'Brave' trailer shows a battle for the hand of heroine Merida (+video)(Read article summary)
'Brave' will be the first Pixar film to feature a female main character
Pixar animation will try its hand at telling an original princess fairy tale with this summerâs Brave, a Celtic-themed fable that chronicles the adventures of the independent-minded Princess Merida (voiced by Boardwalk Empireâs Kelly Macdonald), whose âimpetuousâ behavior and manner forever changes life in the mystical Scottish highlands.
The new full-length theatrical promo for Brave isnât so much a trailer as it is an extended clip; it encompasses a scene where the firstborn sons of the kingdomâs three lords attempt to prove their talent with a bow and arrow, so as to win Meridaâs hand in marriage. Naturally, the feisty flaming-haired princess (whoâs got some mad archery skills herself) decides to take matters into her own hands.
Check out that new trailer for Brave below:
While the âgrrrl powerâ aspect and female empowerment metaphor of BraveÂ play pretty heavy-handed in this new footage (Merida must break loose from the confines of her dress â get it?) the official synopsis suggests this Pixar flick will amount to more than simply another âmodernizedâ spin on the stereotypical Disney princess coming-of-age storyline.
Brave will focus heavily on Meridaâs transition from unruly teenager to mature young adult, no doubt, but the stakes are going to pretty high as the fate of the princessâ kingdom depends on her ability to âundo a beastly curse.â Similarly, the obstacles in Meridaâs path sound more dangerous and threatening than, say, an evil step-mother who ultimately proves to be a pretty neurotic and powerless foe (a la Tangled or the upcoming Mirror Mirror).
Thatâs all to say: thereâs good reason to suspect that BraveÂ boasts a more complex and sophisticated narrative than early trailers might have you think. Even if that doesnât turn out to be the case the film still looks like another solid family-friendly offering from the computer animation powerhouse, complete with some gorgeously detailed visuals and memorable characters.
Brave will arrive in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.