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Get a first look at art from Pixar's upcoming fairy tale Brave

Mar. 28, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Much was made of Pixar's decision to fire its first female director, Brenda Chapman, off the film she had written and developed, THE BEAR AND THE BOW. But Pixar was not happy with how the film was coming along and felt the project needed a fresh take. So Chapman was let go (she subsequently left Pixar and is rumored to be working at DreamWorks) and Mark Andrews (Pixar's "One Man Band") took over directing a revamped project now titled BRAVE.

And Chapman wasn't the only casualty. Star Reese Witherspoon has left the project due to, ahem, "scheduling issues," and will be replaced by Kelly Macdonald. So what to make of this Pixar project that has seen its fair share of turmoil?

Well Entertainment Weekly has our first look at production art from BRAVE and while we don't really get a great shot at our heroine, we do get a look at what they're going for here and it looks markedly different than any other Pixar film. I still have faith in the Pixar system that course-corrects itself along the way, regardless of the personal fallout (long-time Pixar vet Jan Pinkava was let go from RATATOUILLE, which was a tough personal decision but led to a much better film, directed by Brad Bird).

Macdonald joins Billy Connelly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane and Colin Ferguson in the film's voice cast. The film's plot sounds somewhat reminiscent of THE LITTLE MERMAID: Rogue princess to powerful king defies local custom and accidentally puts their world at risk, so she runs away and is granted a wish by a crazy, and possibly evil, old woman.

So what do you think of BRAVE so far? Another Pixar hit or a rare misstep?

Source: EW

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10:17AM on 03/29/2011
I'm psyched. I've been waiting for the inevitable dark horse (i.e. Black Cauldron, Return to Oz) from Pixar.
I'm psyched. I've been waiting for the inevitable dark horse (i.e. Black Cauldron, Return to Oz) from Pixar.
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4:17AM on 03/29/2011
Much as I like Toy Story 3, and Im sure Cars 2 will be good, I much prefer the original stuff that comes out of Pixar.

Hopefully this will be a winner
Much as I like Toy Story 3, and Im sure Cars 2 will be good, I much prefer the original stuff that comes out of Pixar.

Hopefully this will be a winner
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7:04AM on 03/29/2011
How are sequels to their own films that introduce many different characters and plots not original? I don't get this
How are sequels to their own films that introduce many different characters and plots not original? I don't get this
6:09PM on 03/29/2011
Because they use the same universe, same main characters and same style. The story is new, but the game is the same.
Because they use the same universe, same main characters and same style. The story is new, but the game is the same.
9:15PM on 03/28/2011
C'mon, it's Pixar. Misstep? I think not... okay, CARS does exist, but even that wasn't bad.
C'mon, it's Pixar. Misstep? I think not... okay, CARS does exist, but even that wasn't bad.
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7:39PM on 03/28/2011
Look, Cars may not be on the level or other Pixar films but its still palatable and works as a film, personal preferences put aside.

I love the subject matter and period this story is going for. But I wonder if its gotten its overhaul after the release of The Secret of Kells, which used Celtic graphic and iconography to stylish and lush effect. I remember the Kells filmmakers got to chat with the Pixar guys during the annual luncheon when Up and Kells were nominees. I wouldn't be surprised
Look, Cars may not be on the level or other Pixar films but its still palatable and works as a film, personal preferences put aside.

I love the subject matter and period this story is going for. But I wonder if its gotten its overhaul after the release of The Secret of Kells, which used Celtic graphic and iconography to stylish and lush effect. I remember the Kells filmmakers got to chat with the Pixar guys during the annual luncheon when Up and Kells were nominees. I wouldn't be surprised if they've had some consulting from Cartoon Saloon.
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6:41PM on 03/28/2011
Pretty sure it'll be a hit, that's the thing about Pixar, you think they're crazy for developing a crazy idea into a film and they always end up turning they're crazy ideas into gold!
Pretty sure it'll be a hit, that's the thing about Pixar, you think they're crazy for developing a crazy idea into a film and they always end up turning they're crazy ideas into gold!
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2:27PM on 03/28/2011

Rare misstep?

Pixar hasn't made a good movie since Ratatouille and even before that they weren't perfect (though close). Case in point: Cars.

Commence the thumbs down flood. Actually, thumbs down if you agree with my statement.

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edit - March 28 5:42 PM: second paragraph, Proof that no one can read.
Pixar hasn't made a good movie since Ratatouille and even before that they weren't perfect (though close). Case in point: Cars.

Commence the thumbs down flood. Actually, thumbs down if you agree with my statement.

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edit - March 28 5:42 PM: second paragraph, Proof that no one can read.
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2:40PM on 03/28/2011
Why don't you cry about it...?
Why don't you cry about it...?
3:08PM on 03/28/2011
I think everyone is entitled to their opinon and I'll respect yours. But asking for thumbs down is f*cking lame man...
I think everyone is entitled to their opinon and I'll respect yours. But asking for thumbs down is f*cking lame man...
3:16PM on 03/28/2011
@Cezar - I'm not asking for it, I just know it's the response you get when you express an unpopular opinion. It's a laughable feature because that's all it's good for.

It's either the comment that goes against the grain gets 100 thumbs down, or the one that says 'Yeah, Chris Nolan roxx!' gets a hundred thumbs up. It sounds silly, but it's true. I wrote that part as a joke, but sarcasm doesn't flow too well on the internet, as I'm sure you know.
@Cezar - I'm not asking for it, I just know it's the response you get when you express an unpopular opinion. It's a laughable feature because that's all it's good for.

