Regarding the anon who compared HTTYD and Brave just now, I have to admit they are right at some points and I think you missed some of the points he made. HTTYD and Brave do have similar aspects, it's not about being male or female, or being base on the same region or not, it's about Merida's and Hiccup's character from the inside and the fact that they're dealing with unusual creatures, be they bears or dragons. (cont.)
(cont.) REGARDLESS, I still think the two movies don’t look alike as much as people say. I honestly doubt they will with the same theme. As they put it, this IS Pixar we are talking about and they’re not stupid to try to parasite on HTTYD’s succes for their own. They’ve never done so in the past with any animation studios and I have a hard time believing they will now. Pixar may have a great animation, but I think their best trait is the originality of their works.
I doubt Brave will fail in that category. I’m a huge Pixar fan and not exactly a Dreamworks one, but I did like their recent work (Monsters vs Aliens, HTTYD and Megamind were brilliant). I think comparing the two studios is a bit over the top. They are different and always present different movies with different themes and characters. So HTTYD and Brave have a similar looking scenario. Big deal. If so we should probably compare it to Avatar and the mythical forest and creatures as well.
I understand and can see why people compare Brave with How To Train Your Dragon, yes and I get their points but they also shouldn’t come to conclusion or take assumption that Brave is going to be The next How To Train Your Dragon nor should they end it with the fact that Brave’s plot is How To Train Your Dragon just because they’re reminded of the comparisons.
Yes, there are some similar aspects. And I do agree with you with your points of them not looking alike or having the same theme. I do enjoy Pixar’s originality. Not to say I don’t like Dreamworks…I love How to Train Your Dragon to bits! It just bothers me that people are comparing these two films when Brave isn’t even out yet. People need to not judge a book by its cover. Brave will never be HtTYD and HtTYD will never be Brave.
HTTYD is like Brave because you have a scrawny or otherwise different looking main character that is some sort of social outcast or non-social norm going against all odds and breaking the stereotypes. They both go against their parents advice to (at first) kill some kind of creature. Doing the impossible, becoming well known heroes. Also take in the accents, old setting, and that they both have to do with original lore? They do have common themes. I'd elaborate more but I'm out of characters.
“And, adding onto my HTTYD comparison note, I’m not saying it’s a BAD thing. That movie was great, and I know Brave will be, too. The companies just have history that I’m pointing out. I’m not saying it’ll be a cheap knock off. This IS Pixar we’re talking about. I know in the end the movie will be great as their films always are. I just wish they weren’t so close together, that’s all. So no need to punch me, that was a bit harsh. I’m on your side! Just pointing out things I’ve noticed, that’s all”
Yes, I’m not REALLY gonna go around punching people. I wish I could, but I’ll most likely attack them like a rabid squirrel. That’s more my style. ANYWAY. I’m sorry, but I really got ticked off by this. I mean REALLY. I feel like Brave is my baby and I must protect it. yesiamweird. (and anon, don’t feel like I’m attacking you individually. I’m really glad you sent this continued part to your original confession. So don’t hate me :c I feel likes others should know this stuff.) But still, there are several DIFFERENCES between these two films that people must be educated on.
Brave: Female main character. Princess. No love interest that we know of. Suitors. Bears. Triplet brothers. Archery. Scotland. Tenth century. Magic. Need I go on?
HtTYD: Male main character. Chiefs son. Likes Astrid. No suitors. Dragons. No siblings. No archery. Nordic region. Not the tenth century. No magic.
Let’s not forget that Brave is NOT going to be really about fitting in, but is about Merida’s relationship with her mother. We’re not training mythical beasts here. So yes, Merida is a princess who enjoys archery. Hiccup is a chief’s son and he just wants to fit in with other people and not be made fun of. Merida wants to not get married and be with her horse to practice archery in the highlands. Two different stories. So, Hiccup wants to kill a dragon to prove himself. Brave has bears that are not mythical creatures. Merida isn’t slaying beasts because she wants to prove something to someone, as far as we know. She just wants to be independent.
And with accents and setting… Let’s see. Vikings are not Scottish. They are not from Scotland. They are from the Nordic region. In the film they have those Scottish accents for…who knows why. Brave is set in Scotland in the TENTH CENTURY. Each character is Scottish and doesn’t have a random American accent thrown in there for their young characters. Nope. Alllllll authentic in Brave. Brave is an ORIGINAL Pixar story and HtTYD is based off a book.
Please, let’s NOT jump to conclusions. These are two different movies from two different studios. Dreamworks does NOT equal Pixar, and Pixar does NOT equal Dreamworks. People, please get your facts straight before you start judging and comparing things. It’s unfair to not give Pixar a chance to show you these are two completely different films.
All we know about Brave is the little bits of info and short trailers they’ve given us. Let’s wait until Brave is actually IN THEATERS before we judge anything!!
So yeah, this is for the people who aren’t impressed with the trailers and going around saying it’s already Pixar’s version of How To Train Your Dragon, Mulan (Scottish/Irish Mulan as well), and/or Tangled, yeah, let me explain some things here, or rather educate you, people who are ignorant/blind to make assumptions and/or conclusions regarding the Brave trailer. I will sound biased, rude, and opinionated but for those who know me, I tend to let this side come out when I’m upset and right now, I’m upset.
I even made an essay-like rant about it. So if you’re bored, you can read it but if you don’t want to, ignore it, simple as that.
I think Brave is ripping off of How to Train Your Dragon. For a long time Disney and Dreamworks have been ripping off of each other, and now Pixar's hopped on board. These two movies have a lot in common. Think about it - it's disappointing. I'm sue it'll be a good movie.. but really Pixar? Really?
I’ve been hearing a lot how people are comparing Brave to Mulan, Tangled, How to Train Your Dragon…even that Skyrim videogame.
Here’s what I have to say: THOSE COMPARISONS ARE STUPID AND EACH PERSON THAT COMPARES THEM SHALL RECEIVE MANY PUNCHES IN THE FACE BY ME. Okay, that’s a little drastic. But I honestly don’t see how Pixar is “ripping off” HtTYD. They are two different movies from two different companies that have nothing to do with each other. Look, I love HtTYD, but I don’t see the similarities that could consider it a rip-off. Scottish accents and slightly similar clothes? Uhhhh…okay. I may be missing something, but I still don’t see the “rip off” part of all this.
And here’s the thing: If Brave came out before HtTYD, I’m sure people would be all, “Oh, HtTYD is such a rip off of Brave!”