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VIDEO: Triple Play, A Side Story To Pixar’s Brave

This is not a clip from Brave, but a side story, featuring Merida’s family and some of the supporting cast. I wonder if there’s any more of these “extra scenes” to come? This was certainly a lot nicer than the spoof commercials that the studio has been releasing lately. We’re less than ten hours away […]

New TV Spot For Brave Throws Some Fresh Elements Into The Cauldron

Look closely and you’ll divine some bits and pieces of where Pixar’s Brave will be heading in its later sequences. Pay less attention and you’ll still see some ideas that were kept out of the main, theatrical trailers – there’s even a bit of Julie Walters’ largely secret but thoroughly instrumental old witch character here, […]

Brave Clip Called Tart Thieves Offers Up A Sweet Pie Heist

This clip is short and to the point, and shows off the silent comedy stylings of Pixar’s Brave, one of its hitherto undersold aspects of appeal. There’s a lot more to Brave than the trailers have let on. I’ve yet to see how it all resolves, but pending a good pay-off, I think this is […]

Another Trailer For Pixar’s Brave, And A Nice New Clip Too

I wrote a few words about Pixar’s Brave for Bleeding Cool magazine at the end of last week. Not many words, mind, but a little something about the thirty-minute preview of the film I saw last month. Basically, I was saying that it looks really great. And a bit like a Ghibli film. This new […]

Splendid New Japanese Trailer And Poster For Brave

The Japanese trailer for Brave features lots of new footage, hints of several new plot elements, and some really breathtaking shots. Their new poster is nothing to be sniffed at either. And… judging from these, it seems that film is being called Merida in Japan. That promo seems to confirm a number of rumours about […]


Behind The Scenes Of Pixar’s Brave – Swords, Kilts And A Nice Lie Down

The making of Pixar’s Brave seems to have involved some lovely field trips, a bit of sword fighting and archery practice, and having a nice bowl of cheerios while wearing a kilt. I’m sure there were also some heated discussions in the sweatbox, a lot of hunching over computer monitors and several fiery sessions during […]

Characters Revealed (And Re-Revealed) On Pixar Brave Game Cards

Some of these images we’ve seen before, most we have not. What is particularly interesting is the inclusion of “Young” versions of the Lords, suggesting either flashback sequences or some kind of de-aging magic. UPDATE: Or just younger characters. They’re the sons, not the same people. I’m going to blame this memory lapse on the […]

It’s Here! New Trailer For Pixar’s Brave

They’ve recently been teasing us with images from their new animated film Brave, but now Pixar have finally released the new trailer for the film, a sort of fairy tale about a rebellious princess called Merida who screws the pooch in her quest for independence and subsequently plunges her entire kingdom into a chaos that she […]

First Image Of Merida From Pixar’s Brave

Here she is, in all her glory – the heroine of Pixar’s first female-led narrative, the Scotland-set folktale, Brave. This is the Princess Merida, as voiced by Kelly MacDonald. Disney Pixar France also provided this wider-framed version of the image. And here’s a concept art rendition of much the same thing: If you recall, the […]


Concept Art And Casting Switcheroo For Pixar’s Brave – HI-RES UPDATE

Reese Witherspoon is out, and Kelly MacDonald is in. That’s not copy for a celeb magazine’s Hot or Not “thermometer of the week”, it’s the casting news on Pixar’s upcoming folk-tale, Brave. And it’s not the first big switcheroo the film has seen, either. The project swapped directors last year, with Brenda Chapman leaving and […]

Brenda Chapman Won’t Get To Direct Pixar’s Brave

Rumour has it Disney/Pixar have done it again. It’s believed that yet another director intended to helm one of their features has been withdrawn from the line-up mid-stream. It happened part-way through on both Ratatouile and Cars 2, while Newt got canned outright before production even began, but some years after it was officially announced. […]

Pixar Reveals Official Brave Logotype, Easter Eggs Intact

As revealed via their Facebook page, the official logotype for Pixar’s Brave is now considerably less wonky than it was a couple of weeks ago. At this resolution you can quite easily make out a couple of easter eggy touches. There, in the vertical elements of the B and the E are representations of two […]

Teaser Poster For Pixar’s Brave Gives Summer 2012 Release Date

Once upon a time, Pixar’s Brave, formerly The Bear and the Bow, was set for release in late 2011. For whatever reason, this has now been delayed until the summer of 2012. Torture. Brenda Chapman’s film will be both the first Pixar film to have a woman in charge behind the scenes, and also to […]