First Look BRAVE DisneyPixars Next Animated Adventure

Stunning conceptual artwork from Pixar’s next adventure.

Entertainment Weekly has revealed three pieces of concept art from Pixar’s 13th feature-length movie ‘Brave,’ due out June 2012. The Scotland-set adventure will be Pixar’s first movie with a female protagonist, its first fairy tale adventure and will be the first Pixar movie to be co-directed by a woman.

Along with the conceptual artwork, the article reveals that Reese Witherspoon will no longer be voicing Merida, the movie’s tomboyish princess. Merida’s voice will now be provided by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men, Boardwalk Empire).

Set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is 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 figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).

Brave is directed by Mark Andrews (the Oscar-nominated short ‘One Man Band’) and Brenda Chapman (‘The Prince of Egypt’). Chapman conceived of the project, which was initially titled ‘The Bear and the Bow,’ and was supposed to be its sole director — and Pixar’s first female director. But last October, it was reported that Pixar had replaced Chapman with 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.

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