New ‘Brave’ Stills Feature Merida And A Few Bears

Disney/Pixar premiered the final theatrical trailer for Brave yesterday, giving us a few more hints as to where the story will go. Three hi-res stills from the trailer have now been released, two of which are likely strong hints as to where the story is heading in acts two and three. As always, if you would rather stay in the dark about even small story hints, no one is forcing you to take a look at these. For all others, take a look at the gorgeous stills after the jump!

It is hard to classify what is or is not a spoiler before the release of films. What we think might be a spoiler, may turn out to be nothing of the sort once we view the film. That is why I am always cautious, but Pixar’s promotional track record is consistently good – the trailers often keep major story elements out of sight. As a result, we usually complain about wishing to see more, but I believe it’s for our own good. That is why we have been wowed by Pixar films – the trailers may not be the greatest, due to their mysterious direction, but ultimately we walk out of the theater blown away by what we witnessed.

Take a look at the three stills below:

Clearly, that last still is the biggest one here. While some may dub it a spoiler, I think of it more as a strong hint – nobody but people who have worked on or seen the film know what brought the story here and where it is going.

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.

“Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong 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 unruly and 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 Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

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  • Steve Williams

    Am I right in thinking the bears are her brothers in the witch-induced cursed realm?

    • Matthewlottering

      Your not alone, and the new trailer… or one of them? the one about the triplets actually calls them bears.

      • Steve Williams

        Oh yeah! Very true! That went right under my nose.

    • W.B

      Based upon al ine in the trailer that says somthing about the Queen missing I think that the bear in top right corner of the last picture is The Queen.The bear is too large to be one of the brothers. The bears in second picture are probably the brothers.

      • W.B

        Re edit. It is suppose to say “a line in the new trailer that says something”

  • Declan R.

    Okay, here’s my prediction: After she wishes for things to change, she enters an odd parallel universe where nature has taken over, and all of her family members are bears. Then the curse starts to invade the real world, and she has to stop it.

  • Prashanvk

    Oddly, the best bit of the whole post for me is that they’re sticking to one film a year. I know a lot of other people would rather they do more films but for me, when it’s just one a year, we really treat the films like a major event and that’s how I would like it to stay. Now, we know our lineup all the way to 2016. Woohoo!!

  • Drago Harley

    I saw some toys at the Disney Store that show the Queen turned into a bear called Mumbear.  They are a set of 10 little plastic figures and they have both Triplet Boys and Triplet Bears as characters.  The Mumbear wears the same tiara as the Queen. There is no bear version of the King in the set though.  The other figures in the set are Merida, a horse, and those Scottish Lords who are in the trailers.  There’s no figure of the witch.  

    • Samad Rizvi

      Removed this comment out of respect for those who don’t want this spoiled.