Posted by Cassandra T. in Brave, Movie Reviews, Necklaces, Updates on February 3, 2015
Hello! I am back in Singapore and enjoying the warm weather again, after the winter cold in North Carolina! I hope everyone has been doing well at the start of the New Year! In Singapore, our New Year celebrations go on for a while because we celebrate Chinese New Year too, which is the turn of the year according to the Chinese calendar. It falls on the 19th of February this year, so I’m looking forward to another New Year celebration soon!
Two weeks ago, I launched Merida’s necklace from the Pixar movie Brave. This is not something I usually do – create a design piece from an older movie. It’s been 3 years since Pixar launched the movie Brave, but over the past year, I actually received many fan requests to make this necklace!
I watched Brave when it first came out in 2012, and I loved Merida, the unorthodox princess. From her unruly ginger curls to her independent, defiant attitude, it was such a refreshing change from the usual meek, damsel-in-distress princesses we were so used to seeing on screen.
I also loved how instead of focusing on a prince and Happily Ever After, Brave focused on the relationship between Merida and her family; in particular her mom, Queen Elinor. Even within a family, all is not always hunky-dory just because they have blood ties, and I felt it was about time animated films reflected that. Judging by Brave’s success, I’m sure a lot of people out there felt the same way!
In the movie, Queen Elinor gives a beautiful necklace to Merida to wear at the clan gathering. It is the same necklace that Queen Elinor wears in the prologue, implying that it is a family heirloom. Merida later uses the necklace to bargain with the witch to make a spell that will change her fate.
Seeing the witch’s eyes gleam when Merida took the necklace out, I expected more significance with the necklace, perhaps holding a secret or even being magical. Unfortunately, it didn’t show up again after the witch took it, and I soon forgot about it too.
While Pixar usually doesn’t do sequels, Brave is one of those stories which I hope they will do a sequel to. And perhaps in Brave 2, they will bring the necklace back and tell its backstory!
Also, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the necklace features a design of bears. Merida’s three little brothers, including her mom got turned into bears when her spell went into effect. It seems like the royal family has some significant ties to bears. Hopefully this will be addressed if they make Brave 2! P.S. Here is what Brave’s co-director has to say about a sequel.
Whether there’s a sequel or not, it’s clear that Brave is a great tale that resonates with both young and old, and will likely become a classic in years to come. I leave you with the most memorable quote from Merida: “Some say fate is beyond our command, but I know better. Our destiny is within us. You just have to be brave enough to see it.“
Merida’s necklace can be purchased HERE.