April 21, 2014

First Look: Brave Concept Art. Also, Behind-the-Scenes Changes.

EW.com has an exclusive first look at some concept art for Brave, Disney/Pixar’s 13th feature film, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters in the summer of 2012. A few years ago, there were a few pieces of artwork that were released when the film was first announced, but in a matter of a few years the look of a film can change. These new pieces of artwork remind us that while Brave is Pixar’s first fairytale, the studio is not looking to deliver your usual princess film. View the artwork (and an updated description of the film) below.

UPDATE: Added hi-res versions of the images.

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HIGHLAND OF THE BRAVE — The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop for Brave, a new tale that joins the lands’ ancient lore stories of epic battles and mystical legends passed down for generations. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, Brave is the grand adventure of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer who confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts to discover the true meaning of courage.  The film also features the voices of Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane. Brave, full of heart, memorable characters and Pixar’s signature humor, takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D in select theaters.

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The stunning pieces of concept art provide a small window into the Brave world, one that is likely to be darker than other fairy tale films. In an interview last year, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich stated that the film will be gritty, which has us even more excited for the storyline.

Looking at the new description that has been provided by Disney/Pixar, you will notice a few behind-the-scenes changes. The big one was reported last year, which had Mark Andrews replacing Brenda Chapman as director. It seems she will still be credited as co-director, as EW has confirmed it from a Disney spokesperson.

Additionally, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Reese Witherspoon, who was originally attached to voice the main role of Merida was unable to work on the film due to “scheduling issues.” She has been replaced with Kelly Macdonald, a Scottish actress who has starred in No Country For Old Men, Boardwalk Empire, and also has a role in the final Harry Potter film. No harm there, as a Scottish actress playing the role of a Scottish princess is fairly logical. While Pixar has had big stars voicing their characters before, the studio has never seemed to focus too much on landing them for their films.

Make sure to head over to EW.com for the complete article, which includes a few new details on the storyline of the film.

Brave is set to hit theaters on June 22, 2012. Let’s start up that countdown clock, shall we?

Source: EW

UPDATE (3/29/11): Disney/Pixar has released another concept art piece for the film, which you can view below:

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Via: Stitch Kingdom

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About Samad Rizvi

Samad is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Pixar Times. His favorite films include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Vertigo, Back to the Future, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, and of course, Pixar's Monsters, Inc., WALL-E and Up.

  • http://juan-bauty.blogspot.com Juan Bauty

    Looks like a random fan-art….

  • Jalynne

    I know a lot of people in the Pixar fandom are clamoring over this film (at least from my experience) and were upset when it got pushed back and all sorts of other things. But this is the one movie so far that I DON’T want to see. The words “gritty” and Pixar just make me nervous. Maybe because I am a gal who loves traditional fairy tales and am not looking for gritty princesses? Why does the film/princess have to be gritty in order to be a kick-butt character? At this point, I kind of think Pixar shouldn’t touch the fairytale genre. But with a year and a half away, I’ll try to maintain my trust in the company and wait and see what it starts to look like when it’s closer to the release date.

    • http://emmacaywood.wordpress.com dwemma

      “I am a gal who loves traditional fairy tales and am not looking for gritty princesses.”

      I think you vastly misspoke. You are a girl who loves the Disney bastardizations of fairy tales. You do not love _traditional_ fairy tales if the word gritty makes you nervous.

      There is nothing more gritty and adult as a traditional fairy tale. Stepsisters chopping off their own heals, mothers beheading their sons and feeding stew made of them to their husbands, and princes falling in love with dead Snow White and wanting to bring her back to his castle because she is so beautiful dead…for what purpose…

      Grimm’s is dark. And gritty. Disney is false.

      Though I don’t have faith that this film will be an actual fairy tale. If it’s family entertainment, chances are it won’t be dark enough to be a real fairy tale.

      • Jalynne

        Okay, no offense, but there’s no need for what seemed like an lashing out against my comment. I like the traditional DISNEY fairytales. I’m so sorry if I wasn’t precise enough that you felt the need to point out that I misspoke. Whatever. I completely realize that Disney changes the originals. I’m not a moron just because I didn’t convey myself accurately, assuming people would know I meant Brave in comparison to other Disney fairytales and not fairytales in general. For example, I knew full well going into a movie like the recent Tangled that it wouldn’t be anywhere near the same as Rapunzel, which was my favorite fairytale as a child. But I like Disney’s take on the fairytales simply for the fact that they aren’t as grotesque (because generally speaking, nowadays the original fairytales don’t serve the same purpose they did when they were penned by the likes of Perrault and Grimm and Andersen). Call me a wimp, call me a loser, call me whatever, but I am perfectly fine with the differences between Disney and the originals. I’m not saying one is at all better than the other, but to each their own.

        • http://emmacaywood.wordpress.com dwemma

          Shrug. it’s the internet. We don’t have body language or eye contact. All we have is our specificity of language. I wasn’t picking on you; I was correcting your statement. How was I to know that you didn’t actually think that Disney tales are the traditional tales? You stated that they were, and I don’t know you. All I have is your words and the choices you made with them. Langauge matters. I shouldn’t have to guess at what you mean to say.

          I don’t dislike the Disney tales, BTW. They’re just not traditional. Maybe Old School is the term you were searching for?

