Walt Disney Studios’ chairman Alan Horn hosts Walt Disney Studios’ 2012 Animation Celebration, Honors “Brave”, “Frankenweenie”, “Paperman” and “Wreck-It Ralph”

Last night, Walt Disney Studios’ chairman Alan Horn hosted The Walt Disney Studios’ 2012 Animation Celebration at the  Beverly Hills Hotel, which honored “Brave”, “Frankenweenie”, “Paperman”, and “Wreck-It Ralph”. Images from last night’s event are below.

‘Brave” flings Back into Theaters This Weekend


Walt Disney Studios will attempt to lure people back to theaters this weekend by expanding its Marvel superhero blockbuster, “The Avengers,” and Pixar princess tale,”Brave,” to roughly 1,700 theaters apiece.

An end-of-summer push has been attempted before by the studio — last year, “Cars 2,” which first hit theaters in June, expanded from around 200 theaters to more than 2,000 during the Labor Day holiday and grossed $1.8 million.

Disney’s executive vice president of distribution Dave Hollis said

“We wanted to try it again and use messaging that says, ‘Get it while you can, one last time before these films head to video’”

“Brave,” which is currently in about 500 theaters, has grossed $443 million worldwide and $230 domestically since it opened June 22. “Brave” will arrive on Blu-ray/DVD Nov. 13.

This weekend, both films will be playing on 3-D and 2-D screens.

Brave to hit shelves on Nov. 13

A heroic fantasy, it also realistically captures the complex shadings of familial relationships,   particularly those between a mother and her teenage daughter. And for that, it’s brave indeed.

USA Today, Claudia Puig

THE #1 ANIMATED FILM OF THE YEAR!

 ‘Brave’ Debuts November 13, 2012 on Blu-ray Combo Pack


Featuring Hours of Exciting All-New Bonus Material Including 
the Never-Seen-Before Animated Short “The Legend of Mor’du”

Burbank, Calif., August 22, 2012 — Disney•Pixar proudly announces the Blu-ray™ hi-def debut of “Brave,” the year’s #1 animated movie and Pixar Animation Studio’s 13th consecutive hit, on November 13, 2012.  A breathtaking adventure that has entertained audiences of all ages, the stunning Blu-ray release of “Brave” includes hours of all-new bonus material, extraordinary behind the scenes features, extended and deleted scenes, a mysterious and exciting, new short film, ‘The Legend of Mor’du,” and much more.

An original and thrilling journey set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland, “Brave” follows the heroic journey of the headstrong, young adventurer Merida.  Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery.  The 5-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition (1 Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray Discs + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy) has something for everyone – from the home entertainment enthusiast who demands the highest quality, state-of-the-art technology offerings, to the family who enjoys the interactive and engaging bonus features that only Blu-ray can provide – making this unique and beautiful film a “must add” to any home media collection.

The exciting home entertainment debut of “Brave” will be available in multiple ways, containing exciting all-new bonus features that extend the breathtaking movie experience. 

I. ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITON:  5-DISC COMBO PACK 

(BD 3D + BD Feature + BD Supplemental Material + DVD + DIGITAL COPY)

BLU-RAY – DISC 1 INCLUDES:

“La Luna” Theatrical Short – Fans will love this charming short that accompanied the film in theatres.  It follows a young boy on his first night working the family business alongside his father and grandfather.

“The Legend of Mor’du” Short – This rousing new bonus short film will give fans the chance to delve deeper into the legend behind Mordu, as told by the eccentric witch who transformed him.

Brave Old World – Fans will watch as members of the “Brave” production team investigate Scotland, exploring its land, culture, people and dialects. The research they gathered was brought thrillingly to life in the film.  Also, fans will hear what actress Emma Thompson (voice of Queen Elinor) thinks of Pixar’s take on her homeland.  

Merida & Elinor – With the creation of Merida and Elinor, the Pixar filmmakers delved deep into the relationship between mother and daughter. Highlighting contrasts in character design, clothing, animation, voicing, even hairstyle, watch how the filmmakers explored this most important of relationships.

Bears – Take a look inside the art and design behind the bears in “Brave.” Each of the bears, gentle Mum-Bear and terrifying Mor’du, demanded a different approach to creating their physical appearance and personality.

Brawl in the Hall – A fascinating and hilarious inside look at the process of creating “Brave’s” fighting Scots, through animation, crowd simulation and fight choreography – not to mention a room full of grunting men whose vocal chortles added authenticity to the raucous scene.

Wonder Moss – Fans will explore how “Brave’s” technical artists examined the real Scottish countryside and studied the laws of nature, then turned these findings into computer codes that would blanket Merida’s Scotland in lush moss, lichen and bracken.

Magic –The magic and mystery of  Scotland is revealed to fans in this charming feature about the legends – from mystical potions to the will-o’-the-wisps – seen in “Brave.”

