'Brave' teaser: Pixar's next feature evokes 'Braveheart' and Miyazaki

This weekend, many audiences who’d bought their ticket to Cars 2 were treated to the teaser for Brave, Pixar’s next animated feature (out June 22, 2012), which looks about as different from the hurried rattle and bright din of this summer’s Pixar adventure as one could imagine. As a stirring narrator evokes the spirit of the Scottish highlands, a redheaded warrior — the princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald — rides her steed towards a mysterious collection of ancient-looking stones. The 60-second clip evokes both the 1995 Best Picture winner Braveheart and the work of legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. Check it out below: 

What is waiting for Merida among those mysterious stones could remind many Pixar fans that the film’s earlier title was The Bear and the Bow. According to producer Katherine Sarafian, however, Brave was always the project’s working title. “But we weren’t sure that it would actually last as a title for marketing the film,” she tells EW. “So we pitched it along with a bunch of others. We went through actually a few titles, and ended up coming back to Brave. Once we got it in the final logo form with the stones, it screamed, ‘How could we have any other title?’ It just made sense.”

For more on Brave, its Scottish setting, and historic heroinecheck out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now.

Read more:
‘Brave’ poster: Pixar’s first fairy tale goes ‘darker, more intense’ — FIRST LOOK
Pixar’s ‘Brave’: First Look art — EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

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  • AT

    Who’s the narrator?

    • mr.cheerful

      I’m fairly certain it’s Kevin KcKidd as he voices a character in the movie and also it sounds like him

      • AT

        I think you’re right. Oddly enough, I realize now where I recognized the voice… from Call of Duty. He did the voice work for a Scottish character in that game.

    • alan of montreal

      I thought it was Kevin McKidd right away, too

    • abadstroller

      Gerard Butler?

  • Wha’ever

    Awesome !! It looks pretty dark though… I’m not sure how everyone is going to respond to it… I know I love it already !

  • Jonathan

    YES

  • J

    Does anyone else think Merida looks kinda like Alexis from “Castle”?

    • emi

      more like Juno Temple…

      • alan of montreal

        wow, that’s pretty astute! I can totally see that!

  • rebecca

    AWESOME!!!!

  • chocolateislove

    Looks great! And anything that evokes Miyazaki is on my must-see list.

    • Soup

      totally agree! I am a huge fan of Miyazaki and would love to see some of his influence in any feature film

    • Woot

      Well Pixar and Ghibli love each other so no surprise that they influence each other. They also gave shout outs to each other. Remember the hopping lamp in Spirited Away? Totoro in Toy Story 3? Gosh I love these companies!

      • Lex

        me too!

    • jon

      This article only caught my eye because of its comparison to Miyazaki’s works. I’ve been a huge fan of Ghibli films for the better part of the last decade, so anything that may evoke his themes gets my attention. Of course, I doubt you’ll ever see a Ghibli film being 100% computer animated.

  • Tevor

    It’s nice to see Pixar still cares about more than just selling merchandise.
    Cars 2 has seemed like an obvious cash-grab since the day it was announced.

    • strandedfashionista

      Exactly!

    • Nathan

      For sure, but it’s still hard to hold it against them after all the wonderful work they’ve done over the past 25 years, lesser Pixar is still much better than most animation out there.

  • Liz

    I love this! She looks like a great heroin. Do we know exactly what the storyline is yet?

    • Hugh

      Like heroin? There’s no way she looks like drugs.

      • REW

        I think Liz meant to write “Heroine” but misspelled it. They do sound similar though, heroin and heroine. Makes for a funny pun.

        “My Heroine” “Don’t get addicted”

      • Sharp Nife

        Yes, very “punny.” Looks like she could be the kid daughter of Ron Weasley and Hermione.

  • Nathan

    This looks incredible, can’t wait for summer 2012!

  • Christopher

    Dark is good!

  • Wendy

    Please, God, just not in 3D.

    • Woot

      The fad might come to an end before it’s released (clearly it’s already on its deathbed.)

  • Jane

    I hope it’s good, because that trailer was boring.

    • Henri M.

      How was it boring? Were you expecting them to show half of the movie?

    • Peter

      No kidding. There wasn’t one asplosion or car falling into a toilet!

  • Peter

    Great!

    Though as an aside, I really wish Pixar would do something to change up their characters’ eyes. I think they learned how to do a pretty good eye with Mike Wazowski and then gave up trying to improve it any further.

    • Henri M.

      I think if they tried to make them realistic, it would look a little creepy.

      • Peter

        I don’t mean realistic, though. Just…different. There’s something about the eyes of every single Pixar character with one or more eyeballs that looks the same, whether they’re a fish or a girl warrior. It’s like the way every Disney princess basically looks the same.
        At least the bear here has that glowing thing going for it. I suspect when it gets in the light, though, it will also have Pixar eyes.

      • Altair

        I think it’s to give it a sense of familiarity; once you see the eyes, you immediately know it’s a Pixar cartoon. It’s a little like the Shrek cartoons – all the characters have the same few expressions. Bleuch! Can’t believe I just used Pixar and Shrek in the same comment…

    • abadstroller

      At one point, they did try to make the eyes “more realistic”, but people who saw the “improvement” were a little ooked-out by the new eyes. Which took them right out of fun mode.

      • Peter

        Again, I don’t mean “more realistic” (so I’m not sure why you put that in quotes). Just different. Different character design.

  • lyle

    awesome looking but I hate depicting what appears to be the random arbitrary killing of a bear as something “brave”. Get on your horse and steer clear, little redhead.

    • Jason

      dont be a pu$$y, lyle.

      • lyle

        Ha ha. Good one.

    • Peter

      If the alternative is it eats your a$$, it’s not “arbitrary”.

      • lyle

        There are rarely just the two options (kill or be killed). She rode into the bears area, chose to get off her horse right in front of it. And then…oops!… had to shoot it with an arrow. Not remotely “brave”. Just stupid.

    • Cassie

      Yes because you know the context this is being used in and exactly what happens in the movie. Grow up, and stop your b!tching.

    • Ackerman

      Yes, it was called “the Bow and the Bear’ originally because she kills it right there. Absolutely. Shortest Pixar flick ever…

  • matt

    I love it already.

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