Pixar, Brave, Merida

I predict 2012 will be the year of the female archer. Not only does The Hunger Games heroine, Katniss Everdeen, acted by Jennifer Lawrence really know how to rock a bow when it’s a matter of life and death, but June 22nd 2012 will see the release of Pixar’s exciting tale, Brave, which features the fiery young redhead, Princess Merida, voiced by the simply splendid Kelly Macdonald. You know her as Helena Ravenclaw of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and as Margaret Schroeder of Boardwalk Empire.

Princess Merida may be the first ever female hero in a Pixar picture, but she’s anything but your typical royal. She defies tradition and as you can see in the new pic from stichkingdom.com, knows her way around a bow and arrow. It is a good thing, too, because we hear she will encounter some pretty dangerous beasts in order to learn the true meaning of courage. Power to the strong female protagonists!

Brave is also a first in that it is Pixar’s first fairy tale story. Voice actors include Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane and John Ratzenberger. Many of their voices are very recognizable, don’t you agree?

Mark Andrews directs Brave, replacing Brenda Chapman. His credits include story boarding for the original Cars and story supervision for Ratatouille. Accomplished soundtrack composer Patrick Doyle provides the music.