Clan Pixar – At Pixar, getting into character is a team effort. From making Haggis to Kilt Fridays to celebrating the Scottish poet Robert Burns, fans will see how the “Brave” production crew truly embraced Scottish themes and customs fueled the Pixar crew throughout the creation of “Brave.”

Once Upon A Scene – A closer look at the evolution of the storylines throughout the production of the film, including alternative openings to the film and many deleted scenes.

Extended Scenes – Three separate scenes are highlighted in their extended form. Director Mark Andrews discusses the decision making process that led to the shortened versions of these scenes.

Director Commentary

BLU-RAY DISC 2 INCLUDES:

“Fergus & Mor’du” An Alternate Opening – Once upon a time, “Brave” had a different opening scene. Eventually cut from the film, fans can see it in its entirety in this bonus feature narrated by the film’s director Mark Andrews.

Fallen Warriors Montage – A selection of deleted shots that were cut from the film late in production are presented to fans in various stages of completion through a video montage narrated by director Mark Andrews.

Dirty Hairy People – Fans will enjoy this uproarious bonus feature discussing the development of “Brave’s” Scots – including the design of their hair, attire, and dirt-crusted physiques.

It is English…Sort Of – This bonus feature helps fans interpret some of the more Scottish lines in the film, thanks to the real Scottish actors who play the key characters and contributed their own dialects and sayings.

Angus – A look at Merida’s most trusted companion, Angus, a mighty Clydesdale.

The Tapestry – Fans will learn the story behind this embroidered emblem of family unity, which was lovingly crafted by “Brave’s” team of artists.

Promotional Pieces – This bonus includes promotional clips for “Brave,” including: “Feast Yer Eyes,” “Relics,” “Clan DunBroch,” “Launch,” and more.

Art Gallery – A selection of breathtaking art from the creation of the film, showcasing characters, sets, scenes and stunning landscapes.

Wee Gaffes – A video montage of simulation, animation and shot bloopers.

Renaissance Animation Man – Get a look at Director Mark Andrews’ love of Scotland, sword-fighting, music and more!

Teasers and Sneak Peeks

  BLU-RAY 3D DISC INCLUDES:

“La Luna” Theatrical Short

  DVD Includes:

“La Luna” Theatrical Short

“The Legend of Mordu” All-New Short

Director Commentary

II.COLLECTOR’S EDITION: 3-DISC BLU-RAY COMBO PACK
(BD Feature + BD Supplemental Material + DVD) 

III.1-DISC DVD

Street Date:   November 13, 2012

Direct Prebook:   September 18, 2012  –  Distributor Prebook: October 2, 2012

Suggested Retail Prices:  5-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $49.99 U.S./$56.99 Canada (SRP)

3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada (SRP)

1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada (SRP)

Feature Run Time:   Approximately 95 minutes

Rated:    PG (bonus not rated)

Technical Specifications (applies to film content only):

Blu-ray 3D Feature Film = 1080p High Definition

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Sound: 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD

English 5.1 Dolby Digital

English 2.0 Near Field Mix

French 7.1  Dolby Digital Plus

French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

English Commentary 2.0 Dolby Digital

Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Sound: 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD

English 5.1 Dolby Digital

English 2.0 Near Field Mix

French 7.1  Dolby Digital Plus

French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

English Commentary 2.0 Dolby Digital

DVD Feature Film

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions)

Sound: English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

English 2.0 Near Field Mix

English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

English Commentary 2.0 Dolby Digital

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!. For more information, please visit www.disney.com.

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Review: ‘Brave’ Guides Arrow into Target, Roars into Eardrums (Spoiler- Free Version)

I can finally say that I have resisted temptation for about a month. I picked up the novelization of ‘Brave’ and I have not let my eyes touch it since.

While the Disney/Pixar logos began to play on the screen, I began to get the chills. I was so excited for Brave and to see La Luna again. The movie starts off with a very heartfelt scene that can be seen briefly in the Mother’s Day trailer. It escorts into the very emotional argument between Merida and Elinor, where Merida becomes very upset and does something she hopes will change her fate.

The movie switches back and forth between the stories of Fergus and Merida & Elinor. In between the mix, the triplet brothers can be caught doing some sneaky stuff.

There are some dark sides of the movie, in other words scary. The end has this element and also does the middle. The story involved with the “fate-changer” and the Mor’du confused me a little bit. The humor didn’t bother me in the first act, but it was rather annoying throughout the rest of the movie after that. The new animation software made this movie ultimately beautiful, warm, and captivating.

The end made me tear up some, and Brenda Chapman has been mentioning a lot of people have reportedly cried. I rate Brave 9/10 tarts.

Also, THERE IS A POST-CREDITS SCENE!!! MUST-SEE!!!! Also, Be on the lookout for Easter eggs.