Tidbits about Disney’s Brave

1. Brave was originally announced in April 2008 as The Bear and the Bow. Other titles were also considered like The Bear King and his Daughter, Brave and the Bow, and Bravehair. This is the first animated film from Pixar to feature a female main character, Princess Merida, a strong-willed heroine.

2. Reese Witherspoon was the original voice actor for Merida, the protagonist of the film, but due to scheduling issues had to decline the offer. Witherspoon was replaced by Scottish actress, Kelly Macdonald.

3. The voice for the guard is none other than John Ratzenberger using a Scottish accent. Ratzenberger has been cast in every Pixar film to date because Pixar has dubbed him “their good luck charm”.

4. Brave will be the first film to be released with the Dolby Atmos sound format, developed by Dolby to create a more lifelike sound.

5. Several members of the production crew went to Eilean Donan and Dunnottar Castles, and the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis, which inspired the circle of standing stones that appears in the film.
6. Animators took weapons class consisting of the weapons shown on the film to get a better understanding of how the weapons worked, some animators even went to archery classes.

7. Did you know that the animators are so committed that on Fridays, the animators had to wear kilts as part of their work routine.

8. Brave will be the first Pixar fairytale created. Which is set in the kingdom of DunBroch, during the 10th century.

9. Brave will have a special tribute to Steve Jobs in its closing credits.

10. The film, Pixar’s first fairy tale, is a combination of Brenda Chapman’s love of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, and the reflection on raising her daughter. Brenda Chapman, who was the first female director, was suddenly replaced in October 2011 by Mark Andrews, however, both Chapman and Andrews will be credited as the movie’s directors.

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