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.)