Behind the Scenes of BravePixar’s Brave is the studio’s first period piece and the studio’s first true fairy tale. It also marks the first of their films with a female main character, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald). Brave makes good use of its Scottish setting, with director Mark Andrews and his team extensively researching Scotland to make sure they realistically capture the land and the people. And in this behind the scenes featurette, Andrews and the voice cast – including Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, and Billy Connolly – discuss the setting, the characters, and what audiences can expect from Brave.
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Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.
Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
Brave hits theaters on June 22, 2012.