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Pixar’s next release: Brave…and very feisty
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Scotland and Pixar are not a likely marriage, but that’s all set to change with the new animation, Brave, due out later this year.

For the first time in Pixar film, there is a girl (Merida) as the heroine and protagonist. This new but not unexpected development appears to be part of a growing trend. Over the last few months, there’s been some debate about Hollywood becoming more feminist, or female-friendly at the very least as this new production is hot on the heels of Tangled and the Twilight franchise. It’s hard not to notice the irony when we’ve had the ageism and TV furore kick off again in the UK this week with Rowan Atkinson, the BBC and Miriam O’Reilly.

So sexual politics aside, this looks like it will be very entertaining. The flame-haired Merida is voiced by one of my favourite actresses Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting, Boardwalk Empire) and the cast is mostly British, well Scottish actually. Enjoy the clip, it’s pretty funny – no points for spotting who Billy Connolly is though.

Here’s more about the movie for you film and animation buffs

Rating: TBC UK Release Date: 17 August 2012
Scotland Release Date: 3 August 2012

Directors: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Producer: Katherine Sarafian

Voice talent: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane

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 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 humour that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. Brave will open in Scottish cinemas on August 3, and UK cinemas on August 17, 2012.

A grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor, “Brave” uncovers a new tale in the mysterious Highlands of Scotland where the impetuous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos, forcing her to discover the meaning of true bravery before it’s too late.

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