Observed 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.
The day is also being celebrated by Disney/Pixar’s newest film, Brave, opening in theaters on June 22. On the event’s page on Facebook, you’ll find all sorts of interesting facts regarding both tartans and Brave including that there were four tartans designed for the film between King Fergus of DunBroch and the three unruly clans: Macintosh, MacGuffin and Dingwall.
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.
Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, Brave is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.