Pixar has a lot of work to do to make up for last summer’s desultory merchandising catastrofuck, Cars 2, but if the first scene from Pixar’s Brave is any indication, bouncing back shouldn’t be a problem.
This is two minutes and 30 seconds of spectacular animation, brilliant voice-over talent, and the makings of a first-rate feminist cartoon.
Here’s your plot synopsis:
Merida [Kelly Macdonald] 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.
And here’s the most recent movie poster: