10 August 2012 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pixar's new film, Brave, finally features a female lead. With the likes of Twilight and The Hunger Games also doing big box office, is Hollywood starting to wake up to what audiences want?

When Pixar's new animated adventure Brave reaches UK cinemas next week, even grumps like me, who feel the picture falls short of the studio's usual standard, will be cheering in the streets. The cause for celebration is the film's emphasis on the relationship between a young, assertive Scottish princess called Merida and her mother. The idea has long prevailed that a film's potential audience falls in inverse proportion to the main character's oestrogen levels, but this has been discredited by Brave, which has already grossed more than $340m. This year we have also seen the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novel The Hunger Games ($683m worldwide), and two popular spins on Snow White (Mirror, Mirror and »

- Ryan Gilbey

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