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Brave Soundtrack Transports Moviegoers to Ancient Scotland

One of the reasons I’m looking forward to Pixar’s Brave is the promise of a musical soundtrack that evokes the rich tapestry of Gaelic culture. It sounds like I”m in luck. Patrick Doyle’s score promises authenticity with a fresh and contemporary approach to, as well as two original songs performed by lauded Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis. A third original song plays during the film’s epilogue and is performed by UK singing sensation Birdy with British folk rock band Mumford & Sons.

“The music of ‘Brave’ supports the story, bolstering this epic journey with Merida,” said Director Mark Andrews. “The music really sets the tone for the film and underscores the time period. We wanted to capture this ancient feel of Scotland and the music really adds another layer of authenticity.”

The “Brave” soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on June 19, 2012 or you can pre-order it now on Amazon. The track list follows:

1. “Touch the Sky” Performed by Julie Fowlis
2. “Into the Open Air” Performed by Julie Fowlis
3. “Learn Me Right” Performed by Birdy [with Mumford & Sons]
4. “Fate and Destiny” Score
5. “The Games” Score
6. “I Am Merida” Score
7. “Remember to Smile” Score
8. “Merida Rides Away” Score
9. “The Witch’s Cottage” Score
10. “Song of Mor’du” Performed by Billy Connolly and Cast
11. “Through the Castle” Score
12. “Legends Are Lessons” Score
13. “Show Us the Way” Score
14. “Mum Goes Wild” Score
15. “In Her Heart” Score
16. “Noble Maiden Fair” (A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal) Performed by Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker
17. “Not Now!” Score
18. “Get the Key” Score
19. “We’ve Both Changed” Score
20. “Merida’s Home” Score

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Behind Brave: The Pixar Process

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You may recall that I took a trip to Pixar Studios to learn more about the upcoming film Brave, and you may also recall that the experience was awesome. In addition to learning about bagpipes, archery, and kilts, our wandering group of press and bloggers spent some quality time with the creative team behind the film. Emphasis on creative.

Louis Gonzales is a Story Artist at Pixar and was part of the team that traveled to Scotland for research (it’s all relative, they had to travel to the dump for Toy Story 3). It sounded amazing. He told this great story about a small, simple dinner they had one night while in Scotland, and how a woman had started singing a haunting, beautiful song that really touched him. He was so inspired that he created a scene with a similar song. His version wound up being a lullaby sang to Merida by her mother. There was a whole process that he had to go through in order to have the scene added to the film. It involved his having to sing falsetto in front of the Pixar bigwigs, and from the sample he played us it’s lucky he has such a fantastic day job:Read More »Behind Brave: The Pixar Process

Princess Merida – A First Look at Walk Around in the Parks

Just like a ride or a show, Disney’s walk around characters have soft openings where the character and their host get used to being in the park and interacting with guests. Princess Merida from Pixar’s Brave was recently spotted doing her thing near the International Gateway in EPCOT’s World Showcase.

I really love the character. Haven’t seem the film yet, obviously. But from the trailers it seems like they captured her well. My only beef is that she’s a bit too old compared to the young teen Merida appears to be in the movie. But I guess you have to meet certain realities when you’re in the park.

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Brave Merchandise Arrives in Disney Stores

Just last week, introduced 18 Brave related products. This afternoon, I was passing by a Disney Store in San Francisco, so I wandered in, and I was delighted to find a wall of Brave merchandise. A manager approached me to talk about the merchandise… Read More »Brave Merchandise Arrives in Disney Stores