Brave, a 2012 animated adventure film, will be present by Pixar studies as their thirteenth film, the most recent being Cars 2 in 2011. Set in 10th century Scotland, this Pixar film will be different in that although still aimed at children and younger audiences, it will have a darker theme as it is depicted a fairy tale, a story that generally has more dark undertones.
Set in the most mountainous and rugged regions of Scotland, traditions are defined and a community is uprooted when one little girl has the talent, and audacity, to challenge century old customs. Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald), the daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) , decides that her talent as an archer should not go to waste, joining in competition and defying scared tradition.
This is seen as betrayal and sends the kingdom into utter chaos, angering the three lords of the village. When Merida begins to realize that her rebellious nature has grave consequences, she turns to the eccentric Wise Woman (Julie Walters) for advice, but is faced with even more problems as a curse is put on her, one she must life if she wants to save herself and her village.
Directed by Mark Andrews, Brave looks to be another Pixar masterpiece. Pixar will be looking to top their most recent critical success, Toy Story 3, which became the highest grossing animated film of all time. Once again, as mainstream America picks up on the dark themes embedded into our children’s stories, look for movies like this emerge more frequently, and if we’re lucky, we’ll get a few good movies out of it.