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Japanese Trailer for Brave Shows a Ton of New Footage

A lavishly designed and animated fantasy-action family film featuring a combat-ready female protagonist is something of a rarity in American animation, but decidedly not in anime. After all, Hayao Miyazaki‘s Studio Ghibli has been producing fantasy heroines for years, from Nausicaä to Kiki, Princess Mononoke to Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle to The Secret World of Arrietty. So it should come as no surprise that the Japanese trailer for Brave is pretty much like somebody went into the future and the only thing they could bring back was a fanmade trailer for Brave that recut the movie as if Miyazaki himself was in charge.

Also the movie is called Merida and the Frightening Forest.

Or at least it is according to fan-translated subtitles. I, for one, am going to be taking the plot details revealed here with a few grains of salt: it’s a trailer, after all, that’s recut the film to be appealing to a cultural demographic outside it’s intended release audience and translated it into another language, and on top of that it’s been translated back into English. Doubtless some of the stuff in it is absolutely true, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this trailer over or under-emphasizes the importance of some of the plot elements that it describes.

But that doesn’t make the clips of new footage any less new.

(via Bleeding Cool.)


  • K Shorten

    Yo – What? 

    This trailer makes Brave look like Princess Mononoke as set in Europe. With tiny bears instead of forest spirits.

    … which I suppose is sort of the point?

    Anyway – cool horseback archery scene!

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see some details on the actual story of the film. 
    So far all the trailers I’ve seen have given very little detail beyond “Disney Princess wants more than her sheltered life allows.”

    Which is pretty much the basis for every Disney Princess story.  For all intents and purposes they might as well have just said “The Sky is blue and the water is wet.”

  • Danielle Stanard

    I hope the actual story is very different from this, this feels like the typical anime story.  “Girl bucks the social order, suffers outrageous consequences, is appropriately regretful, then learns to compromise till she gets only a fraction of what she wanted in the first place.  We call it a happy ending.”

  • Amaya Zhdol

    Perhaps I’m focusing on the wrong thing, but I love how long the Japanese title for Up is when you see it right at the beginning.

  • Åsa M Larsson

    I loved this trailer! Gave me goosebumps. The teasers we’ve seen so far have felt very Disney – this seems exciting.

  • Francesca M

    Still would watch the hell out of it.

  • Adam Whitley

    What animes are you referring to exatly? Surely not naausica because she gets exactly what she wants in the end void of comprimise, and not Sophie in Howl’s moving castle either,nor chihiro from Spirited away she ended up rescuing her parents, Kino in all the kino animes really just wanted to travel and have adventures, which she does, and thats just the start of a very long list.

  • Adam Whitley

    Normally I avoid Disney and Pixar like the plauge with few exceptions, this one though I might just have to see this opening day.

  • Jacquie Crass

    Calling this now: The bear is the original prince, their spirits are the same and shall bond, she reverses the curse that makes him a bear, blah blah, it’s a new Beauty and The Beast with gumption. 

  • Anonymous

     I’ll bet you avoid cliches like the plague too, right?

  • Adam Whitley

    Nope I love those, assholes on the internet though…not so much.

    Also it’s a figure of speech, cliches are used for works of fiction. Good try though.

  • Adam Whitley

    Only if he’s grumpy, otherwise its the princess and the frog with white people.

  • Zurui Kitsune

     Why can’t a bear just be a bear?

  • Amber Barnes

    God I hope not. The less romance in this story, the better. I want this to be about Merida and her alone, not who she marries.

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  • Anonymous

     I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get back to you.  “Cliches are used for works of fiction” surely deserved a response before now.



  • Anonymous

    For various reasons, I decided to deliberately spoil the plot for myself a while ago and poked around on Google to see what I could find.  From what I read, this story won’t be going in that direction.