With Cars 2 recently seeing its home release, promotion for Pixar’s 2012 film, Brave, is now beginning to ramp up, as Disney/Pixar has shared an exclusive image from the film with the Associated Press (via Bleeding Cool). The new image gives us a first look at Merida’s family members – her mother (Queen Elinor), her father (King Fergus), and her triplet brothers (Harris, Hubert, and Hamish). Take a look at the image here!
UPDATE: Empire has posted more stills from the film, which you can view at the end of the post.
The AP has not released a hi-res version of the image, but we should have a higher quality still soon. (UPDATE: I’ve replaced the image with a hi-res one released by Disney/Pixar.)
The article also gives us confirmation of what I had been thinking – the new trailer is arriving soon (UPDATE: The trailer has been delayed from its Tuesday release. It is now officially debuting Wednesday. More details here). Director Mark Andrews shares a few details from the upcoming trailer (which definitely hints at the larger aspects of the storyline):
In the film’s full-length trailer, out Tuesday, Merida’s father tells of the 12-foot-tall beast with razor-sharp claws, a face scarred with a dead eye and “hide littered with the weapons of fallen warriors,” that chomped off his leg while the rebellious Merida transverses a lush forest, ascends a mountain and lands a bull’s eye at a tournament.
Other imagery teased in the new trailer includes Merida encountering mystical blue-hued wisps and the gnarly bear that took her father’s leg.
Andrews also speaks to what the film is trying to capture:
Despite being the first Pixar film to focus on a female heroine, Andrews said “Brave” will be less about girl power and more about the oppositional relationship between mother Elinor and daughter Merida, likening the defiant red-haired princess to a scrutinized teenager who is forced to attend the same high school where her mother serves as the principal.
It definitely sounds like the film will be relatable to all ages, as is customary for Pixar.
Stay tuned for the first full-length Brave trailer, which we will have for you tomorrow.
Brave lands in theatres on June 22, 2012.
Via: Bleeding Cool
Source: AP (Yahoo News!)
UPDATE 2 (1:40 PM): Empire has also posted close-up shots at all three characters in the above image:
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