- Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, Billy Connolly, Craig Ferguson
- Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
- Writers: Brenda Chapman, Irene Mech
- Producer: Katherine Sarafian
- Executive Producer: John Lasseter
- Editor: Nicholas C. Smith
- Music: Patrick Doyle
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In "Brave," a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.
Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late.
Directed by Mark Andrews ("The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "John Carter") and Brenda Chapman ("The Lion King," "Prince of Egypt"), and produced by Katherine Sarafian ("Lifted," "The Incredibles"), "Brave" is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Production Companies: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
2012 Guide Analysis: "This marks Pixar's first non-sequel since 2009's "Up" and it first film since the profitable debacle that was "Cars 2" which pretty much shattered what was previously unblemished record of critical acclaim.
Thankfully what we have here looks far more promising, a Grimm-style fairy tale said to be "darker and more mature" than their previous films. The 10th century Scottish Highland setting has resulted in some luscious looking CG vistas, while we not only have Pixar's first female main protagonist but a full on ginger too.
The story involves a feisty young princess setting out to discover true bravery to undo a curse on the kingdom. Part adventure, part coming of age tale - the trailers show Pixar are changing things up, offering a tale less obvious about melting your heart than delivering a proper epic and grown up story that stands on its own. I rarely get excited for this genre anymore, even Pixar films, but I am for this."