Stitch Kingdom nailed it when they posted that Disney/Pixar’s “The Bear And The Bow” was going through a title change and being renamed “Brave.”
Disney/Pixar just announced that “Brave” would be arriving to theaters on June 15, 2012 – just a few months before the new "Monsters Inc2" movie debuting in November.
The movie is directed by Brenda Chapman who worked on the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars.” The movie will star Reese Witherspoon (or her voice) as the Scottish Princess Merida, who would rather be an archer. Against her mother’s wishes, Merida makes a reckless choice that will unleash peril on her father’s kingdom and on her mother’s life! Yikes!
Q: Have you already started working on your next Pixar project?
Bob: Yeah, we’re just getting rolling now on “Cars 2” and “The Bear and the Bow.” They did a really cool look of film test of the main character riding her horse through a forest and we did a 3D pass on that, it’s really, really cool.
Post by Geniusmentis on Jun 3, 2010 17:58:32 GMT -5
Oh a 3D pass...... I'm still hoping to see a 3D movie with Kev one day....
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".
Edinburgh calls itself a festival of discovery, and it’s true, the majority of films playing here are by first- or second-time filmmakers, and you go into each screening hoping to discover the next great moviemaking talent. But, as I’ve been asking various journalists about their EIFF experience so far, the name that keeps coming up as best film is probably the biggest title, with the least need for ‘discovery’, in the whole programme – Toy Story 3. As Glasgow Film Festival director Allan Hunter put it when I saw him yesterday, 'I went in thinking, "Does the world really need Toy Story 3?", then I watched it and realised, "Yes, turns out it does!"'
It’s a response that’s shared in the US, where the film just opened to the best reviews of the year and record-breaking box office, so when I got the chance to speak with Pixar supervising animators Mike Venturini and Bobby Podesta on Sunday afternoon, I wondered aloud if, after 11 smash hits in a row, they were able to be pretty relaxed about this film's chances: ‘We knew this was a good film, and it was very possible that people would like it’, Podesta understated, ‘but how well it’s doing back in the States, we were not expecting. It’s a little insane.’ Venturini added that ‘the one thing our success has brought us is pressure. Every production feels the pressure of living up to those expectations. So we don’t take that lightly, we work very hard to keep making successful films that audiences will love. But the one thing that we get from that is trust from our audience; they trust, from our past successes, that what we do next will be worth their time. It allows us to use that trust to do things that are unconventional, like making a movie where your main character is an old man. That’s a hard pitch for an audience, but that trust allows us to go there.’
Podesta and Venturini were an interesting pair to chat to; they both had that incredible enthusiasm and ability to perfectly articulate the ‘Pixar perspective’ that seems to be ingrained in every member of the company, but I could definitely tell that they were each approaching the Festival experience very differently. Podesta seemed to be happy to be here in a work capacity, answering my questions concisely and informatively, whereas Venturini was a motor-mouth, powering on about any and every subject, and clearly loving being in Edinburgh. He got particularly animated (boom boom - ithankyou) when talking about the next film he’s working on, the Scottish-set fantasy Brave, due to hit screens in exactly two years time: ‘It’s set in the Scottish Highlands, and we’re a couple of years in, with a couple of years to go. During Wall-E the art team came out and spent some time travelling through the Highlands doing drawings and reference materials. Just seeing the development on it is pretty exciting: it’s set in the past, it’s human characters and it’s got a whole magical thing going on. A little bit closer to the sensibility you saw in The Incredibles, with humans and a more ‘realistic’ world. It also has Billy Connolly doing one of the voices, which is just a perfect fit!’
