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

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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.

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.

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