Disney/Pixar’s Brave Premiere Competition
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“Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led.” ~ Merida
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.
Over the course of 26 years and 12 consecutive groundbreaking features, Pixar Animation Studios has set the bar high for the art of computer animation, establishing themselves as master storytellers and filmmakers. Under the guidance of supervising animators Alan Barillaro and Steven Hunter, with strong support from directing animators Kureha Yokoo and David DeVan and a team of more than 80 animators, the performances in ‘Brave’ take another leap forward in terms of nuance, believability and excitement.
Directed by Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, ‘Brave’ is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to expect. Based on an original story by Chapman, ‘Brave’ was written by Andrews, Steve Purcell and Chapman & Irene Mecchi. The film takes aim at theaters on August 15, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. ‘Brave’ is rated PG by the MPAA.
The story of ‘Brave’ was very personal for the film’s directors, Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. They drew from the experiences of their own families, combining that with their Scottish heritage and love of the country. With their strong backgrounds in storytelling and filmmaking, they were able to weave a tale that was original, emotionally stirring and full of thrilling adventure.
“It’s all about changing your fate. And Merida—feeling the constraints of castle life tightening around her—desperately wants to change hers.” ~ Mark Andrews, Director
The movie is also made to bring out Scotland’s stunning visuals, trees of all shapes and sizes punctuate a lush blanket of foliage—untamed grasses, moss and lichen mingle with earthy brush—all of it blurred by a silvery layer of mist that weaves its way through the forest and over an expansive loch. Rocks of peculiar shapes interrupt the rich backdrop, and cliffs give way to pristine, but daunting seascapes below. The view—enjoyed by generations from the windows of castles—has inspired the imaginations of many storytellers throughout the ages, including those at Pixar Animation Studios.
The team behind ‘Brave’ traveled across the pond to scout the best locales where their epic action-adventure would unfold.
“Scotland is just filled with myths and legends. It’s a magical place—rugged and majestic. The colors there are dark and moody and, at the same time, bright and cheery—all thanks to the crazy weather.” ~ Mark Andrews, Director
From ancient castles and ruins, to rings of standing stones, forests and vegetation, the Pixar sets team, supervised by Derek Williams, set the stage for the colorful action that helps ‘Brave’ deliver a unique visual experience full of Scottish flavor and authenticity.
Several castles served as reference for the DunBroch family castle, most notably Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands and Dunnottar Castle, located just south of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. Dunnottar, a ruined medieval fortress believed to be from the 15th or 16th centuries, sparked a pivotal change of plans for the filmmakers. They intended to set the film’s family castle on a loch up in the Highlands, but inspired by Donnottar’s dramatic location, decided to move it to an outpost of the sea.
Pixar Animation Studios is known to dream big when it comes to technology and artistry. With ‘Brave’, a groundbreaking new software system, PRESTO Animation System, allowed the storytellers and artists to dream even bigger. PRESTO offered more control and more power in terms of wiring that up. In particular on this film, it allowed us to integrate simulation into the animation process. It was a huge breakthrough.
Accompanied by the new software, directors of photography—Rob Anderson (camera) and Danielle Feinberg (lighting)—are able to bring bring new excitement to the cinematography process, with bold and exciting camera moves and sophisticated lighting. ‘Brave’ features a wide range of exciting and innovative visual effects that enhance the drama and magic of Merida’s journey.
The Music Score for the film has been composed by Oscar®-nominated composer Patrick Doyle, a native of Scotland, brought a passion and excitement for his homeland to the project that is reflected in his bold and evocative score.
‘Brave’ follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong 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 unruly and 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 Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources—including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery.
UAE Release Date: August 16, 2012
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