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Be Brave and See It

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My boys and Merida strike a pose at Disney California Adventure (she’s usually in Disneyland, but she made a special appearance for Cars Land Media Day).

Pixar took some lumps after Cars 2 was released. There were more than a few people that believed that it was not up to Pixar’s standards. I was one of them (all is forgiven thanks to Cars Land!). Don’t worry, Brave (and La Luna) has Pixar back on the pedestal where it belongs.

Brave is set in Scotland, and it follows the contention between Princess Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor, over the fate of the former — and it wasn’t something pulled from a previously existing fairy tale, but rather the real experience of story creator Brenda Chapman (except she isn’t Scottish royalty). According to Brave Director Mark Andrews (pictured below), “Brenda Chapman came up with the storyline and the characters, and it came out of her being a parent and her trials and tribulations with her daughter.”Read More »Be Brave and See It

Brave Stories – Merida

A new trailer from Pixar tells the story of Merida, the fiery redhead who is at the center of the animated feature Brave. There’s definitely some new footage in this clip, plus we get to learn more about Princess Merida. So far I like what… Read More »Brave Stories – Merida

Oil Company renames itself Pixar

After reading a strange press release found by Big Screen Animation blog, I had to double-check the calendar to make sure it wasn’t already April Fools day. A Canadian oil company has renamed itself after Pixar Animation Studios, perhaps in hopes of capitalizing on the… Read More »Oil Company renames itself Pixar

Real Life “Up” House for sale in Herriman, Utah

Update: More stories covering the Pixar “Up House” including two great video tours. Bangerter homes, in conjunction with the the Salt Lake City Home Builders Association, has come up with a great way to get visitors, and potential buyers, to their Parade of Homes event,… Read More »Real Life “Up” House for sale in Herriman, Utah

Cars 2 Trailer – New Edition

The second major trailer for Cars 2 has been released. In it we get a few more details surrounding the plot and meet a few new characters that add some spice to the story. If you can’t see it here, check it out at Trailers.Apple.com… Read More »Cars 2 Trailer – New Edition

First Screenshot from Pixar Short La Luna revealed

The next animated short film to be released by Pixar is “La Luna”. Directed by Enrico Casarosa and produced by Kevin Reher, La Luna is expected to be released in front of the Pixar film “Brave.” I’ve been a long time fan of Casarosa’s blog and sketchbooks.

La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?

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Brave – New Concept Art Released by Pixar

Conceived as it’s first foray into Fairy Tales, Pixar’s next release is set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland and features a female protagonist (also a first for Pixar). “Brave” is the grand adventure of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer… Read More »Brave – New Concept Art Released by Pixar