This post will have the official information from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures regarding “Brave,” Pixar Animation Studios’ 13th Feature-Length Animated Film to be released June 22, 2012. “Brave” is an epic adventure chock-full of action, humor and heart,” says director Mark Andrews. “There’s no more perfect setting for this powerful tale than the dark and rugged Scottish Highlands. Imagine: magic, mystery and danger—all set within a haunting and beautiful landscape. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before from Pixar.”
Update: August 21, 2012
Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 13, 2012.
Click here for all the details on bonus features and pricing.
With a courageous and impetuous heroine leading the way, Disney•Pixar sets out on yet another extraordinary journey—this time across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland in “Brave.” The big-screen adventure–the 13th feature-length animated film from Pixar Animation Studios—is directed by Mark Andrews (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “John Carter of Mars”) and Brenda Chapman (“The Lion King,” “Prince of Egypt”), and produced by Katherine Sarafian (“Lifted,” “The Incredibles”).
From Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures:
The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop for BRAVE, a new tale that joins the land’s ancient lore—stories of epic battles and mystical legends passed down for generations. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, BRAVE is the grand adventure of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer who confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts to discover the true meaning of courage. The film also features the voices of Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane. BRAVE, full of heart, memorable characters and Pixar’s signature humor, takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
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Update: July 5, 2012
Disney•Pixar filmmakers love to insert hidden gems or “Easter Eggs” into their films: WALL•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo Jr. ball can be seen in the girl’s bedroom as Carl Fredricksen’s house flies by her window. Brave also features a few such gems, two of which are revealed in the images below (click on images for a closer look).
The Witch, an eccentric crone disguised as a woodcarver specializing in whittling wooden bear figurines and conjuring haphazard spells, showcases her mysterious and inexplicable knowledge of the future with a carved figurine of the infamous Pizza Planet truck, an iconic delivery vehicle that’s appeared in nearly every full-length feature film from Pixar Animation Studios since 1995’s Toy Story.
A carving of Sulley, the lovable blue monster slated to return to the big screen in 2013’s Monsters University, appears on a piece of wood in the home of the Witch, an eccentric crone and woodcarver in Disney•Pixar’s epic action adventure Brave, in theaters now.
Update: June 27, 2012
Walt Disney Studios provided additional information about the beautiful and mysterious wisps and their role in Scottish folklore. Click here for a clip and more information highlighting the wisps.
Update: June 17, 2012
Walt Disney Studios released a set of family activity sheets including mazes, games, cutout play sets and more. To download the sheets, click here.
Update: June 15, 2012
George Gensler attended an advanced screening of Disney/Pixar’s “Brave” for Adventures by Daddy, and submitted this spoiler free review. Click here for her thoughts on Pixar’s 13th animated feature film that opens nationwide on Friday, June 22nd.
Update: June 15, 2012
Walt Disney Studios shared a special Father’s Day video for all the Dads from Disney/Pixar’s “Brave.”
Update: June 10, 2012
Behind-the-scenes featurette released for “Brave.”
Update: June 7, 2012
Warning! Side effects of this video may include belching, runny nose, excess hair, incoherence, mild rash, and increased appetite.
Update: June 4, 2012
The filmmakers for Disney/Pixar’s “Brave” drew inspiration for the story from reality. Click here to read the behind-the-scenes details on the creation of Disney/Pixar’s Brave direct from the film’s directors, Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman.
Update: May 31, 2012
Clip titled “Advice to Elinor” released for Disney/Pixar’s “Brave.”
Update: May 29, 2012
Walt Disney Studios shared two traditional Scottish recipes, click here to make your Scotch Eggs and Cullen Skink.
Update: May 28, 2012
If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably already seen the trailer for “Brave” titled “The Prize.” However, you may not have seen it quite like this – Walt Disney Studios released the storyboard drawings for the trailer. Click here to check them out and compare them to the finished film sequence.
Update: May 23, 2012
Walt Disney Studios released details on the soundtrack for “Brave.” The music of the film will feature the “sounds of the ancient Scottish Highlands” with Scotland born Oscar®-Nominated Composer Patrick Doyle, plus Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis and UK folk rock band Mumford & Sons with Birdy. Click here for more details.
Update: May 22, 2012
Royalty Records presents “Freedom Broch” – 19 of the greatest bagpipe hits of all time including: “Free Bear” & “Ick Me Haggis.”
Update: May 19, 2012
Clip released for “Brave” titled “Fergus Shares a Legend.” And please remember, a Princess does not place her weapons on the table.
Update: May 16, 2012
Take a closer look at the Lords and their Sons in these character sketches and concept drawings.
Update: May 11, 2012
Special Mother’s Day spot released for “Brave.”
Update: May 9, 2012
Video released titled “Kilt” by Ruff McLauren – “What Makes a Man Feel Like a Man?”
