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“Brave” Wins Golden Globe

Pixar’s Brave won the Golden Globe tonight for Animated Feature Film. It was in competition against Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania, Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-It Ralph. Since the Golden Globes introduced the animated feature award seven years ago, Pixar has won the award six times. Pixar’s sole loss was last year when The Adventures of Tintin took home the prize over Cars 2.

  • Mark Andrews: “Being Brave is about being true to yourself and allowing your loved ones that same freedom.”

    Yes. And being Brave is also about giving your co director and originator of the film the credit they deserve, instead of just mentioning, “the person who came up with the story.”

    • For the record, the first person Andrews thanked is Brenda Chapman. It’s unfortunate though that Andrews didn’t check with you first to find out exactly what words he should use to thank her:

    • For one Mark only has so much time to say much of anything while accepting an award, secondly he did not have to mention her but yet he did. Thirdly, Mark has been more than respectful of Brenda. Directors get changed out all the time when Brad Bird took over Ratatouille no one when on and on about it yet people have griped now for months about the whole Brenda Chapman ordeal. Let it die already, Brenda was also removed from a film at DreamWorks. Mark did not personally take a movie away nor should he be bashed for doing his job.

      • d. harry

        What movie was she removed from at DW?? As I understand it, she is back there now to oversee a new project.

        • wever

          What?? Isn’t Brenda at Lucasfilm??

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  • greg manwaring

    I personally think Brenda should have been present at the awards and gotten to go up and say a few words of her own.

  • Steve C.

    Congrats as I love BRAVE!!

  • Brenda was given co-director credit. She should have been there to receive a golden globe herself. She should also have been allowed to speak. Andrews seemed loud and irritatingly boorish beyond belief. I was a bit taken aback and embarrassed for the medium which seemed to be lowered to the pit of grip or “crew”. He was the director, for pete’s sake, and should have been able to speak with a touch – just a touch of class.

    • J

      Brenda should’ve absolutely been given at least a few words, especially after the early billing of Brave as a movie made “by women, for young women”, despite it turning out as a movie made “by a bunch of old men, pretending to replace a woman, for young women”

      A lot of people scoff at this, but… it was fairly evident. I think a lot of us are moving on to considering other studios as the benchmark-maintaining creative houses, nowadays.

      Frozen might be able to pick up where Pixar dropped the ball, with a female director. My only fear is that a ton of people are now going to judge all female directors started from Jennifer Lee, as they do often when a woman enters a male-dominated field. But I’m not worried, she’s awesome!

    • S.

      “Brenda was given co-director credit. She should have been there to receive a golden globe herself.”

      I agree, but so did Steve Purcell, and I’m the first person to mention him in 45 comments. Just saying.

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  • TIm

    So much for Jerry’s Frankenweenie prediction! Although they did manage to get a big fat shot of Tim Burton onscreen even though his film didn’t win. So maybe it’s the best of both worlds…?

  • I do wonder if Brave will ‘really’ win the main awards at the Annies and Oscars…or be like Spielberg’s TinTin from last year, while others get the main prizes. Just have to wait and see.

  • Gabbi

    Wreck it Ralph should have won…

    • Meri-Duh.

      Agreed. But, sadly, it didn’t have “Pixar” next to its entry so the HFP ignored it.

      • J

        then again, it’s only the golden globes…

        • wever

          If the Golden Globes don’t give the award to “Ralph”, neither will the Academy.

  • It’s interesting how the nominations in the cathegory were kinda different to the Oscars. And I think the winner will differ as well.

    But, like I said before in other topics, I’m one of the few people who thought Brave wasn’t really very different or worse than most other Pixar movies and I’m glad it wins something. I actually liked it more than Toy Story 3 or Wreck It Ralph, so congratulations to Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and all the staff.

  • Anyone think Pixar bribed the golden globe to get Brave to win the award? Since we all know that the globe obviously gave no dice for the infamous(and rather awful obvious cash in) Cars II.

  • Zac

    I remember reading about when Chapman was replaced or what-have-you, but I don’t think I ever really understood why. I find it hard to believe it was strictly a political decision, because then why would they have hired her into that position in the first place. Was there an official reason or just a seedy animation world underbelly reason? Can anyone fill me in on this? I’d hate to have to do my own Google search over here..

