- Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell
- Based on the novel: no
- Cast (voices): Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connelly, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters
- Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
- Kelly Macdonald – Harry Potter, The Decoy Bride, No Country for Old Men, Nanny McPhee, Tristram Shandy, The Girl in the Café, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Finding Neverland, Gosford Park, My Life So Far, Elizabeth, Trainspotting
- Emma Thompson – The Love Punch, Beautiful Creatures, Harry Potter, The Boat that Rocked, An Education, Last Chance Harvey, Brideshead Revisited, Stranger than Fiction, Nanny McPhee, Angels in America, Love Actually, Wit, The Winter Guest, Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Much Ado about Nothing, Peter’s Friends, Howards End, Dead Again, Impromptu, Henry V, Fortunes of War, Tutti Frutt
- Billy Connelly – Quartet, X Files I Want to Believe, White Oleander, Third Rock from the Sun, Mrs Brown
- Robbie Coltrane – Harry Potter, From Hell, Henry V, Black Adder, Tutti Frutti, Absolute Beginners
- Julie Walters – Brooklyn, The Hollow Crown, Harry Potter, Mamma Mia, Becoming Jane, Driving Lessons, Wah-Wah, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot, Titanic Town, Intimate Relations, Prick Up Your Ears, Educating Rita
- Why? many good voices
- Seen: 17 February 2018
Merida (Macdonald’s voice) is a Celtic princess with a wild mop of bright red hair, unerring success with the bow and arrow and a burning desire for freedom. Her mother Queen Elinor (Thompson’s voice) insists she behave like a proper princess and that she marry one of the wooing lords. Major protests but the queen prevails. At the gathering of the Four Clans the three first-born sons are presented as rivalling suitors who must compete in games to win Merida’s hand. She cleverly claims to also be first-born, chooses archery for the competition and easily wins her own hand. Her mother the queen is outraged. Merida runs away and magic starts happening. She meets a witch (Walters’s voice).
It’s a clever fairy tale with a twist. And those voice cast their very own spell.
3* of 5