Release Date: 22 June, 2012

Genre: Animation (With Billy Connolly, Kelly Macdonald & Emma Thompson)

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures


For all Pixar’s success — a dozen straight hits earning a total of $7.2 billion worldwide and 40 Oscar nominations — there remains one thing the animation giant has yet to produce: a feature with a female lead. That finally changes with the medieval fantasy epic Brave, starring a red-haired Scottish teenager named Merida (voiced by Boardwalk Empire‘s Kelly Macdonald).

Merida isn’t just another Disney princess. Though she’s the daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), she resists all efforts to marry her off to one of three suitors from nearby clans. ”She wants to be in charge of her own destiny,” says codirector Mark Andrews, ”and to say she rocks the boat is an understatement.” Instead of exchanging vows, Merida seeks the help of a witch (Julie Walters) and ends up endangering the entire kingdom. Luckily, she’s a fierce warrior — which makes her stand apart from most animated heroines.

”It’s funny to think about Merida being in a Disneyland parade,” says Macdonald. ”I can just imagine her skulking behind all the other princesses, wishing she was off on her horse somewhere.” In addition to horseback riding, Merida can climb, wield a sword, and use a bow and arrow, making her a relative of sorts to The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen. According to Andrews, though, Katniss wouldn’t have stood a chance against Merida: ”Nobody would have even gotten to those backpacks.”

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Source: Entertainment Weekly