Here it is, your first look at Pixar’s next major project.
This official teaser trailer for Brave doesn’t really give anything away, except that it’s set in Scotland and that the lead character appears to be a fiery red headed female Celt. The film’s synopsis reads:
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
We could make a snide comment about Hollywood and their stereotypical view of Scotland but we can’t, because the film looks gorgeous and for once they’ve included a cast of genuine Scots. Apparently the lead character Merida, (who will be Pixar’s first ever leading female character), was slated to be voiced by actress Reese Wetherspoon but due to scheduling difficulties declined and the role was given to Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald instead. Reese Wetherspoon with a Scottish accent? Dodged a bullet there, Pixar.