We've been giving Pixar a little bit of the business as of late after they decided to churn out multiple sequels for some of their more popular properties instead of creating new, original content. Last year was 'Toy Story 3,' this year is 'Cars 2,' and though 'Monsters Inc. 2' is also in the works, 2012 will see Pixar return to form with a new Scotland-set animated adventure called 'Brave.' Entertainment Weekly has provided us with the first look at Pixar's 13th feature-length movie, which is set to hit theaters on June 22, 2012.
Reese Witherspoon was originally set to voice the lead character, Merida, a tomboyish princess who sets out on a quest to make things right after damaging her kingdom, though the actress had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts and has since been replaced by Kelly Macdonald. EW describes the plot of 'Brave' ...
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida's quest -- and serving as comic relief -- are the kingdom's three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).
We're diggin' the long red locks on Merida, and can't wait to see the great lengths those wizards at Pixar will go to recreate the beautiful Scottish landscapes. Oh, and heck yeah on the female heroine, Pixar! It's about time. Though there's been some controversy surrounding this film already -- what with the original female writer-director (Pixar's first), Brenda Chapman, being replaced by Mark Andrews (the two will be listed as co-directors) -- it's our hope that the change will not hurt the final outcome. Check out two images above, and see the EW story for more.