to be Merida]
Fergus: I don’t want to get married! I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the glen, firing arrows into the sunset.
[Elinor decides to explain to Fergus what she wishes she could explain to Merida]
Elinor: Merida, all this work, all the time spent preparing you, schooling you, giving you everything we never had, I ask you, what do you expect us to do?


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Total Quotes: 62



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