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First Look: Rendered Brave Image!

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Posted by Martin • May 27, 2011

Here’s our first look at a rendered image from Brave featuring none other than the film’s lead, Princess Merida.

Riding on her steed with a bow and arrow in hand, the still is just as magnificent as we had imaged! Animatie, a Dutch animation fansite, leaked the image recently.

Pixar’s 13th feature is set to open in just over a year, but the official trailer rolls this summer with Cars 2. Presumably, the image you see to the right comes from the upcoming teaser. Chances are we’ll get to see it (and maybe a couple of higher quality shots) even before the release of Cars 2, so look out!

Brave opens in theatres on June 22, 2012.

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Merida Rides Into More Brave Art!

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Posted by Martin • March 29, 2011

Another piece of stunning concept art from Brave was revealed today to go along with the previously released set.

For the first time since a sketch of the film’s main line-up leaked in 2008, we get to see a clear shot of Merida, the film’s leading lady. It was recently revealed that the Scottish princess would be voiced by Kelly MacDonald instead of Reese Witherspoon.

Judging by what we’ve heard in the past as well as clues in yesterday’s concept art, the horse Merida rides in the image may also have a central role in the film. It has yet to be publicly named, although I think we’ll be hearing a lot more on that subject soon enough.

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(via Stitch Kingdom)

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Brave: New Concept Art Revealed!

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Posted by Martin • March 28, 2011

Three never-before-seen images from the development of Pixar’s Brave were unveiled today via Entertainment Weekly!

In addition to the jaw-dropping concept art, EW also revealed key details about the 2012 release. For example, Reese Witherspoon, who was previously set to play protagonist Merida, has been replaced by Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald due to scheduling issues. The film’s updated synopsis was also released:

"Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida 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)."

Sounds (and looks!) like Pixar has an exhilarating, mystical adventure on their hands. Featuring Pixar’s first female lead, Brave, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman is set to open in US theatres on June 22, 2012.

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(via Entertainment Weekly)

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Brave Release Date Shifts Again!

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Posted by Martin • March 16, 2011

The Bear and the Bow, I mean, Brave, sure is fidgety!

Besides the name change, Pixar’s first foray into the realm of fairytales has had its fair share of shifts.

Previously scheduled for June 15, 2012, Brave is now set to open on June 22, 2012 according to The Wrap. Don’t be alarmed, when it was announced back in 2008 the film was set to premiere late this year.

Although fans will have to wait another week (in addition to the extra year) to experience the Brenda Chapman Mark Andrews directed adventure, it’s hard to imagine that it won’t be worth it.

Let’s keep with the theme, flip-flop what you’re thinking in the comments!

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Bob Whitehill Talks Cars 2/Brave 3D!

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Posted by Martin • November 28, 2010

It seems like it’s been a whole year since Pixar blogger day.

So when I heard that Collider had a holdover video from last March’s event, I didn’t expect to see anything new. Boy, was I wrong.

The interview with Pixar’s 3D guru, Bob Whitehill, generally goes over the filmmaking process and Toy Story 3. But the real gem comes when Whitehill describes what’s sure to be a stunning scene from Brave.

"We have done a little test sequence for [Brave] in 3D, of the main character riding her beautiful horse through the woods and it just looks gorgeous… she’s a beautiful character with long, flowing red hair… the misty Scottish forest is really stunning."

Whitehill also admits he’ll be facing some challenges on Cars 2. Even though the world seems "made for the 3D", it looks like they’ll have to fine tune Pixar’s next film more than you’d think.

Don’t miss this must-watch video interview over at Collider!

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Pixar’s First Female Director No More? Chapman Out, Andrews In? [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • October 18, 2010

Is Brenda Chapman out of the director’s chair for Brave?

The popular animation blog, Cartoon Brew, points to an unnamed "reliable source" for today’s big reveal. In fact, the site reports that she has left the studio for good. 

Brenda Chapman would have been Pixar’s first female director, but I would assume the change had nothing to do with her gender. Regardless, I’m willing to bet that a controversy is in our midst.