As chance would have it, I bumped into Venturini much later that night just as he was leaving the Runaways party (where the promised Joan Jett was sadly not in attendance). He decided that hanging out with The List would be a better option than calling it a night, and after a couple of whiskeys we ended up discussing the all-important issue of accents in movies, something that Brave will be particularly scrutinized for here in Scotland. ‘We know that if we don’t get it right you guys are gonna kill us over it, so we’ve got the dialogue coaches in right now!’ After the recent drubbing received by Russell Crowe for his ‘Irish’ Robin Hood, I can only hope Brave’s leading lady Reese Witherspoon does her homework. Venturini also revealed that a certain Oscar-winning actor had been the original choice to voice the fantastic stoner turtle in Finding Nemo (based on an iconic stoner role this actor played many years ago), but no matter how hard Pixar tried, he wouldn’t go for it; too serious for that kind of thing these days. Mentioning no names, this just confirmed every other story I’ve heard about this star’s infamous lack of a sense of humour. I mean, who in their right mind passes up the chance to be in a Pixar movie? Guys, if you’re reading this, call me – I have no qualms about such things, and I can even do accents! edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/article/26535-pixar-make-brave-move-with-reese-witherspoon-and-billy-connolly-after-toy-story-3/
New information suggests that U2 frontman Bono is writing music —possibly an original song— for a future Pixar feature, most likely Brave (in theatres June 15, 2012).
Bono may be working with U2's guitarist The Edge, with whom he's collaborated on previous non-band projects.
I won't be discussing sources for this story and, of course, it couldn't be further from being officially confirmed. But it does seem reasonably solid at this point.
A while back, a Pixarian or two let it slip on Twitter that Bono had been to the studio in Emeryville. Didn't think too much of it at the time and so can't recall exactly when this was. I'm sure it was within the past year.
Those tweets are nowhere to be found now, so if you remember when it was —what month— please let me know.
In February, former Pixar CFO Ali Rowghani, who at the time was leaving the studio to become CFO of Twitter, tweeted about Bono's visit as his "Pixar memory #5".
Yours truly is a huge U2 fan. They made a stop in Toronto last September on their U2 360° Tour and I was blown away by the show —they're one of the biggest acts on the planet right now. Very disappointed when it was announced last month that the next leg of the tour would be postponed until next year due to Bono suffering a herniated disc in his spine.
So, what's your take on Bono/U2 doing a song for a Pixar movie? "Beautiful Day"? Or will you feel "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"?
In the summer of 2012, a Scottish princess-turned-archer will be pitted against a Martian warrior.
That’s right — Disney has set John Carter of Mars for a June 8th release, just one week before Brave in the same year! Sounds like there’s going to be a Disney feud at the box office…
One could argue that Andrew Stanton’s live action debut has a vastly different audience than Pixar’s first film centered around a female lead. But when analyzing the studio’s 15 years of box office success, demographics don’t seem relevant.
I’m honestly not sure why Disney would pit their big 2012 flagship films against each other. It seems a little misguided. I’m also not sure who will suffer the most: will John Carter overshadow Brave or will the complete opposite happen in Carter’s second weekend?
Will John Carter Go 3D? Will Pixar’s ‘Brave’ Be Delayed Again?
While Andrew Stanton’s John Carter of Mars was never envisioned as a 3D movie, I’ve been hearing a lot of rumbling in recent months that Walt Disney Pictures is pushing to release the film in 3D. I’ve even heard they’ve ordered some 3D tests to convince director Andrew Stanton that post conversion 3D isn’t as horrible as the big baddies on the Internet say it is. Ironically, the film which launched the 3D craze, James Cameron’s Avatar, was actually very much inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ original novels. So it is interesting that Avatar is now becoming a heavy influence on the big screen adaptation of the books.
As far as I can tell, nothing is yet set in stone in terms of releasing John Carter of Mars in 3D, but it sure is looking that way. Who knows if the growing public perception of post converted 3D (ie Bad 3D) will be enough to convince Disney. But one recent development has got me thinking… if John Carter does get released in 3D, what does this mean for Pixar’s long in development, already-delayed, BraveThe Bear and the Bow (formerly titled )? Brave is set to hit theaters on June 15th 2012, while Disney just announced a June 8th 2012 release for John Carter of Mars.
Would Disney really release two films within a week of each other? Generally Disney likes to release one movie per month, but sometimes during the Summer seasons, they have released two movies with different audiences a couple weeks apart. But what about a week apart?
Also, if Carter does go 3D, would Disney release two 3D movies within a week of one another? The bottleneck of 3D screens have improved over the last year. James Cameron recently said that there are now 8000 international theaters equipped for 3D, compared to the 4,000 when Avatar was released. But I doubt that the same studio would release two big tentpole 3D movies within 7-days of each other.
