During an otherwise reportedly lackluster presentation by Walt Disney Studios President Rich Ross, Disney has formally announced the upcoming releases of Pixar’s Brave (formerly The Bear and the Bow, the news of the re-dubbing we first broke here) to be released on June 15, 2012 and the long anticipated sequel, Monsters Inc 2 which currently carries a release date of November 16, 2012.
UPDATE: Following our initial report on the domain name and trademark registrations, Disney has also gone ahead and registered a few trademark applications specifically for DISNEY PIXAR BRAVE. Here’s an example. Note although the application was filed on March 12, it takes a few days for it to become accessible to us.
Once upon a time, it appears that Pixar director Pete Docter ‘slipped up’ and referred to a project they were working on titled Brave. After much speculation then and what appeared to be much ado about apparently nothing, The Pixar Blog quoted a reliable source as noting Brave is simply an internal project name for The Bear and the Bow, as cryptic as one it may be. A Blue Harvest if you will.
But a recent move by the Disney Trademark department might suggest otherwise. Granted ‘Brave’ could be applicable to most anything and certainly may have nothing to do with the film from Pixar Animation Studios, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office experienced a flurry of Brave applications very recently — we counted fourteen (so far) — covering the full gamut of products and applications. Here’s just one example.
If we seem like we might be jumping the gun — er, bow — on this one, we won’t deny it. But while we often get the clue when Disney goes to register domain names, the recent activity is very reminiscent of the many trademark applications Disney also recently made for Tangled and Disney Tangled. For those of you playing along at home, however, it turns out that Disney did in fact register BRAVE-MOVIE.COM and BRAVETHEMOVIE.COM back on October 31, 2009 and to-date has registered ZERO domain names related to The Bear and the Bow according to our sources.