    • J

      there was never an official reason released, only a bunch of speculation from the information we had surrounding it. The closest we got was, “creative differences”. It painted a fairly clear picture that they essentially didn’t like what she was doing, and as such, took her project from her, and “released” her soon afterwards. I doubt that we’ll ever get any actual closure unless she decides to post it somewhere, and I think that is entirely her choice to do so. If she never does I completely respect that, but if she eventually does tell the animation community what happens, pixar should have zero say as to whether she can or not, and I’ll probably be taking her version of the story over the PR-approved version from Pixar.

      I hope she gets a chance to do something else one day.

      • Zac

        I would imagine there was some form of non-disclosure, so I can’t imagine she’ll be spilling the beans any time soon. Even if there wasn’t, from an industry point of view, you can’t really bitch about that stuff. Not publicly. It makes you look bad and it hurts your networking. The people that dropped her probably know every other animation industry big-wig, so burning that bridge would only make things harder for her down the road. Gotta take it on the chin.

        Guess it’s just another story for animation’s ‘Walts frozen head’ shelf.

    • Susan

      Brenda was one of the few female directors with all men in charge of Pixar. Mark Andrews was brought in to silly up the movie so it more resembled all the other Pixar movies.

      • great

        It’s all about the dolla dolla bill y’all- get over it and make your own.

      • Zac

        If that was the reason, and she was making a movie that was outside of the “Pixar brand”, I kind of understand the decision. It sucks for her, but I’m reluctant to agree it sets the women’s movement back 20 years or something.

        What Pixar should do is start a satellite studio with a wider range of material, instead of these overseas “sequel studios”. Kind of like how 20th Century Fox and other film studios have a production company for independent films. I’d love to see more adult themed animated movies and Pixar is one of the only studios with the bank to support that sort of thing.

    • HB

      It’s all a bunch of hearsay and conjecture. All we know is that Pixar replaced a director because of creative differences like they did with Ash Brannon on Toy Story 2 and Jan Pinkava on Ratatouille. The only reason people care about it this time and not those other times is because Pixar’s a giant now and people want to be the first to say that they’re losing it and, most importantly, because Brenda Chapman is one of the (far too) rare female animation directors. No one ever second-guessed Pixar’s brain trust for replacing directors before.

      • That’s true. For all we know her version could have been worse (not to say Brave was bad)

      • Daniel

        No one ever second-guessed Pixar’s brain trust for replacing directors before.


        1. they replaced chris sanders on american dog
        2. they replaced glen keane on tangled
        3. they replaced sam levine on wreck in ralph
        4.they replaced doug sweetland on monsters univ

        • HB

          1. Disney
          4. After Brave

        • HB

          Also, aside from American Dog, I don’t recall any public scrutiny over these moves. I believe Glen Keane stepped back due to his health rather than anyone removing him.

          • Even if it’s a Disney movie, wasn’t John Lasseter involved in Chris Sanders being fired? At leas that’s what most people said.

  • wever

    “Pixar’s sole loss was last year when The Adventures of Tintin took home the prize over Cars 2.”

    Well……………. THAT WAS CARS 2!!!! What were they expecting!??!!?

  • sarah

    Frankenweenie should have won. Brave only won because it’s Pixar.

    • SKent.

      I definitely found Frankenweenie the better movie. Unexpectedly so. I was expecting a tired retread(of the original, and so many other Burton films), but it had a lot of surprises.

      I found it excellent overall. They also deserve some kudos for making a B&W kids film in 2012.

  • Meri-Duh.

    Third undeserved win in the last 5 years. Sorry KFP, Coraline and Ralph… maybe if you “Pixar” on your poster.

  • Craig Svonkin

    I liked Brave, and also liked Frankenweenie, Wreck-it Ralph, and Rise of the Guardians. But the animated feature I loved most last year was Paranorman, which wasn’t even nominated. That film was visually arresting and touching in a way Brave wasn’t ( at least for me–perhaps because I’ve never had any mother-daughter experiences).

    • Zac

      I agree about the mother-daughter thing, it made it a little harder for me to get into the story. Not that it was a bad story or it was poorly told or anything. It’s just outside of my range of experience.