My guess is that since Disney just set a new date for John Carter this week, we might be seeing another release date delay for Brenda Chapman’s Brave. Of course, this is all just speculation at this point.
The Bear and The Bow
Brave is Pixar’s first fairy tale, from acclaimed filmmaker/writer Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt). Chapman began as an additional animation artist on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and contributed story for The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Fantasia 2000, Chicken Run and Cars.
A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar’s action-adventure “The Bear and the Bow.” The movie is being touted as Pixar’s first fairy tale. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as 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.”
Witherspoon’s character is apparently the “brave” character referred to in the internal title, which now becomes the official title. A much better better title, in my opinion. The film originally had a Christmas 2011 release date, but has been pushed back to Summer: June 15th 2012.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios cast member Paul Chadkin spotted and photographed the first known title artwork for Disney/Pixar’s Brave today in poster form at the park’s Animation Building. Note that the logo for the film (originally titled The Bear and the Bow) has been modified from the original photo for its presentation here and may or may not properly resent the true artwork.
Pixar animator Chris Chua noted that Princess Merida (Reese Witherspoon) and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) are prominently represented in the logo here as well (pay special attention to the detail in the lettering).
The Pixar original fairytale, set in a rugged and mythic Scotland, features the impetuous, tangle-haired Merida who would prefer to make her mark as a great archer despite being a daughter of royalty. 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.
Brave is slated to be released in North America on June 15, 2012.
After 12 films directed by guys, Pixar has finally hired a woman — Brenda Chapman — to helm its 13th film which is entitled Brave. Chapman will also write the film. She previously directed the Prince of Egypt for Dreamworks. Her hiring was actually announced last spring but since they changed the title of the film from The Bear and the Bow to Brave, I guess they wanted to announce it again for some reasons.
Here’s the description of the the film from the Hollywood Reporter:
…tomboyish royal named Merida who would rather focus on archery. After getting into a fight with her mom, she makes a reckless choice that has serious consequences to her father’s kingdom, putting all their lives in peril.
Voices in the film will include Reese Witherspoon and Emma Thompson and will be produced by Katherine Sarafian.
The release date is already scheduled for June 15, 2012.
Rumour has it Disney/Pixar have done it again. It’s believed that yet another director intended to helm one of their features has been withdrawn from the line-up mid-stream. It happened part-way through on both Ratatouile and Cars 2, while Newt got canned outright before production even began, but some years after it was officially announced.
This time ’round, though, it’s thought that Brenda Chapman was given the boot off of Brave sometime last week. But why? If you take the optomistic view, perhaps it’s because Lasseter & Co. want to get the film just right. However, if you’re more glass-half-empty in your outlook, then maybe it’s because Chapman wouldn’t play ball their way. Either way, Chapman may just have struck out.
According to rumours related by Cartoon Brew, she may have been replaced by Mark Andrews, co-director of the short One Man Band. Looks like the first Pixar movie to be directed by a woman is now being directed by a man instead.
Pixar project Brave has reshuffled its directors chairs.
Gone from the project is Brenda Chapman, who would have been the first woman director on a Pixar film, and now in is veteran storyboard artist Mark Andrews.
Pixar had no comment on the director switcheroo, news of which first broke on animation website Cartoon Brew.
Replacing directors on projects in animation is not uncommon. Pixar especially is not afraid to turn 180 degrees in mid-stream. Brad Bird replaced Jan Pinkava for Ratatouille. Disney’s Bolt got an overhaul when original director Chris Sanders was fired by John Lasseter, newly installed as chief creative officer at Disney; Lassetter then slotted in Chris Williams and Byron Howard. And in 2008, Glen Keane stepped away from Tangled when it was still known as Rapunzel due to health issues; the movie coming out next month was guided by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.
But the reasons for the focus on Brave are two-fold. One, the project is the only non-sequel movie scheduled by Pixar for the next few years, with Cars 2 and Monsters Inc. 2 on the calendar; fans are hoping that the only original movie in the current lineup isn’t delayed.
