‘Brave’ Trailer: Pixar’s Epic Princess Tale

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Brave Trailer Brave Trailer: Pixars Epic Princess Tale

The last few summer movie seasons have only offered Pixar sequels (Toy Story 3 and Cars 2) but in the summer of 2012, the revered animation studio is going to be getting back to what it arguably does best: providing audiences of all ages with smart, fun, imaginative original stories – this time in the form of their celtic princess tale, Brave

Today, we have the official Brave trailer to share, and it looks like yet another solid entry into Pixar’s long track record of accomplishments.

The story of Brave is a mix of coming-of-age wisdom, magic, and epic adventure, as detailed in the official synopsis below:

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida (Kelly Macdonald of Boardwalk Empire fame) is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).

Now check out the visually splendid trailer for Brave:


This film seeks to do what Disney’s well-received film Tangled did before it: usher the classic princess fairytale into the modern age, via a heroine who is less ‘damsel in distress’ and more free spirited, independent and rambunctious. It’s good to hear actual Scottish actors like Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd (HBO’s Rome), Craig Ferguson and Billy Connolly (Boondock Saints) being used to bring these Celtic characters to life – as opposed to American or English actors trying mimic the unequivocal Scottish brogue.

In terms of visuals: Brave‘s creation of medieval Scottish lands looks impeccable and visually gorgeous to see. Case in point: the sweeping shot of that castle on the hillside. The characters look like fun cartoonish humanoid designs, and princess Merida’s (and her siblings’) fiery red hair is an impressive character all its own. The green landscapes and various animals featured in the trailer are also well rendered.

The only thing that this trailer could’ve done better was to give us an actual sense of what the story is about – on the whole, it doesn’t tell us much more than what the synopsis and teaser trailer did. Then again, with the recent trend of trailers that have revealed too much information about an upcoming movie, maybe less is better…

Be sure to check out some recent Brave images to see more of the character designs.

Brave will be in theaters on June 22, 2012

Source: Disney/Pixar


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  1. Hope this is a return to form, it looks okay. Thanks for posting guys.

  2. Time and again it’s the same comments when a Pixar trailer premieres…

    “I’m not sure”

    “It looks alright”

    “I don’t know about this one”

    … and every time the movie is a masterpiece.

    Pixar is one of the those studios that makes movies so good that the trailers can’t do their stories justice. I said the same thing about Ratatouille and Wall-e and those two films are just fantastic.

    Only time will tell… but odds are Pixar will come through and this will be yet another gorgeously mind blowing feather in their cap.

    • cars, cars2, wall-e was meh, and UP was meh also. Just saying

      • Ill give you cars and cars 2, but Wall-E and Up were excellent movies.

        • Gotta agree with Ojex. Wall-E was great and Up is Pixar’s masterpiece IMO.

      • Really Wall-e and Up were ok?? Thats a first.

        • Wall-e was such a wonderfull Movie,Up was ok as well !
          Really,u gotta watch them with open eyes next time ! ;)

        • Cars, Cars 2 and Up were not so good IMO, but WalL-e was great and all the others.
          I want Incredibles 2 and Monsters Inc. 2.

  3. I can’t wait to see this!!!

    Erm… I mean, my kids can’t wait to see this!! XD

  4. Well, I’m pretty sure it’ll end up being a good movie, and the animation looks great but unlike most Pixar trailers, the one didn’t excite me for some reason.

    I’ll still watch the movie because I love Pixar though.

  5. Well, this didnt really excite me much,but I will still see it.

    I mean Wall e and cars are Pixars weakest to me so this might end up sitting on that side of the shelf.

    • What was wrong with Wall E, it is one of my favorites? I understand Cars, but not Wall E…

  6. This already looks and feels fantastic. Pixar, you bastards, you might’ve done it again.

  7. From an animation and storytelling standpoint Wall-e is a freakin masterpiece. The film is nearly void of human dialogue. The illusion of life at it’s finest.

  8. I think some people get hung up on Wall-e’s green message. Wall-e was superbly animated and with absence of human dialogue it’s an absolute stunning achievement the emotions they conveyed through a tiny little robot.

  9. Pass

  10. It looks really pretty… but… i’m not sure just yet…
    I’m a huge Pixar fan, so I’m hoping this rights the ship, and shows us that Pixar can keep going on “original” ideas.

  11. I’m sure it will be a good movie, and it’s cool they’re exploring the Celtic theme…

    …but enough with the feminist woman-empowerment main characters already. I don’t mind it in general, but come on, why does every female have to be snarky and somehow better than all the male characters? I thought we were in a post-feminist era already. Okay Disney/Pixar, we get the point, females can do the stuff males can too, and it’s okay.

    Now can we have a little return to tradition/reality? When do the guys get to save the damsel in distress again? Last I checked, there weren’t many spunky, warrior princesses in Scotland back in the day.

    • Im not really sure how any of this applies to Pixar, since this is their first film with a female lead.

    • I doubt it’s just going to be a two-hour long female empowerment spiel…Pixar’s more thoughtful than that. However, I would like to say that I think the trailer could have done without the feminist slant. I literally thought nothing of the fact that the main character is a girl…I accepted her exactly as I would have any other protagonist. That is, until the trailer illustrated how sexist her society is with the line from her mother about how “girls enjoy more..elegant things.” Then I was just like, “Oh. So that’s what this is about…”

    • Don’t worry, Daniel. No woman will risk anything to save you from a chihuahua.

    • Well there may have been spunky warrior princesses, but they probably died the first time they crossed swords with a man.

  12. Looks great I can’t wait. But come on Pixar hurry up with the Incredibles sequel already.

  13. This movie looks good! It’s different from the others I’ve seen and I love how the heroine has a feisty personality!

  14. The trailer reminds me of a typical fantasy plot … I’m surprised since Pixar creates outstanding stories (except for Cars 2). I’m sure Brave will be amazing. It must be tough being Pixar, however. They have a high standard to uphold. How do the Pixar guys deal with the pressure of keeping it up?

  15. Love the animation. The theme leaves much to be desired. Yet another “down trodden girl yearns for something more and bites of more than she can chew, but rises to the occasion,” cliched plot.

    • Here’s hoping for a “down trodden girl yearns for something more and bites of more than she can chew, and dies horribly” non-cliched plot.

  16. I have watched every single Pixar film many times (3 little boys) but CARS 2 was horrible. I refuse to watch it again and if I wasn’t in the theater with my boys I would have walked out..I have never walked out on a film before but I would have with Cars 2..Too much Mater and not nearly enough of the great characters from the first film..

  17. I will be using my kids and an excuse to see this….does this make me a bad parent

  18. Never thought I’d see the day when people turn on Pixar. How dare people say Wall-E was just okay, that movie had more soul than most people now a days (imho,LOL) do!
    Can’t wait for Brave, hard to tell by this short trailer whether it will great but I have much faith in Pixar Studios.

  19. between this and paranorman 2012 is going to be a great summer for animation