Brave ef­fort falls short

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THE wide­spread be­lief that ‘‘ Pixar does not do av­er­age’’ no longer holds true now that Brave is upon us.

This mod­er­ately en­gag­ing, girls- only an­i­mated ad­ven­ture goes fairly enough by con­ven­tional car­toon­ing stan­dards.

How­ever, be­ing sim­ply bet­ter than the rest never used to be enough for Pixar Stu­dios, who are now of­fi­cially in their first rut af­ter last year’s dud, Cars 2.

In Brave, Kelly Mac­don­ald sup­plies the voice of Merida, a me­dieval Scot­tish princess who ac­ci­den­tally turns the of­fer of a magic wish into a beastly curse that blights her fa­ther’s king­dom.

Merida’s dad, Fer­gus, ( an en­joy­ably blus­tery turn by co­me­dian Billy Con­nolly) isn’t aware of his daugh­ter’s clanger, but her mother, Eli­nor ( Emma Thomp­son), most cer­tainly is. It was Merida’s blun­der that turned Eli­nor into a big, bad bear.

And it is Merida alone, of course, who holds the key to un­do­ing the freaky spell.

Merida is a well thought- out char­ac­ter who, like the new Snow White, is not afraid of a scrap and is more than handy with an old- fash­ioned weapon or two.

As ex­pected, Brave’s pro­duc­tion val­ues and voice ta­lent are first- class, how­ever, the sto­ry­telling of­ten plods.

The ‘‘ wow’’ fac­tor as­so­ci­ated with Pixar clas­sics, such as Find­ing Nemo, Up and WALL- E is con­spic­u­ously ab­sent. Nice enough, but not es­sen­tial. Im­por­tant note: The 3D ver­sion of Brave is a touch un­der- il­lu­mi­nated.

Un­less you’re happy with pay­ing more to see less, look for cin­e­mas show­ing the su­pe­rior 2D ver­sion.

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