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"Brave" News Roundup: Developing the Movie and More (UPDATED June 21, 2012)

Several articles are making the rounds now about Brave, the upcoming new release from Disney/Pixar coming to theaters this Friday, June 22, 2012:

  • The Boston Globe covers the development of the movie overall, examining how the story was originally inspired by co-director Brenda Chapman’s relationship with her daughter and how the movie aspired to separate itself from the Disney fairy tale tradition.
  • The New York Times examines the visual development of the movie’s protagonist, Princess Merida, with comments from Chapman as well as production designer Steve Pilcher.
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer speaks with Pixar Chief Technology Officer Steve May about the specific challenges of animating Merida’s trademark unruly red hair, which required major efforts to revamp the system originally developed for the fur on Sully in Monsters Inc.

(UPDATES Added June 21, 2012)

  • The Hollywood Reporter talks with director Mark Andrews and producer Katherine Sarafian about the replacement of Brave’s original director Brenda Chapman.
  • The Los Angeles Times profiles Mark Andrews. Among other topics, the article covers his history with director Brad Bird; his work on The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and on the second unit of John Carter; his replacement of Brenda Chapman as the director of the film; his penchant for kilts and Scotland even before beginning work on Brave.
  • Andrews, Sarafian, and cast members Kelly Macdonald, Craig Ferguson, and Kevin McKidd answer questions from the Associated Press about how well the movie captures Scotland.
  • Actor Kelly Macdonald was interviewed on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan on being the first female lead in a Pixar movie:

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  • Actor Kevin McKidd spoke with the Hollywood Reporter about working on the film and his contributions as a native Scot, including his use of an unintelligible dialect from his hometown of Dorec to voice the son of Lord MacGuffin.
  • The Hollywood Reporter also includes some problems the film has run into at the Trademark Office, including a run-in with the Atlanta Braves baseball team, who objected to a trademark on certain food goods; and on a refusal to trademark “Disney Pixar Brave” over what seemed to be confusion by an examiner at the Trademark Office over Disney’s acquisition of Pixar in 2006.

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