Two new images have surfaced from Disney-Pixar’s Brave, the epic Highland fantasy adventure directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. One features Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) playfully crossing swords with her father King Fergus (Billy Connolly) under the watchful eye of her mother Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). The other is significantly darker, with Merida seemingly standing against the clan lords, who’ve roped a bear — something presumably central to the plot, as the film was originally titled The Bear and the Bow.
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
Brave opens June 22.
(via Pixar Planet)