Feisty female finally gets Pixar spotlight in "Brave"

Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:38pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pixar has brought to life cars, fish, rats and monsters, but "Brave" is the animated studio's first film built around a feisty female.

"Brave", opening in U.S. theaters on Friday, is the tale of a young, red-headed Scottish archer called Merida who decides to defy her mother, break with tradition and do her own thing.

When a witch grants Merida an ill-fated wish and turns her mother into a bear, the girl must gather all her resources to bring her family back together.

Merida, voiced by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald, is no Disney-style princess looking for a prince charming, but a teen "stuck between adolescence and adulthood", co-director Mark Andrews said.

"One of the themes of 'Brave' is following our fate," Andrews told reporters. "Do we have control over our destinies? We can have control over our own destiny if we're brave enough to look inside ourselves and find out what that really is."

During its 17-year history making films, Pixar, a unit of Walt Disney Co, has become Hollywood's most reliable studio. Starting with "Toy Story" in 1995, its 12 films have generated more than $7.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com.

With Merida figurines, watches and other merchandise already on sale, industry tracking suggests "Brave" will open with a healthy $55 million to $60 million in domestic ticket sales, despite a scarier feel than usual and a PG rating.

Producer Katherine Sarafian said the creative team was inspired by Grimms' fairy tales "where life's not easy. There's hard stuff that's going to happen."   Continued...