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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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Brenda Chapman (story by), Mark Andrews (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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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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Technical Specs

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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)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

One 14-person team of animators assigned to deal with duplicating the musculature in horses and Princess Merida's curly hair included six graduates of Brigham Young University's highly vaunted computer-animation program. See more »

Goofs

The scene where Merida's dress splits, and reveals her corset, while amusing, is inaccurate given the movie's apparent medieval setting (around the 10th century). Corsets didn't come into fashion until Elizabethan times, approximately 600 years after the movie's apparent setting. 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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Soundtracks

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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A quality change of fate for Pixar
17 June 2012 | by lovgrenaSee 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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