          Though again I’m unclear of what you mean by stating that fairy tales don’t serve the same purpose that they did when they were collected and written down by the early folklorists the Brothers Grimm, overheard and rewritten by Perrault, and imaged and written by Andersen. What purpose did they serve then and what purpose do they serve now? I would think…entertainment? The passing on of lessons and morals? The displaying of cultural, local, and religious values within a narrative format? Fairy tales were for everyone when they were collected and/or penned. Disney claims to make family films.

          I’m going to be fascinated to see the ages of the children allowed to see Brave. Will we feel the need to protect our children from the “gritty” and prove Disney, with their penchant for watering things down, correct?

  • Simoa

    I’m actually a big fan of the Disney princess fairytales but the word gritty doesn’t bother me. I just think this new princess will have an edge to her, as only a Pixarian princess could! Rapunzel was definitely a kick butt princess yet her story wasn’t gritty so it seems Pixar’s moving in the same direction but in an entirely different way. Point blank I’m beyond excited for Brave and can’t wait to see the studio’s first fairytale.

  • ashmonster

    As someone already pointed out, to do a “traditional” fairy tale has been done time and time again by Disney. Not to say that is a bad thing! I love Disney and there perfect fairy tales. But Pixar is not Disney, and in order to create a movie that is new and innovative (as they always do) they can’t rely on the same old thing that has been done millions of times. I like the idea of a gritty princess, I like the idea of recreating the fairy tale. I can’t help but to think of Shrek, where they took the typical fairy tale and added humor and a fresh take on it. It’s a good thing and what it boils down to is that it’s Pixar. They know what they are doing, and I have full confidence in them that if the story was lacking or not up to normal standards they would scrap it.

  • PogieJoe

    “Signature humor”? I would have put “signature heart”!

  • PixarFan

    I’m just glad/relieved that Reese Witherspoon don’t get to fake a Scottish accent for this movie anymore. Sure she has a wonderful angelic look on her face and a superb acting talent, but it doesn’t necessarily equate to being good at faking accents. Would love to have her voice in future Pixar movies, though.

  • http://Website(optional) Pixarrules

    Okay, now that I’ve seen this, I can’t WAIT for this movie! I like the direction Pixar is taking and I think they can definitely do it. I mean, look at “Toy Story 3,” there are several really dark moments in the film and it worked perfectly!

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  • Dany

    Dwemma, to call a Disney fairytale a ‘bastardization’ would, I think, be as vast a misconception as you pointed out in Jalynne’s response. Every franchise has their own take on a story. Poetic license is a good thing, not a bad one.

    I’ve read ten times over all of the original Grimm’s fairytales, and though I love them in my own way, I must agree that I’m always glad to see Disney’s interpretations. I wouldn’t, of course, want any child of mine to be reading such gory stories at a young age. Disney helps ease children into the literary world in a friendly way that’s not only entertaining for them but for their families as well.

    I have to say, though, that I adore ‘gritty’ princesses over the ‘traditional’. Though I love the original Disney princesses (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc.), I feel as though I much prefer more recent ones (IE Belle, Esmeralda, Rapunzel, Ariel…). I feel as though I’ll stick with Disney no matter how they interpret a character in a story.

    Of course, Disney movies are as biased by the current culture as anything else. You would notice that female characters spanning a period of roughly the 30′s-60′s (Wendy, Alice, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White) are vastly different than those of the present. They might appear more prim and proper by nature. This definitely has much to do with the time period, where women were seen as housewives who were meant to be seen and not heard. Disney modeled their female characters after what the perfect women might be considered during the time period.

    Characters like Ariel, Esmeralda, Megara (who I personally find a huge breakthrough in Disney characterization history by the by) or Mulan, might better reflect the values we seek in people today. Surely watchers would more likely favor a strong-minded, independent, intelligent, feisty woman than they ever would have in say the 40′s; catch my drift?

    I believe it’s important for Disney, like any franchise, to change with the times. I look forward to Merida; the grittier the better. After all, with a movie title like ‘Brave’, how could the main character be retiring and timid?

  • Ellen

    I don’t even understand how any princess fan could not want to see this movie!  I LOVE Disney movies (Tangled is my favorite movie, I loved it so much it pushed me to decide to become an artist) but seriously, it’s Pixar’s first movie with a girl lead, I don’t want her to be another Disney-esque princess.  That’s not what they have done with any of their other characters and If Pixar de-gritted a character just because she happens to be a princess, I’d be offended!  Previous characters have all had their opportunities to deal with heavy, ‘gritty’ situations and it’s about time we get to see a featured girl lead kick some serious ass!  I mean really, it’s Pixar, we know we’re in for a fresh, new perspective on princesses, that’s a good thing!  

    It feels great to know there will finally be a main girl character- and princess- who is a straight up baller that doesn’t look like a fantasyland barbie.  Yes, I love Disney movies, and Rapunzel and Jasmine and Belle in particular, but honestly, it’s about time we show more diversity in what girls can be.  I’m a little disappointed that they still have to make this a “princess film” to feature a girl but hey, at least now the definition of “princess” is wider than sweet, adorable beauties with perfect bodies and perfect hair.  For the record, when I was little I HATED my curly hair because I thought it was ugly (Disney princesses didn’t exactly help with that) and seeing a character with a do as crazy as mine makes me really happy. :)  Also looking forward to the archery scenes, I’ve heard they are SWEET!