Kevin McKidd of “Grey’s Anatomy” is happily looking forward to his trip to the Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, Calif., next month — because he’ll be meeting with creative forces at the animation empire to talk about their big movie for 2012. “I’ve been asked to do a voice in it. I’m so excited — the idea of becoming a part of that universe,” notes the Scotsman.
Some articles say winter or late 2011 others 2012 so Im not 100% sure on the release year although all the articles with reference to Kevin say 2012 .. Im sure we will hear more after the meeting. The internal name for Bear and the Bow was "Brave"
here is an image of the conceptualization of the characters, looks like it came from a launch by Pixar...
Pixar are busy working on their first fairy tale titled "The Bear and the Bow".
Apparently writer and director, Brenda Chapman*, loves Grimm's fairy tales and Hans Christian Andersen's tales. Her story is a combination of her love for those tales and a reflection on raising her daughter. (source: Wikipedia)
The "Bear and the Bow" takes place in "a rugged and mythic Scotland", where Merida, a member of the royal family, decides to give up her family name for her dream of becoming an archer. Merida makes reckless choices, preferring to run wild through the Scottish highlands than put on a dress and behave herself at court, resulting in peril for her father's kingdom and her mother's life. "Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right." (quotes from slashfilm.com)The characters made public so far are Princess Merida - whose hair is constantly tangled (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), King Fergus (Billy Connolly), Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), a witch - who prefers to be called a wise woman - baddie (Julie Walters), a fifteen foot bear and Merida's younger triplet brothers.
The tone of the film is reported to be a mix of fantasy, humor and exciting adventure in a rich and mythically lush tale. I'm really looking forward to finding out more about this film.
"The Bear and the Bow" is scheduled for a Christmas 2011 release. NOTE: *Brenda Chapman was one of three directors on "The Prince of Egypt" for Dreamworks and was involved in story/development in varying capacities on Disney's "The Little Mermaid" (story trainee), "Beauty & the Beast" (key story artist), "The Lion King" (head of story) as well as for "The Rescuers Downunder" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
[Once Upon A Blog's FTNH: How interesting! This sounds like a long overdue updating of the independent/rebellious princess genre that doesn't rely on a romantic plot - there has yet to be mention of a prince, other than Merida's younger brothers, at any point, though that bear is looking a little suspicious to me.
I bet my money that Kevin will voice the princess's love interest. Whoever he is, I'm sure there will be one
I hope Kevin gets to use his Scottish accent in The Bear and the Bow no matter which character he voices. If the film in is set in Scotland I bet he will. It was to die for in Made of Honor. I also hope is character is a good guy and not a villian.
In Latin, the word "Genius" usually meant "The tutelary god or attendant spirit allotted to every person at his birth, to govern his fortunes and determine his character, and finally to conduct him out of the world".
The Bear and the Bow - Release Date: Christmas 2011 (Disney Digital 3-D™)
Pixar Animation Studios, Director: Brenda Chapman, Producer: Katherine Sarafian, Voice Talent: Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
Synopsis: "A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar’s action-adventure The Bear and the Bow. The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. Director Brenda Chapman and the storytelling wizards of Pixar conjure humor, fantasy and excitement in this rich Highland tale."
SCOTS funnyman Billy Connolly is set to star in a new big-budget Disney movie set in Scotland.
The comedy legend will star alongside Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters in The Bear and The Bow – a fairytale about a 10th Century Scottish princess.
The Big Yin is to play King Fergus, whose daughter Merida turns her back on her royal duties and escapes the king’s castle to roam the Highlands.
Merida aims to become a champion archer, but brings disaster to her father’s kingdom after an ill-fated decision – which she must put right.
Veteran filmmaker Brenda Chapman has penned the story and is now set to direct the production, which is due to hit cinemas in 2011.Chapman aims to make the movie a cross between a Hans Christian Andersen tale and the story of the Brothers Grimm.
And the director revealed that despite hailing from Illinois and living in California, she was delighted to write a tale about Scotland, where he grandparents are from.
Speaking at the presentation for the new movie, John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Disney Animations and Pixar said he was looking forward to working on the new project.
He said: “We’re very excited about The Bear and The Bow and to be setting a film in Scotland.
“The Highlands provide a great backdrop for animation.”
Previous Pixar movies like Toy Story and Finding Nemo have been instant worldwide hits and spawned sequels, video games and children’s toys.
Connolly has just starred in US action sequel Boondock Saints II, as a shadowy hitman called Il Duce, who helps his sons take on the Boston underworld.
Cars 2 Pushed Back to December 2011 Source:ComingSoon.net February 10, 2010
During Walt Disney Company's first quarter 2010 earnings call on Tuesday, company President and CEO Bob Iger mentioned that Disney•Pixar's Cars 2 will be released in theaters in December of 2011.
The film was previously scheduled for a release on June 24, 2011 and this move would leave that release slot empty for now. Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing Green Lantern on June 17, 2011 and Michael Bay's Transformers 3 is targeted for a July 1, 2011 release. We're guessing another movie will quickly jump to June 24 spot, although Paramount moved up Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to a Tuesday night/Wednesday release in 2009, so that is another possibility for the third film.
Disney•Pixar had scheduled a December, 2011 release for The Bear and the Bow. We assume that film will be moved as well.
UPDATE: Turns out this was all the result of a misunderstanding. Coming Soon is reporting that Disney chief Bob Iger in fact said Cars 2 was coming in "summer 2011," not "December 2011" as reported in the transcript. Cars 2 will stick to the June 24 release, and presumably The Bear and the Bow will stay where it was as well. We regret the confusion.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 The Bear and the Bow retitled 'Brave'?
Last May, we learned that Pete Docter was referring to Pixar's upcoming The Bear and the Bow, slated for release late in 2011, when he mentioned "Brave" to a reporter. "Brave", a highly-trusted source clarified, is the internal studio nickname for the film.
But today, almost a year later, Stitch Kingdom found that Disney Enterprises, Inc., responsible for Pixar trademarks, submitted a "flurry" of fourteen applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office this past Thursday, March 11 for the trademark to the word Brave, "without claim to any particular font, style, size, or color." An example can be seen here.
Stitch Kingdom also points out that Disney registered the domain names brave-movie.com (WHOIS, name server is dig.com) and bravethemove.com (WHOIS) in October of last year.
So everything points to a retitling of The Bear and the Bow as Brave. Because studios don't register trademarks and domains for internal names of films.
I wasn't a fan of the title The Bear and the Bow ("hate the title", I said at the time; I have changed my outlook on the movie itself) but I'm no fan of changing titles mid-production either, after a title has already been announced and a logo shown. Walt Disney Animation Studios recently changed the name of their upcoming feature Rapunzel to the less princess-like Tangled, in an effort to appeal to boys, a move that has generated a lot of controversy.
As often happens, guess we'll have to wait and see whether a change takes place. Or maybe —what if The Bear and the Bow was never intended to be the film's name to begin with?
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