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Suddenly, Concept Art From Pixar’s Brave

We’re super excited for Pixar’s next original release, Brave, because for the first time in their twenty year history they’re making a movie with a female protagonist. Heck, it might even pass the Bechdel test. (So far at most 3 of Pixar’s 11 features manage this.) So we are super excited to bring you three pieces of concept art from the production, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Brave is the story of Merida, “the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish.”

Also there’s a major character whose name is Lord MacGuffin, so how can we possibly pass that up?

Brave was originally also going to be the first Pixar movie to be written and directed by a woman, namely Brenda Chapman, a veteran of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Rescuers Down Under, and co-director of The Prince of Egypt. But according to EW:

last October, it was reported that Pixar had replaced Brenda Chapman with [Mark] Andrews. Now, although Andrews is presently in charge of guiding Brave across the finish line, both Andrews and Chapman will be credited as the movie’s directors, according to a Disney spokesman.

Oh, and yes, these were the biggest pictures available. Yes, we’re just as frustrated as you are.

Oh, and by the way, one of the standing stones in that top picture isn’t a standing stone. When you see it…

(via Bleeding Cool.)

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  • Kate Falanga

    Why do I think that “Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom.” has something to do with not following the typical gender role of her culture which somehow turns out to be the right thing to do in the end despite the turmoil it caused?

    Pixar usually delivers but I hope gender roles aren’t an issue in this. I kind of wish a hero could just be a hero no matter the what flavor of sexy bits they got.

  • Anonymous

    When I was younger, I received the book “The Art of the Lion King” as a gift. I’ve wanted to be a concept artist ever since, but have managed to squelch this under real-life considerations. Thanks for reminding me, dammit!

  • Nicole Hazen

    Yeah…that thought had crossed my mind as well, but I love Pixar and hope they keep it just fun and simple.

    I have to admit I also saw similarities to Eve eating the apple. The whole “woman brought on the darkness of the earth” kinda thing. But of course, haven’t see the movie yet.

  • Cahi

    Nope. SPOILER ALERT: She kills a bear that turns out to either be sacred or magic and manages to get cursed. If she doesn’t fix her mistake and take responsibility (the theme of the movie), the curse overtakes her and she dies. (From wikipedia.)

  • Nicole Hazen

    Thank you! That sounds cool and just standard so WOOT! Can’t wait to see this.

  • Kate Falanga

    Thanks! I should have kept the Pixar faith!

  • Cahi

    @ Nicole and Kate: You’re welcome. :) Glad to know that obsessive research about animation teams pays off somehow. :D

  • Kat Valliant

    I’d recommend reading the book Wishcraft by Barbara Sher. It’s old, but my mom used it to give her the – uh, gumption? Strength? – to open a toy store when I was a kid. I’m using it now to work on getting a concept job myself. :D

  • Anonymous

    Hey, thanks for the recommendation, I’ll check it out.

  • Nellyc95

    Am I the only person getting reminded of “the secret of kells”?