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30 August, 2013

Medievally Speaking reviews Disney-Pixar's Brave

Leila K. Norako recently reviewed Disney/Pixar's Brave (2012) for Medievally Speaking:

Brave — Pixar’s first period film — garnered wide acclaim upon its release in June, 2012. It won both an Academy Award and a BAFTA award for best animated film and was nominated for ten Annie awards (it won for production design and animated effects). Set in medieval Scotland, it tells the story of a headstrong princess, Merida, and her mother, Queen Elinor, and how the two find common ground through a difficult (and supernatural) adventure. Brenda Chapman, one of Pixar’s directors, pitched the initial idea for the story, having been inspired by her “feisty” and “opinionated” six-year-old daughter [1]. The goal, however, was to create a folktale that would appeal to both girls and boys (hence the ambiguous title [2]). And, given the shared Scottish heritage of the co-directors (Chapman and Mark Andrews), the team decided to set their folktale in that land’s distant and mythical past. ...