Preview of 2012 - Brave
- Niki Boyle
- 6 January 2012
Pixar’s highland fling has a lot of heart
After dropping the ball with Cars 2 last summer – the only one of their 12 feature-length releases so far to have been deemed a bit lacklustre – the award-winning animation house will be looking to score big again with Brave.
Set in the misty and mysterious Scottish Highlands, the film tells the story of Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a flame-haired princess who rebels against the staid traditions of her clan elders. As ever with Disney-backed releases, some seemingly insurmountable challenge presents itself (in this case a witch’s curse – very Macbeth), and Merida must rely on her strength of character to see her through. While the story may be as old as the hills, it does give Pixar another opportunity to render a landscape as beautiful and atmospheric as the Amazonian jungle in Up, or the deep blue vastness of Finding Nemo. The voice talent is top-notch too, with Macdonald joined by Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters and Craig Ferguson.
General release from Fri 22 Jun.