Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Brave; trailer for Pixar’s latest animated film...

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A lot of people think Pixar made their first, big, misstep with Cars 2 this year. The first of their films to get a negative critical response (38% / 5.5 on Rotten Tomatoes) Cars 2 was seen as a largely commercial affair designed to make Disney billions of dollars in merchandising revenue by making the brand more popular overseas. John Lasseter refutes that suggestion and the fact remains that the film made an impressive $551.7m worldwide (including a jump from $217.9m to $360.4m from international markets.) and kids loved it.

“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 Wise Woman (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.”

Brave features is the first Pixar film with a female lead character and it will be hoped that the film represents a return to form for Pixar, for those who didn’t like Cars 2 that is, and it is certainly looking beautiful. As ever there is an impressive voice cast with Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane all helping to remind us, just a tad, of Dreamworks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon.

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