Like The Incredibles (directed by Brad Bird), Brave is a Pixar film not directed by the core group of directors at the studio. Brave‘s director is Mark Andrews, who previously directed the short, One Man Band.
Here are the details about Brave‘s storyline that have been released:
“A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar’s action-adventure Brave. The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. The storytelling wizards of Pixar conjure humor, fantasy and excitement in this rich Highland tale.”
The film stars Reese Witherspoon as Princess Merida and Emma Thompson as her mother, Queen Elinor. Additional voices include Billy Connolly as King Fergus, Tom Hulce as Prince Jeffrey, and Julie Walters as a witch.
This will be Pixar’s first fairytale film. In interviews about the studio’s upcoming projects, Lee Unkrich (director of Toy Story 3) has described Brave as “gritty,” so as is the case with Pixar do not expect a conventional “princess film.”