Update: May 8, 2012
Character poses and concept art released for “Brave” featuring Harris, Hubert and Hamish (the Triplets).
Update: May 7, 2012
Character poses and concept art released for “Brave” including King Fergus and Queen Elinor.
Update: April 26, 2012
Spot for “Brave” takes on the NFL Draft. When it comes to a Draft, who better to consult than a Scotsman in a kilt?
Update: April 25, 2012
Disney/Pixar released the trailer “Families Legend” and stills for “Brave” – if you had the chance to change your fate, would you?
Update: April 20, 2012
Disney/Pixar released a film still of Merida from “Brave.”
Update: April 11, 2012
Disney/Pixar released this clip for “Brave” called “Brave Stories: Merida” to go along with the character descriptions and concept art for “Merida” and “Angus” her horse.
MERIDA (Voice of Kelly Macdonald)
Passionate and fiery, Merida is a headstrong teenager of royal upbringing who is struggling to take control of her own destiny. She feels most at home in the outdoors honing her impressive athletic skills as an archer and swordfighter, and racing across the magnificent Highland countryside with her faithful horse, Angus. With a spirit as vibrant as her untamed hair, Merida also has a softness of heart, especially when it comes to her wee triplet brothers. As the daughter of the King and Queen, her life is weighted with responsibilities and expectations, causing her to yearn to preserve her freedom and independence. When Merida blatantly defies an ancient tradition, the consequences of her actions prove disastrous for the kingdom. She must race against time to make right the result of her reckless behavior, her journey compelling her to look inside to discover the meaning of bravery and reveal her true fate.
Black as night with ivory muzzle and fetlocks, Angus is Merida’s powerful Clydesdale and her most trusted confidant. Angus is Merida’s escape from castle life into the deep forest and the highlands beyond. Merida target shoots from her perch on his broad back and is able to coax him into one adventure after another. Angus can be balky, stubborn and faint-hearted at times, but is ultimately a devoted and faithful friend to Merida.
Brave concept art by Shading Art Director Tia Kratter and Character Art Director Matt Nolte. A drawing of Merida in her informal dress created to define what the character’s dress will generally look like. Merida wears this dress everyday and was designed for her to move easily and comfortably. Shading Art Director Tia Kratter wanted the dress to be heavy and textured linen. ©2012 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Update: April 6, 2012
King Fergus and the Triplets from Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” celebrate the Scottish holiday of Tartan Day.
You can join in on the celebration by clicking here.
Update: April 4, 2012
Walt Disney Studios released a set of four character banners for “Brave.” Click here to see all four posters.
Update: February 28, 2012
Trailer for “Brave” titled “The Prize” released.
Update February 15, 2011
Still and clip released from Pixar’s Oscar nominated short, “La Luna,” that will premiere in front of “Brave” — in US theaters June 22.
Update November 29, 2011
Another crop of images released for Disney/Pixar’s “Brave”
Update November 16, 2011
Official trailer released for Disney/Pixar’s “Brave”
Update October 24, 2011
“La Luna” will be the short released along with Disney/Pixar’s “Brave”
Directed by Enrico Casarosa
Produced by Kevin Reher
La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions? Total Run Time: 6:53
Director / Head of Story
Pixar Animation Studios
Enrico Casarosa joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 2002. He began working as a story artist on “Cars” and the Academy Award®-winning feature “Ratatouille.” Casarosa’s next project was as story artist on Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning feature film, “Up.” Most recently, Casarosa made his directing debut with the short film, “La Luna.” Currently, Casarosa is working as head of story on an upcoming Pixar film.
As a story artist, Casarosa creates visual sequences from the script. Story artists also generate new ideas and gags, and provide feedback regarding the plot, characters and overall story of the film. With help from story artists, the film’s director finds the story they want to tell and the best cinematographic way to tell it.
Casarosa found early influences in Hayao Miyazaki’s work and grew up watching Miyazaki’s television series in Italy. Born and raised in Genoa, Casarosa moved to New York City in his twenties, to study animation at the School of Visual Arts and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Before coming to Pixar, Casarosa worked as a storyboard artist at Blue Sky Studios on “Ice Age” and “Robots.” He also worked as a background designer and storyboard artist for a number of Disney Channel Television Series’ including “101 Dalmatians” and “PB&J Otters.”
Casarosa lives in San Francisco, California with his wife Marit and their little daughter Fio Giulietta.
Update August 28, 2011
On August 20, Filmmakers Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian were joined by actors Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd to present footage from Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” at the D23 Expo.
Update June 30, 2011
Another view of Merida (voice by Kelly Macdonald)
Update June 28, 2011
Closeup look at Merida from Disney/Pixar’s “BRAVE” from the film’s first “teaser” trailer.
Update June 28, 2011:
First poster released for “BRAVE”
Update March 30, 2011:
The film features Kelly Macdonald as the voice of Merida, a skilled archer and the 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.
Merida Takes Off