      At the same time, because I have a 10 year old daughter, I can see how there are very few animated features available that appeal to a girl’s range of experience. They don’t all want to be a princess.

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  • Sotiris

    Brenda Chapman said on Twitter that she wasn’t invited to attend the awards.

  • Mohegan

    To me, the Golden Globes became a big joke after they chose to nominate Hotel Transylvania instead of ParaNorman. So, I didn’t care a lot about which movie has won (Though Wreck-it Ralph deserved it more in my honest opinion).

    I really hope it won’t win the Oscars because, honestly, there are way better movies nominated than Brave.

    • wever

      I personally think that Wreck-It Ralph was better than BRAVE.

  • Toonio

    They can give awards to anything but the facts are on the screen and cannot be changed. Frame by frames, from act to act. (i,e. (the most evident) last shot of Elinor and Merida galloping into the sunset is a jerky mess, go there and play it).

    Going to sleep knowing you are second best at most just gives you unrest. Better have a good second than an undeserved first.

    And I feel sorry for the better films there that were downplayed by Brave. The GG doesn’t mean they were less than Brave or anything.

    • I don’t remember how the galloping was but I seriously doubt that a little flaw in the technical aspects make it the less good film?

      Or do you think it was badly animated overall?

      Seriously, I don’t know why but there seems to be some bias against this movie.

      • ak

        Maybe it just wasn’t that good – overall. I enjoyed Wreck It Ralph much much more than Brave. I haven’t yet seen Frankenweenie so can’t comment on that. But it seems there were much better contenders than Pixar this year.

  • I was really surprised when BRAVE won, but I guess I should not have been. The name Pixar carries a lot of weight due to their past brilliant movies (not all but most). I really wish I could have liked BRAVE as much as some do and, but the story felt very flawed and disjointed. Not sure what happened but it feels like Pixar drop the ball on this one. They are capable of such stronger storytelling.

  • wgan

    Brave was a very weak Pixar feature so why the winning at the first place??

  • Barney Miller

    I find it odd that no one seemed so incensed when Brad Bird took Ratatouille over from Jan Pinkava and won the Oscar. Ratatouille was Jan’s original idea and he worked on it for several years before he was replaced by Brad.

    Mark was asked to do a difficult thing, (as was Brad) in replacing a colleague to finish a film. For some reason though, Mark is continually raked over the coals while Brad was applauded.

    Unfortunately directors get replaced quite a bit in animation. However, I think a bigger deal has been made about Brenda’s being replaced.

    Any thoughts on why that is?

    • 1. Pretty much the difference between Ratatouille and Brave is that Brave was going to debut Pixar’s first female director project. That’s what made it an uproar (should’ve seen Cartoon Brew’s thread when the news broke out). Brad just only substituted another dude about a rat. Mark substituted the ‘supposed’ first female to direct a movie at Pixar….more looks at possible sexism to some (not everyone).

      2. Another difference is Brad Bird’s Ratatouille was a huge direction away from what Jan Pinkava’s vision was originally going to be for the film (see DVD Bonus notes/art book). For Brave, they still stayed a bit close to the original script.

      3. It’s Brad Bird! Oscar winner, powerful storyteller and juggernaut….you don’t mess with Brad! :D lol

    • Jason Campbell

      I think its the amount of time involved in the production.

      I may be wrong but as I understand it Mark took the lead with 18 months left in production and Brad basically took Ratatouille back to the drawing board.

      The foundation of Brave was Brenda’s and she guided it very close to completion, relatively speaking, obviously a ton of work was done in those 18 months and Mark had been involved very early on and I’m sure was instrumental in helping shape the film before he was made Director but I think the reason why it seems to cause so much noise vs. Ratatouille is that it appears to have happened so late with presumably less of an impact on the final product, comparatively.

      It is also compounded by Brenda leaving and being open about it. I feel much more aware of the impact on her as an artist losing a project so personal to her. It is hard not to feel for her.

      Of course I know about as much as the next wholly removed animation fan, informed only by rumours, articles and interviews. So who knows how close I am to the truth if at all.

