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I didn’t take the kids to see the BRAVE movie when it came out in the theater, I really didn’t think my five-year-old would like it. But we watched it last night and boy was I wrong. It seems like it would be more of a “girlie” movie, but it really isn’t. There is definitely enough to keep the boys interested: 3 terrible but funny triplets, archery, Scottish clans battling for the right to marry, Kings and Queens, a witch, and bears! My son laughed so hard at several parts, I was laughing at him laughing! I love the time period and the scenery, even though it was animated. But don’t stop at the movie, the discs are filled with so many cool bonus material, it will keep them occupied for quite a while!
- In creating the story for “Brave,” the filmmakers took elements of Scottish history and lore to construct their own legends. A demon bear named Mor’du, the gathering and unity of the clans, the role of the mystical will o’ the-wisps, and a mysterious witch with the power to create change are all rooted in reality and mythology.
- Filmmakers infused the folklore and magic they soaked up in Scotland throughout the story. According to production designer Steve Pilcher, even a hint of magic enhanced the mystical tone of the film. “We evoke the feeling of magic without using magic,” he says. “Adding lichen to the standing stones or dewdrops on the grass—it catches the light and emits a little sparkle. We created the fantasy with a natural element, which is great for this story in this place.”
An original and thrilling journey set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland, “Brave” follows the heroic journey of the headstrong, young adventurer Merida. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery.
Brave voice actor, Kevin McKidd (from TV’s Grey’s Anatomy), shares his family’s recipe for traditional Scottish skirly! Why not bring some Scottish flavor to your table this weekend and add the swagger that comes with knowing the native lingo with the below recipes and Scottish dictionary! Crivens, you’re fierce!
To celebrate this week’s release of the Brave Blu-ray combo pack, Disney / Pixar teamed up with butter LONDON to create a custom nail bar with Scottish Tartan nail art designs inspired by and as seen in the movie, Brave. Katie Hughes, butter LONDON’s Global Color Ambassador designed the custom tartan-inspired nail design. Are you BRAVE enough to give this trend a try?
HOW TO: Paint two coats of butter LONDON’s Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat for a beautiful, natural-looking nail. Paint a brush-width strip of butter LONDON’s Queen Vic down the outside part of your nail. With a thin, long nail art brush, paint a thin line of butter LONDON’s Stag Do down each side of Queen Vic. With the same brush and color, paint two small horizontal lines below the cuticle (try to keep the lines from going as low as the middle of the nail). Clean the brush in some acetone or nail lacquer remover and paint two horizontal lines of butter LONDON’s Sprog at the tip of the nail, as well as one vertical line down the right side of the nail. Apply butter LONDON’s Matte Finish Topcoat, and you’re good to go!
Brave Movie Disc Details:
The exciting home entertainment debut of “Brave” will be available in multiple ways, containing exciting all-new bonus features that extend the breathtaking movie experience.
ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITON: 5-DISC COMBO PACK (BD 3D + BD Feature + BD Supplemental Material + DVD + DIGITAL COPY)
BLU-RAY – DISC 1 INCLUDES:
- “La Luna” Theatrical Short – Fans will love this charming short that accompanied the film in theaters. It follows a young boy on his first night working the family business alongside his father and grandfather.
- “The Legend of Mor’du” Short – This rousing new bonus short film will give fans the chance to delve deeper into the legend behind Mordu, as told by the eccentric witch who transformed him.
- Brave Old World – Fans will watch as members of the “Brave” production team investigate Scotland, exploring its land, culture, people, and dialects. The research they gathered was brought thrillingly to life in the film. Also, fans will hear what actress Emma Thompson (voice of Queen Elinor) thinks of Pixar’s take on her homeland.
- Merida & Elinor – With the creation of Merida and Elinor, the Pixar filmmakers delved deep into the relationship between mother and daughter. Highlighting contrasts in character design, clothing, animation, voicing, even hairstyle, watch how the filmmakers explored this most important of relationships.
