April 19, 2014

Actress Kelly Macdonald On Voicing Merida In ‘Brave’ And Its Video Game

Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar

Great acting means that viewers forget that they are watching an actor or actress playing a role – the actor fully becomes the character. In Brave, actress Kelly Macdonald voices the main character, Merida, and does a beautiful job at convincing us we are watching the journey of a teenager trying to connect with her mother. With Brave now playing in North America (and starting to expand to theaters around the world) and its video game adaptation available, Macdonald spoke about voicing the fiery redhead for the screen as well as the game console. Watch the video in HD after the break! [Read more...]

Photos From ‘Brave’ World Premiere At The Dolby Theatre

General view of green carpet

The world premiere of Brave, Pixar’s latest feature-length film, was held last night in Hollywood, California. Members of the Pixar production staff turned out to celebrate the imminent release of the film. The premiere was held at the Dolby Theatre, which had its grand re-opening, after the sound company took over the naming rights from Kodak. The Kodak Theatre name may sound familiar, as it has been the home for the Academy Awards. Take a look at photos from the animated film’s world premiere after the break! [Read more...]

Watch: ‘Brave’ Says “Happy Father’s Day” In New Promo

Brave - Merida, Sword, and Fergus

With the release of Brave only one week away, there has been an avalanche of promos for the upcoming Pixar film. Many of them have gone the comedic route, parodying such things as informercials and fashion ads. I have always been a fan of the emotional ads, which is why I thought the Mother’s Day Brave promo was the best one in the film’s marketing campaign. With Father’s Day right around the corner (you have less than two days to buy those last-minute presents), Disney/Pixar has released a similar promo, this time focusing on Merida and her father’s relationship. Watch the promo in HD after the jump! [Read more...]

Watch: New ‘Brave’ Clip Gives Us A Peek At Merida’s Family

Brave - Merida At Table With Family

In Brave, Merida’s family is quite the interesting bunch – her father (King Fergus) would rather joke than fulfill his obligations; her mother (Queen Elinor) is the serious one, ruling over the kingdom from behind-the-scenes; her triplet brothers silently partake in mischief on an endless drive to consume pies and other sweets. A new clip from the film was released earlier today, which gives us a glimpse at every single one of these characteristics. Take a look at the video after the break! [Read more...]

Four ‘Brave’ Character Posters, New Details Revealed

Brave Character Poster - Merida

This morning, Entertainment Weekly posted four exclusive Brave character posters, featuring several of the main players from Pixar’s highly anticipated new film. The four hi-res posters feature Princess Merida, her parents Queen Elinor and King Fergus, her similarly red-haired brothers, and Lords of the Kingdom. Additionally, in an interview with director Mark Andrews, several new details about the film were revealed. Check out the images and the full (spoiler-free) scoop after the jump! [Read more...]

Watch: New ‘Brave’ TV Spot Hits The Airwaves

Brave - Angus Wallpaper

Perhaps timed to show the world that Pixar has its own heroine badass who is mighty good with a bow and arrow, a new Brave TV spot has been unleashed. Along with a few glimpses of new scenes, this new spot is set to a rocking soundtrack. Most will recognize the music, Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” which is used here due to the song’s Scottish influence. Check out the new TV spot after the jump! [Read more...]

‘Brave’ Standees Start Hitting Movie Theaters

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With about three months until the release of Brave, the marketing for the film is now starting to push into the halls of movie theaters. Sure, trailers and posters for the Pixar film have been a mainstay in theaters over the past several months, but now standees have also started to pop up. Now, standees don’t sound all that cool, but the design of these cardboard cutouts is actually quite creative. Take a look at the great Brave theater standees after the jump! [Read more...]

‘Brave’ To Focus On Mother-Daughter Relationship, Will Overlook Romance

Brave - Merida & Queen Elinor

Pixar has taken a lot of heat over the past decade for its lack of female protagonists. Then, when Brave was announced, the news of a lead female character brought yelps of joy, but also a bit of uneasiness since the lead would be a princess. The last thing the public wanted to see was Pixar do a clichéd character, though, there was hope for a unique take on a princess story given the studio’s reputation for creative and imaginative stories. In the last issue of TIME Magazine, there is an in-depth article that brings confirmation to that hope – Brave is set to subvert the princess story by ignoring romance and focusing on the mother-daughter relationship. [Read more...]

WATCH: Epic ‘Brave’ Japanese Trailer

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A few days ago, Disney Japan released a new trailer for Brave, and as it normally goes, it showed off a lot (and I mean, a lot) more of the film than the American trailers have. It seems to be more in line with the gorgeous and ominous teaser trailer that was shown in theatres with Cars 2. You can watch the trailer after the jump, but be warned, while the trailer is beautiful and epic, it shows much more footage from Brave. It is packed with more spoilers, especially if you speak Japanese. If you weren’t convinced by the previous trailers, then you will be convinced by this one. Check it out after the jump! [Read more...]

WATCH: ‘Brave’ Makes Splash At Oscars With New TV Spot

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This past week has been a big one for Brave, with us getting character descriptions and a new trailer (more like a clip) from the film. Just when you thought you would not hear from Pixar for the next few weeks at least, a new TV spot made a surprise debut during the Oscars last night. Accompanied with a beautiful song in the Scottish Gaelic language, the commercial gives us a haunting look into the film. Check out the great new TV spot after the jump! [Read more...]

