Pixar and Disney started to screen Brave last week, and the first reviews are hitting online outlets now. There’s been a lot of interest in the film, in part simply because it is Pixar’s latest effort, but also because it features the studio’s first female lead protagonist, and because of the complex and relatively public development process that saw a project called The Bear and the Bow turn into Brave.

Reactions so far range from nearly ecstatic to a more measured, mixed take. We’ll have a proper review soon; in the meantime check out a sample below. Read More »

Even as we dive into the heart of the summer movie season, some of the most promising imminent releases could be titles that aren’t new at all. Pixar is re-releasing four of its recent hits — Toy Story 3, Ratatouille, Up, and Wall-E — into AMC theaters for four days over Memorial Day weekend, from May 25 through May 28. The films will be be up against the horror Chernobyl Diaries and the sci-fi sequel Men in Black 3. Yeah, given those options, I may just opt to revisit one of the Pixar classics too.

Especially since tickets will be going for as low as $6 each. Considering that regular screenings generally cost twice that in my area, that’s quite the bargain. Further sweetening the deal, each screening will also include a classic Pixar short and a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at Pixar’s next project, Brave. Head to the AMC website for more info on locations, pricing, and showtimes.

And speaking of Brave, hit the jump for details on its world premiere, which will coincide with the debut of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

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Being a first time director at Pixar isn’t the same as being a first time director in other places. Right off the bat there’s the added pressure of following some of the most critically acclaimed movies in recent memory. There’s also a long road before getting to the top.

Mark Andrews, director of Pixar’s newest film Brave, had already worked on The Iron Giant, Spider-Man and more before joining Pixar in 2000. Since then he’s contributed to The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars and Toy Story 3 in all kinds of different ways. He also co-wrote and co-directed the short One Man Band. So when Brave‘s original director and creator Brenda Chapman left, Andrews was given the call and he was primed and ready to go.

In our one-on-one interview with Andrews, we talked about the pressure of directing at Pixar as well as the Chapman controversy. We also touched on what he changed about the film, why Brave is so different from the other Pixar films and his disappointment over John Carter, which he co-wrote with Andrew Stanton. Read about all that and more after the jump. Check it out below. Read More »

The movie is still a month from release but Merida from Brave has invaded Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The rebellious red-headed princess is the highlight of a new corner of the park devoted to the upcoming Pixar film and, after the jump, check out some photos and a video of the experience that’s sure to be super busy come June 22. Read More »

Now that Disney has successfully opened their first summer film, the focus can shift to Scotland where Pixar’s latest film, Brave, takes place. Brave is about a rebellious princess named Merida who is so fed up with her mother, she makes a mistake that changes the fate of her kingdom. Featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane and others, Brave opens June 22.

After the jump, we’ve got a glimpse at four new videos from the film including a clip, a promo for Mother’s Day, a look at the video game and even a featurette on kilts. Read More »

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You’ve seen them in trailers, clips, images and now /Film is proud to exclusively introduce you to the King and Queen of Disney/Pixar’s 2012 release, Brave: King Fergus and Queen Elinor. So, Fergus and Elinor, meet the online film community. Online film community, meet King Fergus and Queen Elinor.

Voiced by Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson respectively, the King and Queen are incredibly important to Brave as they represent the opposing views inside the main character Merida, a saucy Princess who wishes to be more outgoing and physical like her father, but is forced to try and be more prim and proper, like her mother. Those relationships are a key component in the film and, after the jump, you can see some brand new images of both characters as well as read their official biographies. Read More »

Pixar is being very careful with how they’re marketing their latest film, Brave. As I’ve already written, almost every single piece of the marketing has been from the first 30 minutes of the movie and only a very select few glances at the latter part of the story have popped online. The Japanese trailer had a few, same with the Japanese poster and now two new images do the same. They also give a taste at just how much action is likely to be in the film when it opens June 22. Check them out below. Read More »

New Trailer and Clip: Pixar’s ‘Brave’

Disney has released a new trailer for Pixar’s next film Brave. The new green band trailer seems to heavily focus on the characters of the story and that moving Scottish song featured in the recent tv spot. They have also released a new clip titled “Eyes on the Pies,” which focuses on Merida and her three troublemaker brothers, and yes, a pie. Watch both now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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A few weeks back, Disney invited me up to Pixar Animation Studios to watch the first 30 minutes of their new film Brave. The fantastic segment ended just as the main character, Merida, finds a mysterious cabin in the woods (no, not that one). Once the lights came up, everyone realized most everything we’ve seen from the film – both in clips and trailers – was included in that first 30 minutes of the movie. So what happens in the next hour plus?

A recent Japanese trailer unraveled a bit of that mystery and a new Japanese poster takes it even further.  Read More »

Save for a few of the original directors, few people can give you a better snapshot of what’s going on at Pixar than Katherine Sarafian. The production coordinator turned director of marketing and now producer has been with the company since 1994 and their first film, Toy Story. For the past five plus years, she’s been working on Brave, Pixar’s upcoming feature about a wild Scottish princess whose fate is tied to the family kingdom. Sarafian has been with the production from its inception and has intimate knowledge on the controversial directional change, massive story rewrites, cast changes and more.

Recently, I was at Pixar to see the gorgeous first thirty minutes of the film (read about that here) and spoke to Sarafian not only about those things, but the surprising power of being a producer at Pixar, the marketing of the film (including when we might see a new trailer) as well as the company’s feeling facing their first critical disappointment: Cars 2. Check out the interview below. Read More »