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Brave is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, and Irene Mecchi, directed by Andrews and Chapman and co-directed by Purcell. The film’s voice cast features Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, and John Ratzenberger. To make the most complex visuals possible, Pixar completely rewrote their animation system for the first time in 25 years. It is the first movie to use the Dolby Atmos sound format.

In Brave, set in the highlands of 10th century Scotland, a skilled archer named Merida defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom. After consulting a witch for help, her family becomes cursed and Merida is forced to undo the spell herself before it is too late. Brave premiered on June 10, 2012, at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was released in North America on June 22, 2012, to positive reviews.
Preceding the film is a short film entitled La Luna, directed by Enrico Casarosa.

In Scotland, King Fergus of Clan DunBroch presents his young daughter Merida with a bow for her birthday. While practicing, Merida encounters a will-o’-the-wisp. Soon afterwards, Mor’du, a giant demon bear, attacks the family. Merida escapes along with her mother Queen Elinor while Fergus fights off the bear at the cost of his left leg. Years later, Elinor has given birth to identical triplet boys and Merida has become a free-spirited teenager. Her mother informs her she is to be betrothed to one of her father’s allied clans. Reminding Merida of a legend about a prince who ruined his own Kingdom, Elinor warns her that failure to marry could harm the Kingdom. Despite the warning, Merida is dissatisfied with the arrangement.

The clans arrive with their first-born sons to compete in the Highland Games for Merida’s hand. Merida declares she is eligible to compete for her own hand as the first-born of Clan DunBroch, causing a falling out between Merida and Elinor. After damaging her family tapestry, Merida flees into the woods. While there, the will-o’-the-wisps lead her to the hut of an elderly witch who insists she is a wood carver. After some bargaining, the witch agrees to give Merida a spell to change her mother; in the form of a cake.

Merida returns to the castle and gives Elinor the cake, causing her mother to transform into a bear. With the help of her brothers, Merida and Elinor return to the witch’s now deserted cottage where they discovers that the spell will be permanent unless undone by the second sunrise. The witch leaves Merida a riddle, mentioning that she must “mend the bond torn by pride.” The two begin to reconcile their relationship while Merida observes that the spell is slowly becoming permanent, as Elinor often loses control and becomes like a bear. After encountering the wisps again, the two follow them to ancient ruins and discover that Mor’du was once the prince in Elinor’s legend, who received the same spell from the witch. Merida theorizes that she can reverse the spell by repairing her family tapestry.

At the castle, the clans are on the verge of war, but the princess quells their fighting and declares that the children should be allowed to get married in their own time. Merida then sneaks into the tapestry room with Elinor, who is losing control of her human self. Fergus enters the bed chamber and is attacked by Elinor until she regains human consciousness and races out of the castle in desperation. Thinking that Elinor is Mor’du, Fergus gives chase. With the help of her brothers, who have transformed into cubs by eating the cake, Merida races after her father while fixing the tapestry. The clan members and Fergus capture Elinor, but Merida intervenes just before Mor’du attacks the princess. Elinor kills Mor’du by luring him under a falling menhir, releasing the prince’s spirit.

Merida places the tapestry over Elinor, and reconciles with her. Elinor is transformed back along with the triplets, and the family is reunited. A few days later, the clans depart for their respective lands and Merida and Elinor ride their horses together.

In a post-credits scene, the witch’s crow asks a castle guard to sign for a delivery of wooden carvings that Merida bought in exchange for the spell.

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