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.
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 due to scheduling conflicts that prevented her from taking the role, Kelly Macdonald replaced her.
This is the first Pixar-produced film to have a female protagonist and 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, where Mark Andrews was initially the consultant, providing the Scottish themes for Brenda Chapman.
The misunderstood dialect that Young MacGuffin speaks is called 'Doric' and was spoken in northeastern Scotland including Kevin McKidd's hometown of Elgin.
Brenda Chapman had based 'Merida' on teh character of 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.
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.
Pixar movie-makers created the family tapestry using a technology that allowed them to create billions of individual threads.
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.
Kelly MacDonald was in her thirties when she voiced the teenage Merida.
Scottish animator Mark Flood was a guest at the European premiere of this film in Edinburgh Festival Theatre.
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