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Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

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Merida (voice)
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Fergus (voice)
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Elinor (voice)
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The Witch (voice)
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Lord Dingwall (voice)
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Lord Macintosh (voice)
Sally Kinghorn ...
Maudie (voice)
Eilidh Fraser ...
Maudie (voice)
Peigi Barker ...
Young Merida (voice)
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Young Macintosh (voice)
Steve Purcell ...
The Crow (voice)
Callum O'Neill ...
Wee Dingwall (voice)
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Martin (voice)
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Storyline

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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Change your fate.


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Rated PG for some scary action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 June 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bear and the Bow  »

Box Office

Budget:

$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$66,323,594 (USA) (22 June 2012)

Gross:

$237,282,182 (USA) (11 January 2013)
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Trivia

The film has faced several "controversies" upon its release, the first being that despite not wanting to get married to a prince, Merida was still made an official Disney princess which many people considered something of a hypocritical contradiction to the film's moral. It was also criticized for being a fairy tale film made by Pixar, not by the in-house Disney animation, and many long time Pixar fans saw this as further evidence that after being bought by Disney that Pixar had "sold out" and was now just Disney's tool for marketing and merchandising productions. The biggest but also most frivolous controversy was that because of her rebellious and tomboyish nature and her refusal to be in a relationship with a "prince or boy", many conservatives believed the character Merida was written as a lesbian. Disney and Pixar have denied this controversy on the grounds that Merida was more a strong independent girl who was meant to break age old stereotypes of girls and princesses but never intended to be a female homosexual character. See more »

Goofs

After Mor'du gets crushed by a large piece of stone, and the sun is rising, Merida removes the tapestry from Angus to place over her mother, who is still a bear, in hope to break the spell. Angus also appears to be in the circle of stones, yet, in the shot that views everyone in the circle of stones from above, Angus is nowhere in sight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Queen Elinor: Where are you? Come out! Come out! Come on out! I'm coming to get you!
Queen Elinor: [young Merida laughs as she hides under the table] Where are you, you little rascal? I'm coming to get you!
Queen Elinor: [Elinor looks under the table but Merida quickly moves to hide somewhere else] Hmm. Where is my little birthday girl, hm? I'm going to gobble her up when I find her!
Queen Elinor: [Merida comes up behind Elinor and goes to run away but Elinor catches her] Eat you!
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Crazy Credits

When Mor'du is killed towards the end of the film he turns into a will o' the wisp and we realise that they are the spirit of the dead. During the credits a will o' the wisp appears over the credit "dedicated with love and gratitude to Steve Jobs, our partner, mentor and friend." See more »

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Soundtracks

Noble Maiden Fair
Music by Patrick Doyle
Lyrics by Patrick Neil Doyle
Performed by Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker
Gaelic translation by Donald MacLeod
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A Great Movie.. But not 'Pixar' Great...
22 June 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I am a great fan of Pixar studios, so I'm trying to be as unbiased as I can while writing this review. Brave sure does mark a comeback to Pixar. After Cars 2, many thought that the beloved animation studio lost its vibe and magic, but this movie proves everyone wrong. I mean it. Pixar is back. But... The movie is not extra-ordinary or marvelous like Up or Wall-e. Its great, but not in a 'Pixar' kind of way. But then again, the movie is much different from the usual Pixar style of movie-making, which might be the reason why I made the previous point.

Firstly, the visuals. I mean, come on, no one beats Pixar when it comes to Animation and visual effects. And this time, the studio has really outdone itself. Brave should probably be the greatest animation work of Pixar up to date. The Characters, the ancient Scotland, the Artwork, the Scenery, you name it. It was splendid. Even the voices were perfectly cast. Kelly McDonald was very convincing as Merida and so was the case with everyone else. Also, I loved the way she spoke in her Scottish accent.

Talking about the story, it sounded more like a Disney story than a Pixar one. It was, of course, the darkest Pixar tale so far and even the jokes got a little matured this time around. And I have to say this, though. The message the movie gives about freedom and family was very good. You may not actually appreciate it and get impressed as soon as you see it but once you see the movie and after a while you think of it, you'll start liking it. It did happen to me.

I only have a few things against the movie, the first one being that the studio didn't reach its previous standards of story-telling. The second one was the pace, which was alright for most of the movie except for at the beginning of the second half. Also, I must have raised my expectations dramatically after watching the trailers, so probably I did get a little disappointed. But nevertheless, the movie is without doubt, a very good movie. Only, it's neither the best nor the worst of Pixar films. It dangles somewhere in the middle of the list.

Also, there was a very beautiful short movie called La Luna at the beginning of the movie. By the way, 'If you had the chance to change you fate, would you?' This line is kind of cool. Who knew? You might find it useful someday.


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