Pixar has had the Midas touch for over a decade. Every movie was a critical and commercial success up until Cars 2. Cars 2 was still a hit at the box office, but for the first time the reviews were less than stellar. And audiences expressed disappointment. Brave seems to be following in the footsteps of Cars 2. I'm sure it will be a hit. But the reviews are mixed and people don't seem to love it. I know my kids didn't. Personally, I was impressed with the high quality Pixar look, but the pacing of the story is way off. It's good, but not great. Definitely one of the weaker Pixar films. Based on their stellar track record, the Pixar name means something. Families will go to a Pixar movie without knowing anything about it because they trust the brand. This used to be true of Disney as well, but eventually Disney cheapened their brand name to the point where parents decided that it was okay to wait for Disney films to come out on video. For now, Pixar movies are still events. But I have to wonder for how much longer that will be the case. Brave strikes me as Pixar's Pocohantas or Hunchback. While not a bad film, it's chipping away at the brand's promise of excellence. Thoughts?