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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  »

Filming Locations:


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brenda Chapman based Merida on her own daughter while Elinor was loosely based on herself. See more »


During the rock-climbing/waterfall sequence, the circling birds sound like red-tailed hawks which are native to North America. 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

After the credits, the crow arrives to deliver all the wood carvings Merida bought. See more »


References Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) See more »


Noble Maiden Fair
Music by Patrick Doyle
Lyrics by Patrick Neil Doyle
Performed by Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker
Gaelic translation by Donald MacLeod
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Great Animation, not so great story
25 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Animation is spectacular, great setting in the Scottish Highlands. Voice acting is above par. However, this movie is not among the top Pixar films, by far. I felt the sickening presence of Disney all over the film -- weird politically correct preaching, overdone action scenes, and generally random and weird plot.

The story is really disappointing. What exactly makes her 'BRAVE'?? They should have named the movie 'PETULANT'. She's selfish, and the entire plot is about how she can get out of the results of her selfishness while remaining selfish. The magic feels out of place, lots of wasted scenes, and the whole bear thing was just plain annoying after a while.

Not a lot of funny moments, and generally boring! I was really looking forward to this movie, and I did not like it.

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