It's either the comment that goes against the grain gets 100 thumbs down, or the one that says 'Yeah, Chris Nolan roxx!' gets a hundred thumbs up. It sounds silly, but it's true. I wrote that part as a joke, but sarcasm doesn't flow too well on the internet, as I'm sure you know.
4:35PM on 03/28/2011
.. they've had 2 Best Picture nominees (3 if Wall-E came out during the 10 picture period) since then.. you really hated them all?
.. they've had 2 Best Picture nominees (3 if Wall-E came out during the 10 picture period) since then.. you really hated them all?
6:10PM on 03/28/2011
Toy Story 3, Up and Wall.E

I rest my case.
Toy Story 3, Up and Wall.E

I rest my case.
6:44PM on 03/28/2011
@Heisenberg - exactly. Those movies were horribly disappointing flicks. It's hopefully just part of a little bad patch. Everyone's had em, before Disney did now that it's all Pixar, it's getting it's turn as well.
@Heisenberg - exactly. Those movies were horribly disappointing flicks. It's hopefully just part of a little bad patch. Everyone's had em, before Disney did now that it's all Pixar, it's getting it's turn as well.
10:38PM on 03/28/2011
LOL I see what you did there... and you say sarcasm doesn't play over the interwebs. I never saw Cars, I guess you could consider that a failure if a stellar company like Pixar cannot get me into see one of their movies. But no matter what you think of their stable of flicks they are the kings of CGI Movies.
LOL I see what you did there... and you say sarcasm doesn't play over the interwebs. I never saw Cars, I guess you could consider that a failure if a stellar company like Pixar cannot get me into see one of their movies. But no matter what you think of their stable of flicks they are the kings of CGI Movies.
12:55PM on 03/28/2011
Pixar movie always land on their feet, and if they weren't happy with how a movie was going along, I'm all for them shaking things up.
Pixar movie always land on their feet, and if they weren't happy with how a movie was going along, I'm all for them shaking things up.
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12:54PM on 03/28/2011
That art looks really impressive. Definitely less cartoon-y and more like a moving painting, and that works for me.
That art looks really impressive. Definitely less cartoon-y and more like a moving painting, and that works for me.
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12:23PM on 03/28/2011

Looks...

GRRRREATTTT. I've been waiting for a Pixar take on the fantasy realm. All of their previous work is somehow rooted in reality. I want them to go crazy.
GRRRREATTTT. I've been waiting for a Pixar take on the fantasy realm. All of their previous work is somehow rooted in reality. I want them to go crazy.
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11:24AM on 03/28/2011
Losing Witherspoon for MacDonald. Thats an upgrade in my opinion
Losing Witherspoon for MacDonald. Thats an upgrade in my opinion
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11:18AM on 03/28/2011
Losing Witherspoon for MacDonald. Thats an upgrade in my opinion
Losing Witherspoon for MacDonald. Thats an upgrade in my opinion
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11:14AM on 03/28/2011
A rare misstep? Pixar has already made a few bad/average movies. Everyone considers them (Pixar) to be perfect, but they have made a few average movies already. A Bugs life, and Cars were both average at best. If 'Brave' ends up sucking, it'll be the third time it has happened to the company.
A rare misstep? Pixar has already made a few bad/average movies. Everyone considers them (Pixar) to be perfect, but they have made a few average movies already. A Bugs life, and Cars were both average at best. If 'Brave' ends up sucking, it'll be the third time it has happened to the company.
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11:22AM on 03/28/2011
2 out of 11, I'd call that rare
2 out of 11, I'd call that rare
11:31AM on 03/28/2011
I agree with Cars, but not A Bug's Life.
I agree with Cars, but not A Bug's Life.
2:29PM on 03/28/2011
A Bug's Life is awesome dude
A Bug's Life is awesome dude
10:49AM on 03/28/2011

McKidd & MacDonald - Trainspotting Reunion

A sword and sorcery epic, from the epic geniuses at Pixar, with the epic Scottish A-Team of Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Billy Connelly, and Craig Ferguson? I'd pay 10 bucks just to listen to those guys talk about Scotland for 90 minutes. Get Connery on the phone now!
A sword and sorcery epic, from the epic geniuses at Pixar, with the epic Scottish A-Team of Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Billy Connelly, and Craig Ferguson? I'd pay 10 bucks just to listen to those guys talk about Scotland for 90 minutes. Get Connery on the phone now!
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9:52AM on 03/28/2011

Gorgeous!

I'm on board 'cause it's Pixar, but also that looks tremendously fantastical.
I'm on board 'cause it's Pixar, but also that looks tremendously fantastical.
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9:49AM on 03/28/2011
The artwork looks good.

Could this be Pixar's "The Black Cauldron"? I mean theme-wise, not necessarily in terms of quality.
The artwork looks good.

Could this be Pixar's "The Black Cauldron"? I mean theme-wise, not necessarily in terms of quality.
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9:47AM on 03/28/2011
Very nice look, very painterly. From these pictures it looks less gooofy than How to train your Dragon and more mystical like Secret of Kells.
Very nice look, very painterly. From these pictures it looks less gooofy than How to train your Dragon and more mystical like Secret of Kells.
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9:34AM on 03/28/2011
I can't wait for this. I believe this is the one that gets more negative comments than I've ever seen for a Pixar. I believe it's because that Newt film got canceled. I still wanted to see that one, too . . .
I can't wait for this. I believe this is the one that gets more negative comments than I've ever seen for a Pixar. I believe it's because that Newt film got canceled. I still wanted to see that one, too . . .
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