Brave (2012)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 33 mins

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Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (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 (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (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.

Cast: Billy Connolly, Kelly Macdonald

Crew: Brenda Chapman (Director), Mark Andrews (Director), Patrick Doyle (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Release Dates: 22 Jun 2012 (India)

Tagline: Change your fate.

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as Fergus
as Merida
as Wee Dingwall
as Lord Macintosh
as Maudie
as Elinor
as Gordon
as The Witch
as Lord MacGuffin / Young MacGuffin
as Martin
as Young Merida
as Lord Dingwall
as Maudie
as The Crow
as Young Macintosh




Associate Producer


Story Writer


Music Director


Production Designer


Casting Director


Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround 7.1
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Shot in 3D
Change your fate.
During the presentation of Princess Merida's suitors, one suitor is mentioned to have defeated a group of Vikings. Another suitor is mentioned to have defeated Romans. The Vikings did not enter Scotland until about 800 AD, almost 400 years after the Romans abandoned the British Isles in the 5th century.

Errors in Geography
In the falconry scene, one of the birds is a Harris's Hawk which is native to the Americas.

Errors in Geography
During the rock-climbing/waterfall sequence, the circling birds sound like red-tailed hawks which are native to North America.
Reese Witherspoon was originally announced as the voice of Princess Merida, but scheduling conflicts prevented from taking the role. Kelly Macdonald replaced her.

This is the first Pixar-produced film to have a female protagonist. Princess Merida is also the first Pixar character to be included in the Disney Princess line.

The original title of the film was "The Bear and the Bow".

It took six years to make this film. Mark Andrews was initially the consultant, providing the Scottish themes for Brenda Chapman. However, by October 2010, Chapman left after four years of work with Andrews subsequently taking over but still keeping the intended story that Chapman wrote. Originally 80% of the film took place in snow, but when Chapman left the project so did much of the white stuff.

Series trademark: The Pizza Planet truck, a fixture of nearly every full-length Pixar film can be spotted in the Witch's Hut.

None of the footage shown in the preview trailer is in the finished film.

The misunderstood dialect that Young MacGuffin (voiced by Kevin McKidd) speaks is called Doric. It is spoken in northeastern Scotland including Kevin McKidd's hometown of Elgin.

The name Lord MacIntosh (or McIntosh) is a common Scottish surname, also the name of a well-known variety of apple. It is a reference to the Apple computer. Steve Jobs was a co-founder of Apple and played a big role in Pixar. The movie is dedicated to Jobs with this quote at the end credits: "Dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs, our partner, mentor and friend". It is also a reference to the visual image of Merida being interrupted while trying to eat an apple by biting into it, which her mother considers unladylike, is repeated several times throughout the film.

The chess set in Merida's room is the famous Lewis Chessmen from the 12th century, unearthed in Scotland in 1831.

Brenda Chapman based Merida on her own daughter while Elinor was loosely based on herself.

Two additional software programs were specially developed for this film by Pixar in the period of three years. One of them allows simulation of Merida's 1500 strands of hair curls to move together with her movements.

This was the first film to use the new Dolby Atmos sound system. The new system expands from the 5/7.1 channel sound mixes to 64 discrete speaker feeds and 128 simultaneous and lossless audio channels.

The belt that Queen Elinor wears in the first half of the movie forms a hidden Mickey when viewed from the front. You can see the distinct Mickey head and the two ears as connecting circles around her waist.

The world premiere of this movie also marked the grand opening of Hollywood's Dolby Theatre featuring its first presentation in Dolby 3D [June 18, 2012].

Dingwall is a town in Scotland which once contained the largest castle north of Stirling and was believed to be the site of a legendary battle between the Clan Mackay and the Clan Donald in 1411. The English name Dingwall means "meeting place of the local assembly." The town's Gaelic name Inbhir Pheofharain means "the mouth of the Peffery" but it is also known as Baile Chail ("cabbage town"), appropriate for Lord Dingwall's son.

Pixar movie-makers created the family tapestry using a technology that allowed them to create billions of individual threads.

In spite of being replaced by Mark Andrews during production, Brenda Chapman has said she's very proud of the movie, claiming that "[her] vision came through."

Kevin McKidd was particularly happy to work on this project because it was the first time in years that he'd been able to use his natural Scottish accent in a film.

'Sean Connery' (specifically for King Fergus), 'Richard Wilson', David Tennant, Annette Crosbie (for The Witch) 'Sheamus' (for Young Macintosh) were all considered for roles in the movie.

Kelly Macdonald was in her thirties when she voiced the teenage Merida.

The name of the evil bear, from the legend told by the Queen, is Mordu. In Gaelic it would be spelled Mor Dubh, and means the large black one.

The reference to a long lost kingdom from days past where there was a king and he had 4 sons is a reference to the early French ruler Clovis, who had 4 sons and upon his death split the region of Gaul (modern day France) into 4 parts, one for each son to rule.

Lord MacGuffin and his son are appropriately named. A MacGuffin (or McGuffin) is a film industry slang term that is loosely defined as an otherwise unimportant plot item/event that never the less drives the plot forward. In this case, the three suitors are only a means by which to escalate the tension between the princess and the queen.

The necklace Merida wears at the clan gathering - and later uses to pay the witch for the spell - is the same necklace that Elinor wears in the prologue, implying that it is a family heirloom.

Merida's horse is named Angus, a Celtic name. There is a P.G. Wodehouse character by the name Angus McAllistor, hailing from Glasgow, about whom it is said: "All the ingredients of a first-class mule simply thrown away."

Scottish animator Mark Flood was a guest at the European premiere of this film in Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

One 14-person team of animators assigned to deal with duplicating the musculature in horses and Princess Merida's curly hair included six graduates of Brigham Young University's highly vaunted computer-animation program.