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Brave (2012)

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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kelly Macdonald ... Merida (voice)
Billy Connolly ... Fergus (voice)
Emma Thompson ... Elinor (voice)
Julie Walters ... The Witch (voice)
Robbie Coltrane ... Lord Dingwall (voice)
Kevin McKidd ... Lord MacGuffin / Young MacGuffin (voice)
Craig Ferguson ... Lord Macintosh (voice)
Sally Kinghorn Sally Kinghorn ... Maudie (voice)
Eilidh Fraser Eilidh Fraser ... Maudie (voice)
Peigi Barker Peigi Barker ... Young Merida (voice)
Steven Cree ... Young Macintosh (voice)
Steve Purcell Steve Purcell ... The Crow (voice)
Callum O'Neill Callum O'Neill ... Wee Dingwall (voice)
Patrick Doyle ... Martin (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... Gordon (voice)
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Change your fate.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bear and the Bow See more »

Filming Locations:

Emeryville, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,323,594, 24 June 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$237,283,207

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$538,983,207
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Dolby Atmos | Datasat | Dolby Surround 7.1 | SDDS | Dolby Digital | D-Cinema 96kHz Dolby Surround 7.1 | D-Cinema 48kHz Dolby Surround 7.1 | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 96kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Pixar Animation Studios film to feature a female protagonist. Princess Merida is also the first Pixar character to be included in the official Disney Princess line. See more »

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In the falconry scene, one of the birds is a Harris's Hawk which is native to the Americas. See more »

Quotes

[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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The final credit is headed Production Babies and is followed by a list of 68 given names (including a set of twins) of children born to members of the production team during filming. See more »

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References Labyrinth (1986) See more »

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Touch the Sky
Music by Alex Mandel
Lyrics by Mark Andrews and 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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Mediocre and strictly by the Disney rule book
22 June 2012 | by Matthew ChristianSee all my reviews

I suffered through the endless parade of BRAVE trailers for months. So many months. I began to feel the movie had already come and gone. And the trailers told me the single most important thing about this movie: Pixar hired a crack team of PhD mathematicians, created 5 new fields of modeling mathematics, and bought 27 BlueGene supercomputers just to render the girl's hair.

The hair bounces. The hair swings. The hair toussles. The hair drops stray locks here and there. The hair compacts. The hair billows. The hair responds to the wind. The hair responds to momentum and interia. The hair responds to humidity. The hair reflects every known shade or "firey lass" red along with previously unknown shades the computers postulated and shades the human mind cannot grasp.

And the hair is wrapped around a familiar, mediocre, largely predictable story that you've seen several times before in several other "girls can do anything boys can do" movies and TV sitcom episodes.

Don't let Pixar's technical expertise and visual humor distract you from the cold hard truth that the underlying story is pretty pale. The visual styling is dazzling and inspiring, the attention to detail is mind-boggling. Pixar makes unprecedented use of technology to create a previously unseen richness of environment.

Which may explain why they had no energy left to craft a story you'd want to sit through.

You've seen each fundamental step of the story anywhere from a million to infinity-minus-one times before. Puberty-straddling girl wants to be a free spirit. Girl complains that NO ONE UNDERSTANDS HER. Girl uses various tricks and ruses to try to demonstrate she's capable but only demonstrates that she's impatient and devious. Girl resorts to a dirty trick to manipulate parents who JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND HER. The dirty trick back-fires and girl spends most of the rest of the movie trying to undo the harm she caused and mistakenly comes to the conclusion that cleaning up her mess proves she's as cool as she thought she was, and isn't a stubborn, willful, spiteful, selfish, manipulative, deceitful, self-absorbed little bitch, not even a little.

Remind you of an episode of "That's So Raven"? See BRAVE at a second-run dollar cinema. Or wait and see it on NetFlix.


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