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New Brave Images Show Merida’s Swordplay Skills

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

We’ve been witnessing Princess Merida’s skill with a bow for a while (and even seen a real-life redhead doing the same) but now we know she’s a very well-rounded lady. Disney-Pixar released two new stills from Brave that show she’s also quite good at swordfighting. Hit the jump for the other new shot. 

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of bows and arrow and swords so combine that with the fact that I already have Merida hair and these new pictures have me doing the Kermit flail.

You’ll also take note of the bear in the background of this one. The film was called Bear and the Bow for a while but we recently found out that wasn’t actually the original title like we previously thought. “The title from the very beginning was Brave, so Bear and the Bow was actually a later detour and then we came back to Brave,” said producer Katherine Sarafian. “I think we are being careful not to give away too much about what happens later in the film, but I think we are teasing it when you see shots of bears and chases. There’s big action and we are trying to tease that, so people know that they are going to be getting a lot of different stuff.”

Our own Susana has a theory on the bears, which I’ll put under our handy spoiler tag in case you don’t want to read it. Susana thinks the bears are actually Merida’s family bewitched under some curse or spell and I think there’s a good chance she’s right.

Brave stars the voices of Kelly MacdonaldEmma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, and Julie Walters and opens June 22nd.

(via Collider)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."