New ‘Brave’ Character Descriptions Revealed

Brave - Merida Wallpaper

The official website for Brave was updated today with new images and downloads. Along with the stunning images which will likely be the wallpapers for many desktops and smartphones now, the site also gives us the first descriptions for the various characters in the film. The film’s plot and characters have been shrouded in secrecy, with the teaser and trailer focusing on mostly first-act details. Now, we can understand the characters just a little more. Check out descriptions and beautiful wallpapers for the accompanying characters after the jump! [Read more...]

Official ‘Brave’ Website Receives Major Update

Brave Story - 1

On the heels of a new trailer release in less than 2 days, the official website for Brave has received a major update. Included in the overhaul are new images and downloads of beautifully crafted wallpapers. With the film arriving in almost exactly four months, the marketing is just beginning to ramp up, so expect things to get more exciting as the June release date approaches. After the jump, check out some of the great new additions to the official website! [Read more...]

New ‘Brave’ Trailer Has Its Eyes Set On Thursday

Brave Trailer Countdown

It is that time of year again – when Pixar employees are scrambling to finish their summer film. Considering the fact that Pixar films are developed over the course of four years or more, the finish line must loom over the studio for the final few months. With production approaching the end, the marketing begins to ramp up with the release of new trailers and images sharing more information in the span of three months than we have seen in the past three years! Brave is at this stage now and it looks like we will be seeing a brand spankin’ new trailer on Thursday. Find out more details after the jump! [Read more...]

Game Cards Give Us A Closer Look At ‘Brave’ Characters

Brave Cards - Young MacGuffin

Aside from Brave‘s main character, Merida, we have not learned much about the characters in the upcoming film. Glimpses of them have been seen in stills and trailers released by Disney/Pixar, but the various personalities still remain quite mysterious. Bleeding Cool has published some images of a Brave card game that is to be released later this year, and what do you know, it gives us a closer look at some of the supporting characters. Take a look at the images after the jump! (No need to worry – no spoilers.) [Read more...]

New Brave Still Features Redheads Galore

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With the calendar turning over to 2012, Pixar’s efforts are now fully set on completing Brave for its release in the summer. The film is the first from the studio to feature a female protagonist, which has the public anticipating it even more. Amidst a preview of the upcoming films of the year, a new still has been released today by USA Today (via ComingSoon). The redheaded Princess Merida and her family are seated around a table and once again, her mother the Queen, seems to be looking on disapprovingly. Must be the fact that she’s the only one who’s not a redhead…or not. Take a look at the image after the jump! [Read more...]

Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald Discuss Voicing Characters In Brave

KEVIN MCKIDD, KELLY MACDONALD

Over the past few days, new interviews have emerged with two of the actors who have substantial roles in Pixar’s upcoming film, Brave. Star Kelly Macdonald, who is voicing main character Merida, and Kevin McKidd, voice of Lord MacGuffin and Young MacGuffin, both spoke with The Press Association about how it has been working on a film made by Pixar. Additionally, McKidd also spoke with MovieWeb on what it has been like to voice two characters for the animated film. Read on for some snippets from their interviews! [Read more...]

D23 2011: Updated Brave Synopsis Provides More Details + Notes On Cast and Crew

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In our extensive coverage of the D23 Expo this past week, we have shared much of the new details from the panels held at the show. We were shown more new Brave footage than we have ever seen from a Pixar film that is still one year away from its release. Additionally, new plot details emerged, such as what those little beautiful blue lights seen in the teaser and poster are and what they can do. Disney also released an updated synopsis for the film, which fills in some holes on what leads to the mess that main character Merida creates. Read on for the full synopsis plus check out some notes on the cast and crew! [Read more...]

D23 2011: Images From The Huge Walt Disney Studios Presentation

ANDREW STANTON, JIM MORRIS, LINDSEY COLLINS, DAN SCANLON, KATHERINE SARAFIAN, RICH ROSS (CHAIRMAN, THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS), JOHN LASSETER (CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS), MARK ANDREWS, PETE DOCTER, BOB PETERSON, JONAS RIVERA, JOHN WALKER

The Walt Disney Studios presentation on Saturday at the D23 Expo proved to be the most jam-packed of all the panels and events at the show (and was also the hardest to get into, as even those who lined up two hours before did not make it in). Featuring sneak peeks at the various films coming from Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures and Animation, and Marvel, all electronic devices (e.g. cameras, laptops) were checked in before attendees were allowed into the arena. However, official images from the event of the directors and the actors talking about their films have been released.  [Read more...]

D23 2011: Pixar Previews Brave With New Plot Details And Clips

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John Lasseter was on hand at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA today to reveal the line-up of animated films coming out of Walt Disney Animation Studios, DisneyToon Studios and, of course, Pixar! Clearly, one of the most anticipated of the lot was next summer’s Brave. The studio took this opportunity to release a few details from the lamp’s next feature, which is its first original story since 2009′s Up. Lasseter brought out producer Katherine Sarafian and the very lively director Mark Andrews (dressed appropriately in a kilt and flowing locks) to talk about production on the 2012 film. Andrews and Sarafian played a montage of clips including scenes from the teaser trailer as well as rough production footage shown for the first time to an audience. Much of it was conceptual footage that needed more work before it can be seen in the final film. They also showed an extended clip from the film. This was the first time an audience outside of the studio was viewing this still-in-progress scene. All of the animation and modeling had not been completed.

Note: If you don’t want to know anything about the film before seeing it for yourself, stop reading here. [Read more...]