Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd, Katherine Sarafian, and Mark Andrews Interviews - Brave
Pixar's brought toys to life, visited the world under the sea, told the story of a lonely robot who falls in love, and even made the idea of a rat running a restaurant palatable to the public, and now they're breaking new ground with the animated adventure film, Brave. Brave marks Pixar's first period piece, the studio's first true fairy tale, and the first of their films with a female main character. And this main female character is no shrinking violet.
From the clips previewed at Disney's D23 Expo on August 20, 2011, it's obvious Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) can ride, shoot, and handle herself just as well as any man. The first clip showed Merida riding her horse while shooting at targets. Next, the 4,000 fans at the D23 Expo were treated to an unfinished scene in which the winner of an archery competition would receive Merida's hand in marriage - something Merida absolutely doesn't want to have happen. She doesn't want to be married and doesn't want her mother manipulating her future, so she enters the contest herself.
Director Mark Andrews said they did extensive research in Scotland in order to fully capture the landscape and to be able to authentically bring it to life on the screen. Backstage, Andrews, producer Katherine Sarafian, and voice cast members Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd talked about what sets this animated film apart, the story, the accents, and McKidd's incomprehensible character:
Brave features the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Craig Ferguson, and Robbie Coltrane, is set to hit theaters on June 22, 2012.