Pixar’s BRAVE Japanese Trailer and Poster

Thanks to my pal Ted who tweeted me about this one. By now you’ve likely seen the US trailer for this latest Pixar animated feature, which is more whimsical in nature. But this Japanese version reveals a lot more footage and definitely a much darker tone.

Check it out:


This looks more in the vein of Hayao Miyazaki’s work for Studio Ghibli which churned out quite a bit of fantasy heroines such as Princess Monokone and the recently-released The Secret World of Arrietty. So it’s definitely much closer to those in spirit than the fluffier Disney’s Princess films. I have a feeling this film will perhaps appeal more to adults than little kiddies.

The TV spot that Castor posted last month shows a bit more serious side of the film, so I’m guessing perhaps Pixar’s next US trailer will reveal the more solemn, mystical tone as well? So I guess this is more akin to the brooding Snow White and the Huntsman than the droll Mirror, Mirror, which is the two upcoming Snow White adaptations coming out later this year. After all, the full synopsis did promise us a story of epic battles and mystical legends for the Princess Merida. Her fighting spirit certainly matches that of her fiery red hair!

I also like the Japanese poster that shows more of that frightening forest, which is fitting as in Japan this movie is called Merida and the Frightening Forest. Not sure if that is the official title for that market or it’s more of a case of lost in translation 🙂 One thing for sure, I’m glad that this doesn’t look like it’s another Princess trying to find his soul-mate type of story, at least I hope that bear won’t suddenly turn into a prince!

BRAVE is scheduled to hit US theaters on June 22, 2012


Well, what do you think of this trailer folks?

THIS JUST IN! Pixar’s BRAVE first trailer

Yet another trailer post in a week? Another fairy tale, no less. Well, normally I reserve only one trailer post per week but this one just can’t wait, folks!

As you know, I LOVE Pixar’s movies and I grew up watching those Disney fairy tales. With this 13th feature film, we’ve got Pixar’s first foray into fairy tale territory with BRAVE. You’ve perhaps seen the initial pics and poster, and I’ve also reported that Scottish composer Patrick Doyle is doing the score, so now behold the first trailer:


Here’s the official story per Pixar’s official site:

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous 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 Witch (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.

This trailer looks good!! Princess Merida looks sooo adorable with her fiery red hair and I have a thing for anything Scottish and the lush Highland setting is gorgeous! The visuals reminds me a bit of How to Train Your Dragon somehow, as I said to Castor when additional stills were released. Once again I ask, why aren’t Gerry Butler in this?? 😀 His pal Craig from HTTYD is part of the cast after all, and he once played Billy Connolly’s brother in Mrs. Brown.

Anyway, I can’t wait for this one. With the talents involved and how this looks visually, I can’t imagine I’ll be disappointed. So it’s about 8-month wait until it’s released on June 22, 2012.


What say you, folks? Are you as excited for this as I am?

Patrick Doyle to score Pixar’s BRAVE – Five fave music from the Scottish composer

The Scottish love affair in Pixar’s upcoming 3D adventure continues. As you’ve seen in the trailer and poster, the fairy tale story is set in ancient Scotland about a feisty Scottish princess. The film already boast a stellar cast of talents from that neck of the woods, and now, Pixar has commissioned a renowned Scottish composer Patrick Doyle to score the project. I’m a huge fan of his work so this is fabulous news indeed!

Mr. Doyle may not be a household name like John Williams, John Barry, Hans Zimmer or Ennio Morricone, but chances are you are familiar with his lush, beautiful music. Just a bit of info from IMDb on the 58-year-old Glaswegian composer: Born in 1953, outside Glasgow, Doyle studied music at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and graduated in 1975. He is a now a Fellow of the RSAMD. In 1987, Patrick joined the Renaissance Theatre Company as composer and musical director. He’s scored about 40+ feature films since his breakthrough with Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V in 1989. He’s frequently collaborated with the Irish filmmaker/actor since then, with THOR being their latest one.

