A Pizza Planet delivery truck has appeared in every Pixar film except The Incredibles, and, in a triumph for anachronisms, the tradition has continued into the recently-released Brave. The studio is apparently pretty proud of this, as today they sent out the above photo to reveal just where they squeezed the truck in this time: as a carving in the witch's cottage. They're also pretty proud they snuck Monsters, Inc.'s John Goodman monster into the film, and below you can see another just-released still showing how they did that. Hint: it also involves wood!
Here's the latest trailer for Disney-Pixar's Brave, the animated film about a Scottish princess who does not want to get married but does want to shoot arrows and fight bears and have a ton of hair. This one keeps a lot of the tone and plot points of prior trailers, but adds a hint of witchcraft and a tacked-on, forcefully poignant message about family that makes the entire thing feel like a powerful, Scottish Folger's commercial. More disturbingly, this trailer also gives our ears Billy Connolly's attempt at a female voice, which sounds like the angry ghost of a drowning child. It's a good thing Connolly's comedy routines never depended on doing a ton of impressions of women, or we probably never would have let him be Head of the Class.
Spoiler: the title is a reference to exhibiting bravery.
While the last domestic trailer for Brave seemed designed to paint the Pixar film as some kind of Scottish, archery-based commentary on arranged marriage, this newly-translated Japanese trailer takes a vastly different approach--and it's just the one you'd figure Disney would take having watched the films of Hayao Miyazaki. "The Japanese like a mixture of cute and horrific woodland creatures and mercurial forest spirits, right? Okay, let's really hammer that home then."
More of an extended clip than a true trailer, this latest preview for Pixar's Brave, like previous previews for Pixar's Brave, heavily features archery, Scottish brogues (most notably, Billy Connolly's Scottish brogue), and enough CGI curly red hair to ruin every CGI bar of soap ever. While those things alone aren't inherently so great (except for Billy Connolly's inability to not shout, which is always great), the idea of a new, original Pixar film is, so please enjoy this trailer for something that is not a Cars.
Hey, do you like girls doing archery? Do you not want to give in to watching The Hunger Games trailer? At last, a solution: Brave, a Pixar film about a Scottish princess that, like so many a princess heroine, is not content with sitting around being princessly. Surrounded by weak, sniveling young male population, Princess Merinda hopes to rise up to show her comparative mettle, but you know how the Scottish Highlands were; even Mel Gibson had a hard time getting people to back him, and he was Mel Gibson. Anyway, you get the idea. Gender politics! Adventure! Here's the trailer. From the visuals alone, already this film is way better than Vehicles with Eyes 2.
If Cars 2 was Pixar's foray into twice-as-wacky-as-the-first cash-grab sequel territory, it wasn't a long trip. Next summer, the studio is back to non-sequels--and, if this first preview is any indication, decidedly less whimsical, far less lurid tones--with Brave, the story of a defiant princess in the Scottish Highlands. This teaser trailer doesn't give us a whole lot in terms of story or characters, or really anything at all besides the killing a bear--but, man, if you want to see an animated princess kill the shit out of a bear, you are in for a treat.
Brave doesn't come out until a full year from today, but seeing that the animated feature doesn't have the name recognition of a Toy Story nor the talking cars of Cars, Disney•Pixar is getting a good jump on promoting this goddammer with this teaser poster. Basically all it shows us is a red-headed lady with a bow, but still, considering it's a Pixar, we should probably be operating under the assumption this will be the best movie about a red-headed lady and a bow. Or at least I hope so, because something desperately needs to replace this as the disturbing standard for movies involving redheads and bows.
Get Billy Crystal out of cold storage, because we've got a Monsters Inc. sequel to make by November 2012. Also something about a she-archer, says Variety:
[Disney] has dated Pixar's "Brave" for June 15, 2012 while also confirming a sequel to "Monsters Inc.," which will be released on Nov. 16, 2012.
"Monsters Inc.," released in 2001, becomes only the third Disney-Pixar property to reach sequel status; the first was "Toy Story," which is gearing up for its third installment this summer. The second, "Cars 2," will unspool in 2011.
Pixar's "Brave," formerly known as "Bear and the Bow," is the CGI animation company's first-ever female-driven feature.
Starring Reese Witherspoon,"Brave" tells the story of an impulsive princess (Witherspoon) who aims to shed her royal ties and become the world's first, great female archer.
You hear that, ladies? A Pixar movie with a female protagonist. Next up: voting rights. Because we've actually been throwing away your ballots for decades.