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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 Macintosh (voice)
Sally Kinghorn ...
Maudie (voice)
Eilidh Fraser ...
Maudie (voice)
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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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pixar movie-makers created the family tapestry using a technology that allowed them to create billions of individual threads. See more »


Merida's bow appears to be a double recurved self-wood type such as was used in the Great Plains area of North America during the 19th century. She also carries a quiver. Neither of these were used in any part of medieval Britain; bows were always self-wood (made of a single piece of timber) made without re-curves, while arrows for immediate use were carried tucked into the belt. At one point Merida carries an arrow in her mouth in order to follow up very quickly with a second shot - this was typical of native Americans of the Plains when hunting on horseback and in warfare. There are historic photographs by Edward Curtis of Plains warriors using this technique. It is definitely not recorded in medieval Scotland or elsewhere in Britain. See more »


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

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


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.72 (2013) See more »


Song of Mor du
Music by Patrick Doyle
Lyrics by Patrick Doyle and Steve Purcell
Performed by Billy Connolly and Cast
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User Reviews

A Visual Feast and a Solid Pixar Film
20 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brave is a beautiful and moving new fairy tale that fits seamlessly into the genre; Princess Merida is a wonderfully multi-facted heroine; the film shapes itself around problems that are familiar and understandable and will be well-understood and appreciated by kiddos and parents alike; the supporting characters that are given the most attention are well-crafted (but too bad for those others that fall by the wayside). The visual effects are flawless, in my opinion, the best if all Pixar films.

Brave is at its best when it's smartly and charmingly changing what we think think a Disney Princess can be, but it wavers when it tries to somehow reinvent the Pixar wheel. The film lacks the trademark Pixar wit we've come to expect from the animation studio's productions, and some humor feels shoe-horned in for the sake of having some laughs; the directorial kerfuffle that took place in the middle of production is not overwhelmingly obvious, but there is a distinct laugh of singular vision driving the film and its tone wavers throughout.

It may not live up to the incredible standards of the Pixar brand, but Brave offers young audiences a lot of entertainment and adventure. Highly Recommended.


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