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"Change your fate."

Brave is Pixar's 13th film, featuring their first journey into the Fantasy genre (of the Fairy Tale kind), and their first female lead protagonist. It tells the tale of a Rebellious Princess named Mérida in the mythical Scottish Highlands who defies a sacred custom, bringing turmoil to the kingdom. She takes action herself, sports a bow and arrow, and goes on an adventure with the king's three lords to right her wrongs.

Used to be called The Bear and the Bow while in development, and also used to be helmed by Pixar's first female director, Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt), but she was replaced by story artist Mark Andrews and Steve Purcell. She will still have co-directing credit.

The film came out June 22, 2012. The teaser trailer can be viewed here. The full trailer can be seen here, as well as one of the film's publicly released scenes here.

Brave provides examples of:

 Mark Andrews: It's actually a non-period in Scotland ... Between the 8th and the 12th centuries.

  • Misplaced Wildlife: In the trailer you can hear a red-tail hawk, found in California but not in Scotland.
  • The Mockbuster: Kiara the Brave.
  • Most Writers Are Male: John Lasseter on why Pixar hasn't had a female Main Character before: "We're a bunch of guys."
  • Never Trust a Trailer: So far none of the promos have shown what the actual consequences of Mérida's wish for freedom really are. Some of the The Merch, on the other hand, includes toys of Elinor and the Triplets that transform into bears.
  • No Flow in CGI: Averted. The hair of various characters are animated realistically and have their own movements.
  • Not This One, That One: Mérida and her parents assume the big strong guy Lord Dingwall is pointing at is his son (and one of her possible suitors), when he's really pointing at the scrawny kid standing behind him.
  • Orange-Blue Contrast: The movie poster, pictured above.
  • Parody Commercial: "Kilt. Are you man enough to wear one?"
    • "Royalty Records presents 19 of the greatest bagpipe hits ever collected on one LP! Freedom Broch!"
  • Race Against the Clock: Mérida has a limited amount of time to break the curse before it's too late (most likely it's a Celestial Deadline).
  • Ravens and Crows: The Witch seems to have one as a familiar.
  • Recurring Extra: The Hunk from clan Dingwall.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Mérida's family seems pretty active for royalty.
  • Rule of Three: The Three Lords, the three failing suitors, and Mérida's identical triplet brothers that only she's able to tell apart.
  • Scenery Porn: Pixar is animating the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Just look at the concept art.
  • Shown Their Work: According to this article, regarding archery.
  • Standard Hero Reward: A contest is set up for the hand of Mérida as part of tradition. Mérida does not approve. She gets out of it by competing in the contest for her own hand. She wins.
  • Stealth Pun: ACXIII. [1]
  • Tomboy Princess: Merida, in spades.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: As beautiful as the "Mother's Day" trailer is, the trailer may have given away a few of the ending shots of the film at the tail end of it.
    • Several movie tie-in books are getting released before the movie itself, too. Do not read them unless you want the movie completely spoiled.
  • Unwitting Aesop of Doom: The Aesop of this movie (that Merida needs to learn to solve her problems peacefully and with diplomacy) ends up causing major damage in Once Upon a Time, since the sons of the Lords launch an attack on the kingdom (at the same time that King Arthur and the Black Swan are wrecking havoc), and Merida has been so dulled by the Aesop of this movie that she constantly relies on the Bear Potion to deal with threats. Once someone switches the Bear Potion with water, Merida picks up her bow once again and never lets go of it, undoing the Aesop of this movie.  


  1. Hint, it's a Roman Numeral version of A113, a common Pixar Easter Egg.
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