- Bears – Take a look inside the art and design behind the bears in “Brave.” Each of the bears, gentle Mum-Bear and terrifying Mor’du, demanded a different approach to creating their physical appearance and personality.
- Brawl in the Hall – A fascinating and hilarious inside look at the process of creating “Brave’s” fighting Scots, through animation, crowd simulation and fight choreography – not to mention a room full of grunting men whose vocal chortles added authenticity to the raucous scene.
- Wonder Moss – Fans will explore how “Brave’s” technical artists examined the real Scottish countryside and studied the laws of nature, then turned these findings into computer codes that would blanket Merida’s Scotland in lush moss, lichen, and bracken.
- Magic –The magic and mystery of Scotland is revealed to fans in this charming feature about the legends – from mystical potions to the will-o’-the-wisps – seen in “Brave.”
- Clan Pixar – At Pixar, getting into character is a team effort. From making Haggis to Kilt Fridays to celebrating the Scottish poet Robert Burns, fans will see how the “Brave” production crew truly embraced Scottish themes and customs fueled the Pixar crew throughout the creation of “Brave.”
- Once Upon A Scene – A closer look at the evolution of the storylines throughout the production of the film, including alternative openings to the film and many deleted scenes.
- Extended Scenes – Three separate scenes are highlighted in their extended form. Director Mark Andrews discusses the decision-making process that led to the shortened versions of these scenes.
- Director Commentary
BLU-RAY DISC 2 INCLUDES:
- “Fergus & Mor’du” An Alternate Opening – Once upon a time, “Brave” had a different opening scene. Eventually cut from the film, fans can see it in its entirety in this bonus feature narrated by the film’s director Mark Andrews.
- Fallen Warriors Montage – A selection of deleted shots that were cut from the film late in production are presented to fans in various stages of completion through a video montage narrated by director Mark Andrews.
- Dirty Hairy People – Fans will enjoy this uproarious bonus feature discussing the development of “Brave’s” Scots – including the design of their hair, attire, and dirt-crusted physiques.
- It is English…Sort Of – This bonus feature helps fans interpret some of the more Scottish lines in the film, thanks to the real Scottish actors who play the key characters and contributed their own dialects and sayings.
- Angus – A look at Merida’s most trusted companion, Angus, a mighty Clydesdale.
- The Tapestry – Fans will learn the story behind this embroidered emblem of family unity, which was lovingly crafted by “Brave’s” team of artists.
- Promotional Pieces – This bonus includes promotional clips for “Brave,” including: “Feast Yer Eyes,” “Relics,” “Clan DunBroch,” “Launch,” and more.
- Art Gallery – A selection of breathtaking art from the creation of the film, showcasing characters, sets, scenes, and stunning landscapes.
- Wee Gaffes – A video montage of simulation, animation and shot bloopers.
- Renaissance Animation Man – Get a look at Director Mark Andrews’ love of Scotland, sword-fighting, music, and more!
- Teasers and Sneak Peeks
BLU-RAY 3D DISC INCLUDES:
- · “La Luna” Theatrical Short
- · “La Luna” Theatrical Short
- · “The Legend of Mordu” All-New Short
- · Director Commentary
- Website & Mobile site: Disney.com/Brave
- Like on Facebook: facebook.com/PixarBrave
- Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/pixar
- Download Games of Bravery from the Movie Brave!
- Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE: Hidden Movie Gems…Can You Spot It?
- Disney Digital Books: Brave App Storybook Deluxe Review
- Disney Digital Books: Brave Interactive Comic App Review
- Disney * Pixar: FREE #Brave Activity Sheets & Videos
- Scottish Recipes Inspired by Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE
- Watch the New “Brave” Featurette Called Kilt
- Watch the New Trailer from Brave: The Prize
- See Disney’s “BRAVE” Newest Trailer!