Brew also reports that One Man Band director and story vet, Mark Andrews, is actively replacing Chapman in the role of helmer. No further details were mentioned as to why a change was implemented.

As you may know, directorial swaps aren’t anything new at Pixar. I’d point to Toy Story 2, but the best example is Jan Pinkava’s flailing Ratatouille which was subsequently turned into an Oscar-winning masterpiece by Brad Bird.

Hopefully, everything was done for the best— you can trust Pixar on that end. We wish Brenda Chapman the best of luck in her future endeavors, assuming the news isn’t simply hogwash.

Update: I’m glad to report that Brenda Chapman has NOT left Pixar Animation Studios. However, The New York Times confirms confirms today that she has stepped down as director on Brave. A Disney rep commented, "the decision to remove her was made for “creative reasons.”

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Brave Talk with Billy Connolly!

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Posted by Martin • September 30, 2010

Billy Connolly, the Scottish-born actor set to provide his voice in Pixar’s Brave, was recently asked about the upcoming project in an interview with The Star.

On Pixar’s first female director: "It didn’t dawn on me for ages, because… I just found (animation) directors absurd and immensely likable… So it didn’t become a matter of male or female to me."

On recording lines for Brave: "It’s good fun, the rehearsals have been really funny… [Pixar is] terribly good at what they do.”

He can say that again!
Click here to read the full article. 

Connolly’s comments come just days after a (usually) reputable source "reported" that Brenda Chapman would become Pixar’s first female director. Subsequently, it became "breaking news" across the web. The funny thing: Disney/Pixar announced her title over two years prior!

Brave is set to hit theatres on June 15th, 2012!

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(via The Toronto Star)

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Disney/Pixar Launches Brave Facebook + Officially Reveals Logo!

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Posted by Martin • September 22, 2010

Are you a fan of Brave on Facebook?

Click here to show support and anticipation for Brenda Chapman’s Scottish epic. Expect sporadic updates throughout the year, including concept art and other announcements.

As a special treat, Disney/Pixar also revealed a high quality, official rendering of the Brave logo (seen above) that made its way online a couple of weeks ago. Now you can better make out all of the exquisite details of the Celtic design — including protagonist Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor, hidden in the mix.

Brave, formerly titled The Bear and the Bow, is set to debut on June 15th, 2012!

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Brave Logo Art Displayed at WDW! [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • September 10, 2010

Pixar’s highly anticipated fairytale, Brave, recently underwent a fresh logo treatment!

If you’re familiar with the original "The Bear and the Bow" design, you’ll notice strong similarities. With that said, the new textures really pack a powerful punch and foreshadow the film’s feel.

What some might call a "teaser poster", seen above, was photographed by Twitter user @PaulChadkin at The Magic of Disney Animation in Walt Disney World. Although it’ll probably be a while until we get to see any footage from this Brenda Chapman project, it’s always nice to hear an update.

Update: Pixarian Chris Chua points out on Twitter that Merida and her mother can be seen in the logo. Hint: Check out the ‘B’ and the ‘E’!

Brave is set to hit theatres on June 15th, 2012!

How do you feel about the Brave logo?

(via The Pixar Times)

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John Carter of Mars vs. Brave?

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Posted by Martin • August 9, 2010

In the summer of 2012, a Scottish princess-turned-archer will be pitted against a Martian warrior.

That’s right — Disney has set John Carter of Mars for a June 8th release, just one week before Brave in the same year! Sounds like there’s going to be a Disney feud at the box office…

One could argue that Andrew Stanton’s live action debut has a vastly different audience than Pixar’s first film centered around a female lead. But when analyzing the studio’s 15 years of box office success, demographics don’t seem relevant.

I’m honestly not sure why Disney would pit their big 2012 flagship films against each other. It seems a little misguided. I also don’t think either film will be able to perform at their optimum potential, but who will suffer the most: will John Carter overshadow Brave or will the complete opposite happen in Carter’s second weekend?

…and we thought Twilight was Pixar’s biggest worry! Your thoughts?

(Release date via Box Office Mojo)

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