Pixar is going to disappoint us all this summer when that movie comes out, but there may be some hope for the rest of their output over the next couple of years. There’s the unnecessary but whatever-it-could-be-fun Monster’s University, and a project that’s actually original (you know, what they were built on), titled Brave. We’ve heard snippets of info about it since it was first announced, with the most significant release before today being some concept art.

I say “before today” because the first image featirng Merida (Kelly Macdonald) from the movie has just been released, and you can see it right above, as well as some extra material below. It comes from DisneyPixarFrance and the Facebook page for The Art of Disney Animation Fan (via /Film).

Here’s a piece of concept art, with the same image below it:

And here’s a close up of that picture:

Both look rather nice, if you ask me; one thing that’s always been consistent with Pixar is the quality of their animation. Even when they’re making a film version of a merchandising commercial, it would be difficult for even a detractor like myself to deny the visual beauty on display. This is no exception, and I hope that the rest of the movie can live up to just this small preview.

Starring Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane, and directed by Brenda Chapman & Mark Andrews, Brave will see a release on June 22nd, 2012.

Here’s Disney’s synopsis:

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida (Kelly Macdonald) 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).

What do you think of this first image? Are you happy to see Pixar doing another original project?

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