Here’s the first official look at Pixar and Walt Disney’s new movie Brave and it’s crammed to the gunnels with Scottishness.
Even though pretty much every sterotype is on display here it’s refreshing to hear actors with genuine accents, Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane and Kevin McKidd and for the first time the lead character is ginger, which in our humble opinion, is long overdue. The story itself is all about the following:
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 (Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (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 (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (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.
No real departure from Disney here with the traditional female character trying to break free of age old male dominance and constraints and looks a little too similar in parts to How To Train Your Dragon. Some critics have suggested that the style of animation leaves characters looking a little flat and translucent…eh, have you ever been to Scotland?
Brave is released next summer.