With Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer and Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, there are a number of epic fantasy films hitting theaters next summer, but one I’m looking forward to most is a little different. Coming from Pixar, whose last two films have been part of a franchise (Toy Story 3 and Cars 2), they are getting back in the game of original properties with their release of their fantasy animation Brave.
Previously titled The Bear and the Bow, the film is directed by Mark Andrews (who helmed the Pixar short One Man Band), Brave features Princess Merida (Kelly MacDonald), Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), The Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and Lord MacIntosh (Craig Ferguson). The first trailer we got was simply a tease of the world and animation style, but now a full-length one has arrived from DisneyPixar, which can be seen below.
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).
Brave hits theaters June 22nd, 2012.
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