      I do wish she were given the opportunity to be a part of the celebration. I’m not sure why that is outside of what could be inferred as the obvious love loss between she and Pixar. I don’t fault Mark for any of it but it is hard to know who to feel happy for. He is brash and loud and perhaps off-putting, but from what I know of him a great artist and storyteller, truth is outside of the success and level of talent I see a lot of similarities between he and I. I’ve always had a time controlling my volume, excitement and love for animation.

      I guess we want to believe that Pixar is a holy place, a sanctuary for artists where art is paramount above business and these events have weakened that pedestal if only just. It is a business though and as such there are those in charge who have that final say and there is always going to be someone disappointed when you make a business of art.

    • Kyle Maloney

      A number of reasons. Brenda was touted as their first female director, it was kind of a big deal when it was first announced. Also, its friggin Brad Bird.

      I also haven’t heard much about Ratatouille before Brad came in, on the other hand Brenda’s version of her movie supposedly screened really well with most everyone within the studio but Lasseter. All are factors I think.

    • IJK

      Because if we don’t keep putting emphasis on every unfortunate action that happens to a woman, how will we still make sexism relevant?

      • ORlly

        So you think sexism isn’t “relevant” anymore? Really? How old are you? What’s your life experience in the film business thus far? Which sex are you?

      • Rebochan

        Yea, how dare these uppity women expose blatantly sexist practices in the boys club that is the animation industry? It’s like they keep thinking the animation industry is full of professionals who might, I dunno, want to change to be more accommodating towards women or something.

  • Mike K

    While I’m happy for Pixar winning a Golden Globe since “Brave” was a gorgeous looking film and told a rich story, I thought the competition this year was stacked against it, so much so that even a ridiculously well-done film like “ParaNorman” was left out in the dust. I really felt that it was going to be a showdown between “Frankenweenie” and “Wreck-It Ralph”. This year was an incredible one for animation and each of the nominees created films that I all personally loved. Awards or no awards, all of these films packed something very special and entertaining for audiences all over the world.

    • Joe

      “rich story”

      I didn’t see anything too rich about it. In fact, it has the same exact plot as the first Toy Story and has some pretty big plot holes (I guess the king didn’t bother looking for Elinor and Merrida when they went missing the first night?) Add some independent womyn, idiot male characters, fake pathos and slapstick and you get a really badly directed movie that just looks pretty.

      • I guess you’re right about Fergus not looking for them as a plot hole. I should rewatch it, but yeah, I think that wasn’t explained very well.

        Other than that the fact that there are independent women, idiot males and slapstick is not necessarily ‘bad’.

        And I didn’t feel the pathos were any less sincere than the one in Wreck It Ralph or any other recent animated movie. In fact I found it more believable than usual.

        • Joe

          “Other than that the fact that there are independent women, idiot males and slapstick is not necessarily ‘bad’.”

          It is bad when you’re trying to tell a serious story about a young women’s independence and individuality when you make her competitors completely incompetent and stupid in order to make her look better.

          They could’ve balanced that out by making the movie a full-ledged comedy and making Merrida equally as goofy and fun, or make the male characters more serious and an actual challenge to Merrida’s freedom but the movie can’t seem to make a choice between being serious or being fun.

          [SPOILER WARNING] The pathos was lost on me because there wasn’t a doubt in mind that everything was going to be okay based on much comedy they put into the movie. I liked the scene where Merrida and Elinor destory the personally items of each other, though.

          • Cartoonnetwork

            I understand your view, but I didn’t find it so problematic. I think the qualities and deffects of Merida are pretty clear in the story, so there is not even the necessity to compare her with the male characters to begin with. If the movie were about Merida competing with the men it would be a problem. If it was some sort of quest during the whole picture and they made the male adversaries dumb so she looked better. But the competition part is short and not really the subject of the movie.

            To me it makes sense that the boys are not especially handsome or bright because the point is Merida doesn’t want to marry anyone of them. They could have been handsome and clever and still Merida couldn’t love them but the cinema conventions tell us the opposite. It would be harder to explain why she didn’t like a guy if he were perfect. And the fact that she didn’t finally choose any of those guys for a husband is esentially what makes the bigger difference with most Disney movies and I liked that.