According to The Scotsman, Doyle has already penned a drinking song for Billy Connolly, who is voicing the film’s Scottish king. The project is “very much work in progress”, and sounds like it’s a project close to his heart. His research has included trips to the Hebrides to listen to unaccompanied Gaelic psalm singing, and he has played recordings of the haunting sound to the film’s producers. Not sure how much of the bagpipes sounds we’ll hear in the score, he’s quoted as saying “I want to make it accessible but to honour the Celtic traditions if I can… I could possibly use the bagpipes as a drone or something that gives atmosphere, but I will resist instantly using them until I see what’s going on … they are extremely loud.” Whatever it will be, I trust that it’ll sound wonderful!! Oh, and I learned from the article that BRAVE’s director Mark Andrews got the inspiration to set the film in Scotland after he honeymooned there with his wife.

In honor of Mr. Doyle, here’s five of my favorite music from his collection:

Sense & Sensibility

I have the CD in my car and play this one often. I love this scene when the song is played as Elinor teared up listening to Marianne’s playing their father’s favorite on the piano. This soundtrack was nominated for an Oscar, I really think it should’ve picked up the award.

Great Expectations

It’s been a long time since I saw this movie but I remember liking the score… and Ethan Hawke. This one is one of the most memorable ones.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

I think this one could be my favorite Harry Potter movie so far because it’s the most romantic as well as heartbreaking. The scene of Cedric Diggory’s death is such a tearjerker!


NIM’s Island

I didn’t realize Doyle had worked on this movie until recently. I wonder if he knew Gerry Butler as they’re both from Glasgow? I quite enjoyed this family-friendly adventure with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, Butler played a dual role of an Indiana Jones’ type fictional hero written by Jodie’s character, as well as Abigail’s scientist dad.

THOR

As I said in my review, I love, love, love the movie’s score. I saw the movie twice this past Spring and the second time around I love the music even more. I’m hoping he’ll get some award nominations for this amazing work.


I’m even more excited about BRAVE now, if that is even possible! 😀 So, are you a fan of Mr. Doyle’s work? And while we’re at it, who is your favorite film composer(s)?

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?

THIS JUST IN! First look at Pixar’s first female protagonist in ‘BRAVE’

Finally! After releasing a dozen feature films with all male protagonists, Pixar’s 13th feature film will have a female heroine! And not just an ordinary girl, she is a Scottish princess called Mérida.


Photo courtesy of BleedingCool

Ooooh, a spunky redhead who rivals Robin Hood with her bow and arrow? I like her already! 😀 There’s a lot of milestones associated with this project… this is going to be Pixar’s first fairy tale story, conceived by animation filmmaker Brenda Chapman who was originally going to be Pixar’s first director, but now she’s listed as co-director with Mark Andrews. Chapman envisioned the concept to be in the vein of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales.

Here’s the premise per Wikipedia:

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Mérida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh, and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall.

Back in March, EW.com has released some concept art from the project, such as the two below:

The voice cast is appropriately Scottish: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, and Craig Ferguson. First reaction: Where is Sean Connery and Gerry Butler? 😀 Glasgow-born MacDonald replaced Reese Witherspoon due to scheduling conflict and I must say I’m glad she did. A Scottish princess ought to have an authentic Scottish accent! Oh, there is also a bit of a Harry Potter cast reunion as Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane will also provide voices for the film.

I pretty much love anything from Pixar, I think the only one I haven’t seen is Cars, which interestingly enough is the lowest scoring Pixar feature on RottenTomatoes (which is still high at 74%). That is amazing that for the past 16 years, the studio manages to keep a stellar record of producing quality films embraced by critics and audience alike. I have a feeling I’d have to update my Top Five Pixar Characters list after watching this one.

BRAVE is set for release in Summer 2012 and the teaser trailer will be released along with Cars 2 next month. I really can’t wait for this!


What do you think, folks? Are you looking forward to this latest Pixar original feature?