Brave is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman and co-directed by Steve Purcell. The story is by Chapman, with the screenplay by Andrews, Purcell, Chapman and Irene Mecchi. The film was produced by Katherine Sarafian, with John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter as executive producers. The film's voice cast features Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, and Craig Ferguson. Set in the Scottish Highlands, the film tells the story of a princess named Merida who defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in the kingdom by expressing the desire not to be betrothed.
Princess Merida, the impetuous but courageous daughter of Scottish King Fergus and Queen Elinor, is a skilled archer who wants to carve out her own path in life. Her defiance of an age-old tradition angers the Highland lords and leads to chaos in the Kingdom of DunBroch. Merida seeks help from an eccentric witch, who grants her an ill-fated wish. Now, Merida must discover the true meaning of courage and undo a beastly curse before it's too late.
Why It Rocks
- It stays true to the Celtic and Scottish culture.
- Likable and entertaining characters, like Merida, Queen Elinor, Fergus and the Triplets.
- An emotional and touching plot with really good morals about family and courage.
- Brilliant animation.
- Amazing musical score by Patrick Doyle.
- Great voice-acting.
- Plenty of surprises, like where Queen Elinor turns into a black bear.
- The film has a dedication to Steve Jobs.
- The overuse of butt jokes.
- The story can be a bit rushed.
- It is arguably one of Pixar's weaker movies despite the praise, thanks to the generic feel of the movie compared to most of Pixar's library.
- The video game adaptation followed a very different plot involving Merida travelling across the land to cleanse ancient stones of Mor'du's curse.