‘Brave’ Merida, Angus Concept Art and Poses (Hi-Res)

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In honor of the first installment of the ‘Brave Stories’ released yesterday by Disney/Pixar, focusing on Princess Merida and her lot in life, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with these poses and concept art for Merida (and her hair) and her faithful steed, Angus.

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‘Brave’ Featurette ‘Brave Stories’ Features New Animation, Merida’s Path

Disney/Pixar's Brave - Merida

Walt Disney Studios France has released this featurette titled ‘Brave Stories’ (or Rebelle as the film is known there). The featurette is narrated by Merida (Kelly Macdonald) as she explains her life as a princess and how she wishes to change her own fate, resulting in a hasty decision that leaves her with no choice but to be ‘brave’ to set things straight once again.

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‘Brave’ Celebrates Tartan Day on Facebook

Disney/Pixar's 'Brave' Celebrates Tartan DayObserved for the first time in 1997, National Tartan Day celebrates Americans of Scottish descent. April 6, Tartan Day, marks the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which would later serve as inspiration for the Declaration of Independence. As such, everyone is encouraged to honor all things Scottish on this day — history, culture, people, food and — if desired—an upcoming epic adventure that happens to be set in the stunning land.

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‘Brave’ Hi-Res Character Banners (Full Resolution)

Disney/Pixar's Brave - Hamish, Hubert, and Harris (The Triplets)

Fresh from their debut at Entertainment Weekly, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with these high-resolution images of the character banners from their upcoming release, Brave. The posters feature Princess Merida, King Fergus and Queen Elinor, the Triplets (Hamish, Hubert and Harris) and Lords Macintosh, MacGuffin and Dingwall.

The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop for Brave, 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.

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‘Brave’ Announced for Xbox Kinect, PlayStation Move, Wii, DS and PC

Brave: The Video GameDisney Interactive Media Group announced today that ‘Brave: The Video Game’ is currently in development for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo DS™ handheld system and Windows PC/ MAC. Inspired by Brave, the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated fantasy adventure movie, the video game invites players to run, jump and battle their way through the rugged landscape of mythical and mysterious Scotland. By using their wits and bravery, gamers will also be able to wield a sword and bow to defeat fierce enemies, break a magical curse and save a kingdom. The video game will release summer 2012, in conjunction with the film.

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Walt Disney World Now Casting for Merida Meet and Greet Character

Merida ©Disney/PixarWalt Disney World has issued casting calls for Princess Merida, the heroine that will be featured in Disney/Pixar’s Brave which opens in theaters nationwide on June 22, 2012. Expected to begin appearing at Soundstage 4 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (where the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian exhibit was formerly housed) in May, Merida will become the first face meet and greet character representing a Disney/Pixar property within the Disney Parks.

According to the casting notice, she will be 5’4″ – 5’6″ in height and is described as ‘impetuous, rough and tumble, strong-willed, determined and playful.’ She is also expected — at times — to be accompanied by a puppet version of the three cubs from the film.

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BRAVE: Merida Changes Her Fate in 2 1/2 Minute Extended Clip

Merida in 'Brave'Walt Disney Studios UK has released this extended clip from the upcoming Disney/Pixar film Brave. In the clip, which was actually shown to attendees at the Disney D23 Expo (who were sworn to secrecy by director Mark Andrews), Princess Merida takes it upon herself to enter an archery contest in which a ‘proper’ suitor is meant to be chosen for her. Perhaps inspired by the Greek Princess-slash-Godess Atalanta, Merida is convinced that if she can best her suitors, then she shall be allowed to choose her own fate, much to the chagrin of Queen Elinor.

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‘Brave’ New Teaser Poster, New Website and New Trailer/Extended Clip

Merida iPad Background ImageDisney/Pixar has released a new teaser poster for its upcoming film Brave through the Apple iTunes Trailer site, bringing further attention to the opportunity to change one’s fate tomorrow on Thursday, February 23, 2012 — an opportunity being teased by both Pixar and Apple, which most are presuming to be a brand new trailer. For the new poster, which uses the same profile of Merida as seen in this iPad background, visit the iTunes Trailers Brave gallery.

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EXCLUSIVE: New Hi-Res Still from Pixar’s ‘La Luna’

'La Luna' (L-R) Nonno, Papa and Bambino. © 2012 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.For being the first to correctly identify the favorite childhood Miyazaki series of writer/director Enrico Casarosa on Twitter this morning (the answer is ‘Future Boy Conan’), Stitch Kingdom won the right to exclusively premiere a brand new still from Pixar’s latest short, La Luna (full image after the jump).

La Luna is a coming of age tale in which a young boy is stuck between the stubborn ways of his Papa and Grandpa, each of whom expect Bambino to follow precisely in their footsteps. One night, when Bambino joins his elders as they tend to the unusual family business, he learns that the best way to be is to simply be himself.

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First Look: Brave Dolls and Toys from New York Toy Fair

Merida Doll

If there’s one thing to take away from Disney/Pixar’s Brave’s showing at this year’s International Toy Fair in New York, it’s that Brave is not a franchise. While there may be more merchandise coming down the pipeline as not all merchandise (or manufacturers for that matter) is represented at the trade show, the amount that has been shown for Brave pales in comparison to recent franchises such as Toy Story 3 and Cars 2. As a poor example, even Monogram International, which was showing a slight handful number of items for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie (no photos, sorry, is offering one sole item for Brave– a journal.

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