Secondly, observers were cheering Chapman to break through the gender barrier in a field dominated by men. Who knows when another feature will come along to give a female director a shot?
Chapman is a longtime Disney animation vet, having worked on as a writer on a slew of movies staring with Beauty and the Beast. She also worked as a writer on Pixar’s Cars. On the helming front, her sole credit is co-directing The Prince of Egypt.
Andrews, on the other hand, comes from the art side of the animation, acting as a storyboard artist for Quest for Camelot, The Iron Giant, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and several TV shows. For Pixar, he worked on The Incredibles and Toy Story 3, and co-directed the short One Man Band.
On Cartoon Brew, Pocahontas director Mike Gabriel posted the following comment: “Brenda is a class act. A beautiful soul. A star talent in the industry who continues to inspire, more so in adversity than a smooth ride. The Brave release is heartbreaking from the outside but may be a blessing from the inside. You never know.”
The Bear and the Bow become Brave 2012If Disney recently announced that changing the name of Rapunzel in Tangled animation, it seems that another project has received the same treatment. This time it is a production entitled The Bear and the Bow - Pixar's first movie will take the central female character, which will be released in November-December 2011.
Most of the Stitch Kingdom have found that Disney's marketing department has advertised the movie under the name "Disney Pixar Brave" and plans to put that title to bags, keychains, umbrellas and wallets.
The main reason that the title was changed is certainly the fact that the name "The Bear and the Bow" was not promoted at all.
When it comes to search on Google, "Brave" will be with the "Up" a title quite difficult to identify precisely the search.
Brenda Chapman was rumored as the first woman to enter the men's team at Pixar, to direct "The Bear and the Bow", animation, renamed the "Brave". According to information published by Cartoon Brew, Chapman was "every part" of the animation director and, thereafter, left Pixar.
That's all for now about this movie. Brave 2012 trailer will be here as soon as possible
Pixar's 'Brave': First Look art -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS
In many ways, Pixar’s 13th feature-length movie Brave (out June 22, 2012) ventures into new territory for the animation studio: The Scotland-set adventure film will be Pixar’s first fairy tale, its first picture starring a female protagonist, and its first film co-directed by a woman. EW.com has the first look at some of the concept art for the project, and we can also confirm that Reese Witherspoon will no longer voice the movie’s heroine, a tomboyish princess named Merida, due to scheduling issues. Instead, the character will be played by the (appropriately) Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men, Boardwalk Empire).
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).
Brave is directed by Mark Andrews (the Oscar-nominated short One Man Band) and Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt). Chapman conceived of the project, which was initially titled The Bear and the Bow, and was supposed to be its sole director — and Pixar’s first female director. But last October, it was reported that Pixar had replaced Chapman with Andrews. Now, although Andrews is presently in charge of guiding Brave across the finish line, both Andrews and Chapman will be credited as the movie’s directors, according to a Disney spokesman
Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and Kevin McKidd were all previously announced as being part of the cast—EW reveals that they’ll play, respectively, Merida’s father and mother, King Fergus and Queen Elinor, the Wise Woman, and the excellently named Lord MacGuffin. The latter, it is revealed, is one of three comic reliefs that work into the tale—the other two, Lord Macintosh and Lord Dingwall, will now be voiced by Craig Ferguson (a veteran of another Scottish-accented animation, “How To Train Your Dragon”), and Robbie Coltrane.
More Concept Art for Disney•Pixar's Brave Source: Disney•Pixar March 29, 2011
After debuting three pieces of concept art from Disney•Pixar's Brave, we've received a fourth that you can check out below.
Brave, opening June 22, 2012, is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida's quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).
Brave trailer attached to Cars 2? Coming on the heels of today's reveal of concept art from the film, I just received a tip describing Disney/Pixar's plans to attach a teaser trailer for Brave to Cars 2.
The source, who asked that their name not be used, says that Disney "recently requested that a Brave trailer [be] created to show in front of Cars 2."
The team at Pixar "are in crunch time to get the trailer animated so it can go through lighting, rendering, editing, etc." and meet the deadline to attach it to prints.
While this may not sound like big news—Pixar usually gives us a taste of their next film with each release—this is the first we've heard about a Brave trailer.
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