            I’d agree that the humor was a little goofy and maybe it could have been toned down a little, but I don’t really think Pixar is extremely serious in other movies. In fact most of the others have main characters that tell more jokes or have a comic effect (Russell, Dugg and Kevin in Up). Here the main story with Merida and the mother didn’t have a lot of humor (although Elinor as a bear was fun) and maybe they were trying to balance it a little.

          • Any Mouse

            I disagree on them having to be goofy. If they were conventionally attractive and Merida still rejected them, it would emphasize the fact that she does not think she is ready to marry in general.

            Having them be goofy did work in the final film, since…

            SPOILER:…it makes the twist that they did not want to marry her either all the more of a twist.

  • Dave

    Frankenweenie and Wreck it Ralph are both better films with better characters. Funny to see the princess movie win. I guess animation is still about dolls.

    • Yeah, because Wreck It Ralph designs and concept is totally not for selling things. Or Tim Burton doesn’t sell toys and t.-shirts of his characters at all.

      Brave is not that much of a princess movie anyway. She happens to be a princess , but the relationship with her mother could have been pretty much the same if she were a modern girl. The conflict of the movie has little relation with her being a princess.

      Also I have to differ that FrankenWeenie and Wreck It Ralph had better characters. FrankenWeenie’s and WIR had characters that looked interesting but were either underveloped or not so charismatic. Sparky was cute, and the Weird Girl was entertaining. The rest of the characters were pretty underdeveloped. In Wreck It Ralph, the main character is just ok, his conflict is cliche and I didn’t feel he had a very specific personality. Vanellope was a good character though a slightly irritating one. But she was defined. Felix was like Mickey Mouse, nice but very little in terms of personality. Sgt. Calhoun had too little to do and King Candy was a fun design but not especially memorable as a villain.

      Now Merida was really likeable in my opinion, even if she took the wrong decisions. Elinor was also likeable and she had a lot of personality even as a silent bear. The triplets were hilarious and the rivalry between Fergus and Mor’du was very well presented. For the little time we saw her the Witch was interesting since she wasn’t either good or evil.

  • As a 3d animator… I was annoyed that he did not thank anyone who worked on the film.

  • Shazbot

    Brave was below-par Pixar IMO. I really didn’t like Merida, the heroine. Mostly because of those scenes where her mother was getting violently ill because of a potion HER DAUGHTER gave her, and that daughter didn’t show the slightest concern – just kept nagging her mom to change her mind about an arranged marriage. Geez. If Merida’s an example of a new Disney heroine, I’ll take Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, and Jasmine any day.

    • I’d normally dislike this kind of mean spirited reactions in a character too, but for some reason I didn’t mind it here. Maybe cause the movie is not necessarily on Merida’s side. The Little Mermaid is really about making Ariel likeable so we can understand her decissions. We get his father’s point of view, but it’s more about Ariel being the heroine.

      Here I already thought Merida was charismatic and fun before we got to that point of the story. Although it’s really pretty irresponsible from her what I got from Merida’s reactions is that she never thought for one minute that the cake was going to make her mother sick and/or die. She was just thinking it was some kind of temporary effect that will end in her changing her mind. Which in some way may reflect the atttitude of certain teenagers.

      And while obviously I don’t think Elinor deserved to get killed, poisoned or transformed into a bear by her daughter I though that montage with her giving orders to Merida did a good job at showing how tiresome could this attitude be to her daughter if she had to listen to those things each and every day.

      • Wow. I completely disagree, but that’s why there are 31 flavors I suppose. The world would be boring if we all agreed with one another.

  • Andreas Wessel-Therhorn

    PARANORMAN should have won, alas they didn’t even nominate it. Lets hope it fares better at the Oscars

  • Steven M.

    I somehow saw this coming…..and even then I’m still angry. Wreck-it Ralph or ParaNorman should of gotten the victory.

  • B Dominguez

    Far too often in the animation genre do we see the tides turn on a projection. I thought the Triplets of Belville had a wonderful story arch and top of the line animation. In Brave, I wish we could have seen more of this displayed. For example, Mihlt Kahl’s design sensibility. Sincerity and good line quality will always win over squash and stretch. Let’s hope this years choices all do well at the Oscar’s! Congratulations to Mr. Andrews!