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Brave (2012)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  22 June 2012 (USA)
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Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.


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Complete credited cast:
Merida (voice)
Fergus (voice)
Elinor (voice)
The Witch (voice)
Lord Dingwall (voice)
Lord MacGuffin / Young MacGuffin (voice)
Lord Macintosh (voice)
Sally Kinghorn ...
Maudie (voice)
Eilidh Fraser ...
Maudie (voice)
Peigi Barker ...
Young Merida (voice)
Young Macintosh (voice)
Steve Purcell ...
The Crow (voice)
Callum O'Neill ...
Wee Dingwall (voice)
Martin (voice)
Gordon (voice)


Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Change your fate.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 June 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bear and the Bow  »

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Box Office


$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$66,323,594 (USA) (22 June 2012)


$237,282,182 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Merida's horse is named Angus, a common Scottish name, but also a possible allusion to a P.G. Wodehouse character named Angus McAllistor, a Glaswegian of described as "all the ingredients of a first-class mule simply thrown away." See more »


Angus seems to be a Shire or a Clydesdale, But neither of these breeds existed during the time period Brave was set in. See more »


[first lines]
Queen Elinor: Where are you? Come out! Come out! Come on out! I'm coming to get you!
Queen Elinor: [young Merida laughs as she hides under the table] Where are you, you little rascal? I'm coming to get you!
Queen Elinor: [Elinor looks under the table but Merida quickly moves to hide somewhere else] Hmm. Where is my little birthday girl, hm? I'm going to gobble her up when I find her!
Queen Elinor: [Merida comes up behind Elinor and goes to run away but Elinor catches her] Eat you!
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Crazy Credits

When Mor'du is killed towards the end of the film he turns into a will o' the wisp and we realise that they are the spirit of the dead. During the credits a will o' the wisp appears over the credit "dedicated with love and gratitude to Steve Jobs, our partner, mentor and friend." See more »


Into the Open Air
Music and Lyrics by Alex Mandel
Performed by Julie Fowlis
Produced by Jim Sutherland with Éamon Doorley and Julie Fowlis
Julie Fowlis and Éamon Doorley appear courtesy of Machair Records
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A quality change of fate for Pixar
17 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everything about Brave is different from the Pixar norm, save the unequaled attention to detail and quality.

The Disney-Pixar animated feature focuses on Princess Merida as she searches for a way to change her fate. In a journey of magic, adventure and family, the fiery Scot is launched into the ranks of the elite Disney princesses.

As odd and understandably foreign as the accents felt watching the early previews for the movie, the voice acting was executed following, creating very real characters that fit their animated molds perfectly. By the end of the movie, what once sounded foreign blended into the scenery and visuals to create a completely immersing environment.

In fact, amid the magic spells and tall tales of times gone by, it's the historical, Scottish feeling that made Marida's journey and transformation (and that of her mother) that much more tangible and familiar.

Underneath the folk-tale storyline lies the same life lessons that ring true for young and old. Though the movie heavily focuses on a mother- daughter relationship, it's not just for girls anymore than Mulan was. Merida is a true Disney princess, with gumption, heart and an uncanny connection with nature, but the story could have been told from a male perspective and rung just as true, making it easy to empathize with Pixar's first female lead.

As has been the case with almost every other one of their movies, the company has reinvented the standard for animated visuals. The environments are based on real Scottish landmarks, adding real depth to the story, and the colors are as bright as they are grounded, creating a wonderfully real world. Such visuals lend credence to the upcoming 3D re-release of Finding Nemo, though not much, but also show just how far the studio has come.

All of the elements put together, Brave is a different sort of movie than many were expecting. More focused on a single pair and their quest together, not to mention darker by far, the story of Merida was a leap of faith for the once small studio.

Many will have their doubts, left wanting another heart wrenching love story from Up or creative take on a beat to death genre like The Incredibles. That was never the purpose. Just as with every one of their award-winning films (Cars 2 notwithstanding), a new movie means a new chapter, new story and new style of film.

Taken for what it is, Brave is a remarkable step into a whole new style of movie, proving the creative teams at Pixar will continue to write their own fate.

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