Pixar’s ‘Brave’ revealed with concept art

Scotland-based fairy tale will be first from animation studio with female co-director

Pixar’s 'Brave,' set it Scotland, will be released in 2012
Pixar’s ‘Brave,’ set it Scotland, will be released in 2012

Pixar’s 2012 project journeys to the lush green hills of Scotland, and if the concept art is any indication, could be a stunning production with some unique visuals as far as Pixar films go.

At least, that’s my hope. If the entire movie liked like these paintings, that would be about the coolest thing I could imagine for an animated project.

Disney has released three pieces of art that give a glimpse at Brave, a fairy tale. The film is the first Pixar production being co-helmed by a female director. Entertainment Weekly posted the images first early this morning, and got into a deep discussion on the apparently drama that went on regarding Brave.

To summarize, the story was pitched by Brenda Chapman, who was going to then helm the project on her own. But for one reason or another, she was “demoted” in October and Mark Andrews was brought in to take over. The pair will be credited as co-directors.

Here’s what Disney has to say about the tale:

The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop forBrave, a new tale that joins the land’s ancient lore—stories of epic battles and mystical legends passed down for generations. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is the grand adventure of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer who confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts to discover the true meaning of courage. The film also features the voices of Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane. Brave, full of heart, memorable characters and Pixar’s signature humor, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Take at look at the beautiful artwork below. Wouldn’t a film that reflected the style of the paintings just be stunning to watch?

Conceptual art shows Merida coming across a strange structure in 'Brave'
Conceptual art shows Merida coming across a strange structure in ‘Brave’
Conceptual art shows a castle in 'Brave'
Conceptual art shows a castle in ‘Brave’
Merida enters a magical forest in 'Brave'
Merida enters a magical forest in ‘Brave’

Pixar’s Brave will hit theaters June 22, 2012.

Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan has written, directed and produced more than a dozen short films under the banner of Maynard Films, and has worked as a writer for more than a decade for websites, magazines and newspapers.

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