April 16, 2014

Merida Swings A Sword In New ‘Brave’ Stills

We have heard that Brave heroine Merida is quite the expert archer, able to nail a target dead-on from far away. She showed up her suitors one after another in a great clip released by Disney/Pixar a few months back. She is in her comfort zone when fashioning a bow and arrow, but how about when a sword comes into play? In two new Brave stills, Merida is seen swinging a sword – but do her sword skills hold a candle to her archery skills? Take a look at the stills after the jump!


The German PixarBlog posted the Brave stills, the first of which gives us a glimpse at the playful relationship between Merida and her father, King Fergus. It is a perfect representation of the family relationship, as Queen Elinor is on the outside, looking in:

The second still, on the other hand, is definitely more revealing, in terms of the plot. It comes from the later acts of the film, as it is not seen in the film’s first half hour. Take a peek at the still below:

From the trailers, we know that there is more than one bear, the biggest and most evil-looking of which is the demon bear Mor’du. I think it is safe to say that Mor’du is not the one tied down in the still above. Who else could it be? It looks like this is one of the examples of how Merida must set everything right after unleashing a ‘beastly’ curse upon the kingdom.

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.

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.

  • Z E Z

    merida’s family are bears becouse there are 3 little bears and 2 adult bears

  • SammyB95

    very nice stills!

  • Kirill Grouchnikov

    Three little brothers, three little bears. Looks like the curse that
    Merida unleashes on the kingdom is that her family is turned into bears
    and she has to go and fight the bad witch to save them. And the big bear
    that tries to grab her at the end of the latest trailer – looks like
    another cursed person. Leading, of course, to a reverse girl-saves-boy
    scenario “pioneered” by Tiana and, to some extent, Rapunzel.