We took Elizabeth to the first showing of Brave today. She was really excited. We found a Brave book at the store that we took to Mexico with us, so we already knew the plot. Since we knew (tiny spoiler alert) that there were going to be scary bears, we talked to Elizabeth ahead of time about what we could do to not be scared.
All on her own, she declared that we could shoot arrows at the bears and that would scare them away. (She has been studying previews and all available Merida information like she expects it to be on the SATs, so she knew all about Merida shooting arrows.) She asked us several times to get her the pink arrow from the store. Eventually Matt figured out that she meant the bow and arrow set that they had seen at Toys R Us a few weeks ago and this morning, he took her to Target (sold out at TRU) and found it there on sale.
Obviously, she had to take it into the movies with her.
She also had her Merida doll. She did find the scary bears to be scary, but she just climbed up on my lap and we shot pretend arrows at them with her real bow until they went away. She declared that the movie was “GREAT” after it was over, but has also mentioned that Merida was scared of the bears.
(If you have a particularly sensitive kid, I would skip this one in the theaters. The scary parts weren’t particularly long, but they were way up there on the scary level. Elizabeth has always been very tough/ignorant of scary parts in movies so I thought she’d be able to handle it. The only part of a movie we’ve had to consistently fast forward because she was scared of it was the scene in Toy Story 2 when Woody is cleaned by the toy repairman. And I think you will all agree with me in saying “what???!? THAT scares you when you are fine with monsters and wolves and such in other movies?”)
After the movie, she “hid” in the “woods” so she could look for bears like Merida.
And then we ran errands, protected by Merida and her bow.