Pixar's 'Brave'

This cool behind-the-scenes feature explores the making of Brave, Pixar’s first movie to focus on a female central figure. The five-minute video features Emma Thompson, Kelly Macdonald, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, Billy Connolly and other voice talent along with executive producer John Lasseter and others discussing the intricacies of making the animated, family feature.

The story centers on Merida, an impetuous princess who is determined to shape her own destiny but who unwittingly unleashes trouble and chaos upon the kingdom. You’ll find the video and a synopsis after the jump.

It’s interesting to see how deeply the filmmakers delved into Scottish culture to make the movie. The artists actually travelled to Scotland to see, draw and paint the countryside and Scottish musicians composed and performed the score.

Synopsis: 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 Witch (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.

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