Coming off the near disastrous reception of Cars 2, there is definitely some suspicion that the brilliant minds at Pixar were influenced by an outside force when making their latest film. Their near-perfect streak was ended by an attempt to earn more merchandising profits for parent studio Disney and critics and fans have reacted appropriately. However, it will take a lot more than one bad movie for people to turn their backs on the studio that has released some of the greatest animated films of all-time.
This is why excitement has ramped right back up for their next film, an original story called Brave. This film presents Pixar’s first female protagonist in Merida, a skilled Scottish archer and daughter of the King. With Pixar’s track record it seems almost unfeasible that they would suffer another miss and hopes for Brave deserve to be high. First time director, but longtime Pixar team member Mark Andrews takes the directing chair for this effort and the cast lined up includes Kelly McDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters. The writers are Irene Mecchi and Brenda Chapman who have worked on numerous Disney films including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Hercules.
The Playlist has posted the first teaser trailer for Brave which played before certain screenings of Cars 2 this past weekend. With beautiful animation that looks like a combination of hand-drawn and CGI and a Ginger protagonist that I already love, Brave looks like it could be great.
View the synopsis below and the trailer after that. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments!
The film features Kelly Macdonald as the voice of Merida, a skilled archer and the 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 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 old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
Brave will be in theatres in the U.S. on June 22, 2012.