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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

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)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on Elinor's hairstyle (two knee-length braids bound in ribbons), this film appears to take places around the 12th century. Taking that into account, Merida's hairstyle is appropriate; unmarried women had their hair long and unbound during this time. See more »

Goofs

In the shooting competition, when Merida shoots her own arrow, the slow motion sequence shows that the arrow traces a small damage to her cheek. In the next scene in the castle the damage is gone again. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Arrow: Brotherhood (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The CGI was incredible!
21 June 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I must admit that "Brave" is not among my favorite Pixar films, I was totally blown away by the computer graphics. To some extent this is to be expected--as years pass, the CGI is bound to get better and better. But it's more than that--the textures, colors and depth were all incredible and I was in love with the animation throughout.

As far as the story goes, it was a mixed bag. While I was thrilled to see a Pixar film with female leads AND featuring a mother-daughter relationship, the story itself seemed a bit shallow and flat. It wasn't bad, but never hit that emotional spot within that you'd find in "Up" or "Toy Story 3". Now this isn't to say it's bad---it just isn't among the very best of the studio and is STILL well worth seeing. It's especially nice to see a FEMALE protagonist--and one who does NOT need to be rescued by a prince! Incidentally, my daughter and her friend loved the film--and my bet is that girls would generally prefer this film but it's a lot of fun for everyone.

By the way, there is a cute inside joke in the film in which they mention someone being out of town at the "Wicker Man" ceremony! This could be a reference to the wonderful 1970s film (see this one--not the remake) or to the actual ancient ceremony. I actually had no idea that this was a real event until dlwagner sent me an email informing me of this--but I certainly did NOT expect to hear them talking about it in "Brave".


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