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Disney Pixar Brave Movie Theater: Storybook and Movie Projector Hardcover – May 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Movie Theater
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest; Act Nov Ha edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794425526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794425524
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CKE TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2012
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The Brave Storybook is a fun way to expand the "Brave" movie going experience. The storybook is both well-written wonderfully illustrated - not that you would expect anything less from a Disney/Pixar inspired storybook.

A few notes

- The story of Brave is maybe be slightly scary for small children - our 2 year old enjoys the book and projector, but she doesn't really *get it*

- The movie projector is a lot of fun - our daughter loves it - maybe a little too much, since she has left it on a couple of nights.

- The projector uses non-standard batteries - instead it uses LR44 (pin type batteries). They are not expensive, but it is a little more difficult to find at your local store.

- Be careful not to rip the plastic "reel" holder off the book - since this will cause the book to rip.

- The projector is reasonably bright - please remember that it looks dim in the video because the batteries were weak.

Final Verdict - The Brave Storybook is a fun addition to any child who enjoyed "Brave". My only complaints are that the packaging is too difficult to open and that it uses non-standard batteries.

4 1/2 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on June 9, 2012
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Projector: The projector could have been improved a little by having some sort of strap or top-loading feature for the projector reels. As is, they're going to fall out every few seconds unless you're holding a finger there. If a small child's meant to operate the thing, it might not work out so hot. That said, the idea of the projector is very cool. I wish it worked with something like a AA or AAA battery.

*** mild spoiler alert ***
Story: Merida's a headstrong Scottish princess who learns a little about love, duty, and family. Typical Disney storyline, and I'm sure Pixar did a lovely job with the animation. The author did a decent job in summarizing the movie down to key elements. The book illustrations are also very well done. I would echo other reviewers in saying that the actual story is probably meant for a target audience of 6-12. Too young and the kids might try to sample the reels as chips. I'm guessing they could be a choking hazard to 3-4 yr olds.
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Well I thought my kids would love this product and they did, but no fault of the book and the projector, but my children tore it to peaces the very first day they had it. I have three and even my seven year old ripped it apart and used the enclosed disc as darts to throw at his sisters. Anyway, back to the product, the story was engaging, with beautiful illustrations and the movie did what it was suppose to do, but you know kids.
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This book is a brief retelling of the Brave movie. It does a good job of recapping the movie, is decently written, and has beautiful full color pictures. I actually got this book through Amazon Vine to review before the movie released and it follows with the movie really well.

The projector is a neat idea but it is pretty cheap. You just slide the plastic disks inserted with images in front of the projector light. You have to manually turn the disks and there isn't a place to store the disks on the projector. My 5 year old son played with the projector for about 10 minutes, looked at all the different pics and then decided it was boring and hasn't picked it up since. We also lost most of the picture disks within a couple days; there isn't a place to store them on the projector and they don't stay back on the book very well either.

My only additional comment is that having the projector on top of the book makes it hard to fit on a book shelf.

Overall a very nice picture book it does an excellent job of retelling the story in the movie and is full of beautiful high color pictures. The projector is an interesting idea, but didn't really hold my sons interest. It's very cheaply constructed and easy to loose pieces of it.
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Having taken our daughter to see Brave, this book makes a very nice compliment to the movie.

The book itself is high quality, with extremely well colored illustrations, and is probably a must-have for any young Brave fan.

The projector, on the other hand, is kind of dumb. Getting it to focus is a bit of a chore for an adult, and almost out of the question for younger children. There's no sort of battery saving timer (which, all things being equal, would cost about two or three cents to add in scaled production) and the image quality on fresh batteries with proper focus is still pretty dismal.

Fortunately, the projector doesn't add much to the story, and it's so boring, your kids probably won't care once the battery is dead or by the time all of the discs have gone missing.
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This is a neat little movie tie in book, which my daughter has genuinely enjoyed, but the projector/reels are cheap and difficult to use. Moreover, they are constantly popping out and are too dim to use with the book. Ultimately the idea is fun, but the execution is poor.

Jake Mohlman
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This book is a short and well edited version of the new Disney hit, Brave. The illustrations are cute and the story makes more sense than many film to book adaptations that are edited down to an easy reader level. The trouble I have is with the small attached projector. The toy works ok, but only in close to total darkness. I found it very frustrating trying to read the text and use the projector to show the appropriate accompanying screen shots at the right time in the story. My daughter ended up suggesting that we read in the darkened basement with a flashlight, and that is actually what ended up working out best. We could shine the light on the page to see the words, then cast the images from the projector onto the ceiling.
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