BRAVE arrives in theaters everywhere on June 22nd!
A grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor, “Brave” uncovers a new tale in the mysterious Highlands of Scotland where the headstrong Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos, forcing her to discover the meaning of true bravery before it’s too late.
Here are 2 fun Scottish Recipes to try :: Just click on the picture to enlarge
Make sure to check out my other BRAVE Related posts:
- Watch the New Trailer from Brave: The Prize
- Watch the New “Brave” Featurette Called Kilt
- Disney’s “Brave” Movie: Sneak Peek!
Fun Movie Facts:
The World of Ancient Scotland
AMBIANCE — The art department crafted approximately 350 paintings of leaves, brush and moss to create the appropriate atmosphere for the Scottish Highlands during ancient times.
LOCATION SCOUTS — The “Brave” production team took two research trips to Scotland. While the modern-day country does not reflect the ancient time period seen in the film, team members visited landmark locations and attended select events to get a flavor for the current culture, and observe how much of Scotland’s ancient history and tradition is still present.
ORDER UP – During the Scotland research trips, the production team frequented a restaurant near the Edinburgh Castle and feasted on its homemade haggis—a pudding made with sheep’s heart, liver and lungs.
WEE ROOM — On one of the research trips, the group stayed at the Kintail Lodge Hotel, in the western highlands of Scotland. There were eight men on the research team during this trip, and all eight were assigned to lodge in the hotel’s “Wee Bunk House,” a tiny room separate from the main hotel building that had six beds and one bathroom. (The women enjoyed more comfortable accommodations in the main building.) Lodging in these cozy quarters proved a memorable experience: the production team’s key meeting room at Pixar is named in honor of the Wee Bunk House.
MAGIC OR MYTH — In Scotland, there is a natural phenomenon of swamp and bog gasses that seep up through the earth, and are blue in color like the flame of a pilot light. Scottish lore says that some people would follow these lights, thinking they were little fairies. The production team took this myth and created the “will o’ the wisps” in “Brave.” The will o’ the wisps light a path and beckon Merida into the forest, leading her to change her fate.
ROCK AROUND — The Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis are one of the oldest of Scotland’s mysterious wonders. They provided a reference for the mysterious ring of stones Merida discovers in “Brave.”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT – The “Brave” character team consumed more than 60 packages of double-stuff Oreos in 2011.
TRADITIONS – All of Pixar’s films feature some hidden gems and “Brave” is no exception. In fact, these time-honored traditions are all featured in one set. There’s also a tribute to longtime Pixar story whiz Joe Ranft in the same location.
- Visible somewhere in every Pixar film to date, A113 is the classroom at CalArts that has been “home” to John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton.
- Each Pixar film pays homage to “Toy Story” by featuring the infamous Pizza Planet Truck.
- Pixar films always tease a character from the next Pixar release.
Actor John Ratzenberger, Pixar’s “lucky charm,” has had a voice role in every Pixar film. “Brave” is no different – Ratzenberger plays one of the castle guards at the entrance to the great hall. And the second of the hall guards is voiced by none other than “Brave” composer Patrick Doyle.