Pixar has shown over the years that it’s been able to come up with amazing stories no matter the subject matter. However, with its newly-announced ‘Brave’, will the studio be able to tell a princess fairy tale story that doesn’t feel too much like the work of Disney Animation?
Unlike its parent company, Pixar is sticking to its guns by not just re-making an old fairy tale. ‘Brave’ is reported to be a brand new, original fairy tale story complete with a princess heroine. The folks at Pixar do amazing things when they sit down to think up their own stories. Hopefully, ‘Brave’ carries on with those expectations.
According to Entertainment Weekly, ‘Brave’ will be about Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald. (Reese Witherspoon was going to do the voice until she had to pull out due to scheduling issues.) Merida lives in a “mystical” version of the Scottish Highlands. A few actors have already been announced, such as Billy Connolly as King Fergus and Emma Thompson as Queen Elinor. Other voice actors include Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, and Julie Walters.
‘Brave’ will be directed by Pixar alum Mark Andrews (who was nominated for an Oscar for his short ‘One Man Band’) and Brenda Chapman (who worked on ‘The Prince of Egypt’). It’s a bit strange not seeing one of the Pixar notables in the director’s chair. There’s no mention of Lasseter, Docter, or Stanton. If anything, that’s what scares me the most. Yes, I know that those three are probably working in some capacity on this movie, but we’ll see if it makes a difference in the final product.
Pixar has set itself such lofty expectations that we now expect every one of its movies to be genius. I’m hoping that ‘Brave’ is the same, but I also wonder if it’s too similar to the stories that Disney tells over and over. Will Pixar be able to put its own unique spin on the fairy tale story? You’ll have to wait until 2012 to see, but that shouldn’t stop you from expressing your opinion on this in the Comments. Are you excited for Pixar to take on a fairy tale of its own making?
In the meantime, here are a few concept art renderings of what the movie will look like.
Photo Credits: Disney – Pixar