Vintage posters of Disney Princess Movies – in honor of Pixar’s BRAVE teaser poster

Happy Friday, friends!

A few weeks ago I posted some concept art on Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE. Well, now Disney and Pixar has revealed the teaser poster. LOVE it!!

And now we’ve got a teaser trailer, wahoo! I LOVE every minute of it, I’ve watched it three times this morning already 😀 I love the Scottish accent of the narrator, I can’t tell whose it is though, I want to say it’s Craig Ferguson but it could also be Kevin McKidd? Anyway, check it out below:


Here’s the more detailed plot from /Film:

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).

Pixar’s 13th feature film will not only have its first female heroine, it’s also it’s first fairy tale fantasy (check out my review). Oh, and it’s also the first Pixar animated feature with a darker theme, here’s what director Mark Andrew told EW InsideMovies “What we want to get across [with the teaser] is that this story has some darker elements… Not to frighten off our Pixar fans — we’ll still have all the comedy and the great characters. But we get a little bit more intense here.” The mystical looking stones in the background also have some significance according to producer Katherine Sarafian, she’s quoted in the same article as saying that “Those stones are actually a pretty important set in the film… We can’t say what happens there, but they were inspired by an actual location in Scotland that we visited multiple times during our research. It was a very powerful setting for the kind of things we want to have happen in the story.” Oooh, all of this tidbit just amped my excitement tenfold! I’ve always been fascinated by Scottish culture [er… and Scottish men, ahah] and it’s one of those places in the world I still dream of visiting.

So in honor of Scottish Princess Mérida, here’s a look at some awesome vintage Disney ‘Princesses’… Snow White, Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel. My favorite of all is Sleeping Beauty… it’s my all time favorite Disney’s fairy tale feature because of the absolutely magnificent visuals, the wonderful Tchaikovsky’s music, and of course, the most elegant Disney villain, Maleficent.

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So are you excited for BRAVE? And which one of Disney’s fairy tales is your favorite?

33 thoughts on “Vintage posters of Disney Princess Movies – in honor of Pixar’s BRAVE teaser poster

  1. Ted S.

    I was just on rottentomatoes.com and Cars 2 received a 36% rating! I’m sure a lot of eyebrows were raised at Disney and Pixar today. My assumption is Brave will be their main priority for next summer, they don’t want to see that kind of rating again, especially for a Pixar film.

    I’m curious about this film though, hopefully the teaser trailer will be online soon.

    1. Hey Ted, it’s weird that since Cars was the lowest rated at only 70-something % on RT, why did PIxar want to make a sequel for it? If they’re hoping to improve the rating, well it sure backfired didn’t it?

      This one already looks eons better than Cars and perhaps even a notch above some of their best work because of the darker theme. I think the teaser might be out next week since it’s supposed to be shown in front of Cars 2 in the theater.

      1. Ted S.

        Yeah I was surprised they made a sequel to Cars too but then I read that NY Times article about how much money the first film made from merchandise and it’s a no brainer. Money always triumph creativity and I assume they figured they could just release another sub par film yet makes tons of cash at the box office and sell a lot of toys.

      2. Nothing surprising. It’s a very highly profitable franchise due to the merchandising which totals in the $1+ billion in sales. They made it for the money.

  2. The concept for Brave has me interested, can’t wait to see more develop. The throwback posters are gorgeous as well. My favorites are the 2nd Snow White and 2nd Cinderella posters.

    1. Hi Lindsay, welcome to FC! I just checked your site, it’s awesome. I’ll be sure to visit often. Yes, I like the cleaner version of the posters. I also have a thing for fairy dust 😀

  3. I wonder if Merida will become an ‘official’ Disney Princess like Snow White and Cinderella and all the rest and be marketed as such in the future.

    1. Well she’s the first Disney/Pixar Princess, but because of the darker element I’m curious how that’d market that with the more, er wholesome princesses.

  4. I love the ye olde Disney posters, everything was so much easier back then, now everyone is a critic, makes it much more difficult for the producers…

    Oh is that an advert I see Ruth? 😉 hehehe

  5. Always looking forward to new Pixar movies (with Cars 2 being the only exception, although I still want to see it once it is out on DVD).

    The old Disney posters are great, love the “Ablaze with wonders” one, the color scheme looks good.

    1. Hi Nostra, welcome to FC! Yeah, it’s funny, Cars 1 & 2 are the two Pixar stuff I don’t really have any interest in, and they’re the worst reviewed of them all. They still make a ton of money though.

      Yeah, the one w/ Maleficent in the poster is certainly unique. I just love the illustration style for that film!

  6. Hi, Ruth and company:

    The purpose of a movie poster is to tease and tickle the possibilities and make those admiring it want to see the movie. Disney has proven to be a past master of form of sometimes ‘Less is more’ advertisement as depicted with its ‘Brave’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ offerings.

    I’ve no doubt that ‘Brave’ will do well simply for its uniqueness,

    PS: Still think the poster rendered for ‘The Endless Summer’ is one of be best and simplest ever rendered

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060371/combined

    1. Yes, ‘less is more’ is always a good rule of thumb for posters, a bit of mystery can go a long way.

      I’ve never even heard of ‘The Endless Summer’, totally agree the poster is simple yet striking. Thanks for your comment, Jack, always appreciated 😀

  7. Brave sounds really interesting cant wait to see a trailer. My favorite disney fairy tale is definitely The Little Mermaid…I know 90% of the script by heart. I also really love sleeping beauty

    1. I loooove the Little Mermaid. I absolutely adore Sebastian, I bought a stuffed animal of that and I even still use the Little Mermaid beach towel 😀 But my favorite princess will always be Aurora.

    1. I think Pixar has always been able to appeal to both kids and adult but it sounds like w/ BRAVE, they deliberately seem to want to cater to more adult.

  8. The idea of Pixar getting it hands on a Disney-ish fairy tale animation is quite intriguing. I think they also need to try something new after Cars 2 brought them the first lowest reviews score ever.

    1. Yeah, I’m sure the creative people behind that one can’t wait to get this one released to erase all the bad reviews from their memory, ahah. But I bet the producers don’t care about the reviews as it still makes tons of money!

  9. Wonderful vintage posters! I don’t think I’ve seen these before. Love the Snow White poster on the right.

    Thanks for highlighting Pixar’s new film, Ruth. I haven’t heard much about this one but you’re right to show off the poster – what a super, super design. It reminds me of the fantasy children’s novels I used to read or have read to me as a kid.

  10. I’d have to agree with you there Ruth, about Sleeping Beauty, it was one of the films that was rarely out of my parents old top-loading VHS player. I haven’t seen it since I was about ten though, so I should probably reserve my judgement properly until then. Can’t imagine I would like it any less, it is a classic.

    1. You should watch it again, Ronan. I watched some of the clips again after watching Black Swan as I wanted to see something pure and whimsical after that one is done!

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