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“Brave” characters

Interesting way to market the latest Pixar movie – by leaking posters, images and a trailer (coming soon) to the next Pixar film (a year away). Okay, I’ll bite, because Brave looks (to me) so damn good… here’s the cast, above our heroine Merida; and below left to right (click thumbnails to enlarge): Queen Elinor, Lord Macintosh and the Wise Woman.

(Thanks, Elena Ceballos via Nerd Reactor – and reader Darrin for the image above)

  • DonaldC

    She looks excited.

  • anonymous

    Awesome, does anyone know the artist who might have done these?

  • AdrianC.

    After comparing the images with those on Nerd Reactor, I think you need to swap two of the names. Lord Macintosh is in the middle and the Wise Woman is on the right, not the other way around.

    Still, thanks for posting these. It will be interesting to see what these characters will look like in CG. Pixar seems to keep getting better at modeling and rendering humans. Let’s hope this film continues that trend.

    • Lord Macintosh and Lord McGuffin???

      I wonder why they picked those names, as if Pixar had anything to do with Apple technology and Storytelling.

  • Keegan

    Soooooo Carl Fredricksen has become a crossdresser.

    • And young Charles Muntz lives in the woods!

    • Funkybat

      Wouldn’t quite say “Carl as Crossdresser,” more like a distant relative of both Carl and Yubaba from “Spirited Away.”


    oh Steve…

    • LOL! Yeah, that occurred to me just now! Nice little plug there. :)

  • JD

    I think Scotland is the official sponsor country for Animated Features.

  • Jonah Sidhom

    Are we sure they were leaked on purpose? posted them today, but soon after were “removed at the request of the studio.”

  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I CAN’T WAIT!

  • Some Girl


  • Obj_Solid

    This movie looks like it will make a great Comparison/ contrast with Secret of Kells

    • J.m


      • obj_solid

        There is a reason I said contrast, but I’m sure you could compare them just as well

      • eeteed

        compare the design of her face with aisling’s from the kells.

        you’ll find them quite similar.

  • TK

    Very painterly. I hope it stays this way (for once!).

  • zoe

    That Wise Woman looks strikingly like Yubaba from Spirited Away.

    • J.m

      yeah I say that is John Lasseter paying tribute to Miyazaki ….AGAIN!!!

      • NC

        Which only confirms my belief that this movie is just going to be a big homage (or knock-off, depending on your definition) to Miyazaki.

      • Well I think Pixar has been original enough to not Knock off something. With that said…that design is close enough to Chihiro altho´ it could be only conceptual.

  • The girl’s face frightens me.
    Can’t wait to see the trailer, though!

    • T Kelling

      Yeah, looks like someone tried to texture map Dory’s face onto a balloon. Gross

  • Vic

    Seems like somebody wants the Pixar true believers to focus on next year instead of tomorrow. Hmmm.

    Haven’t seen C2 yet, but geeze, even if it’s the huge stinker that half of the critics say it is, it’s not the freaking end of the world. Time to start treating Pixar like a studio, not a convocation of Gods.

    • Captain Hollywood

      I was going to say the same thing… it looks as though Pixar is doing it’s best to tell us, “look- Cars is for the stockholders… the next one we’ll be back on track. Hang tough.”

      • Hahahahaha! That’s actually not so unlikely… :P

      • Did you know that Pixar created club penguin but have beened taken away from dsiney ( I’m sorry for my spelling .) My Faith with pixar is so close too disney
        . That I might choose Pixar and help them to created an awesome and believelbe film .
        I Believe Pixar needed more Uhhhhmmmm….. How do I say this HUhhh !! Needed touch – up to do to beat disney games and films .I’m happy too help pixar . It just I thimk you are right in the first way I think the are getting tired of the orinally .
        P.S.( You’er films are good and keep up the progcess)

  • Jane

    The first one makes me think of drugs but the other ones are totally lovely.

  • Mark R.

    what is that hanging off of her right shoulder?

  • Scarabim

    They all look like portraits from The Haunted Mansion (the ride, not the movie).

    • tom

      They’re not from the movie. They appear to be concept art.

  • Jim Engel

    I saw the “BRAVE” presentation by Disney at the Licensing Show last week, which included storyline, a lot of art, character tests, and some footage, and it looked GREAT.

  • Rufus

    The gramma is a deadringer for the gramma from The Thief and the Cobbler. Anyone else seeing it, crazy eye n’ all?

    • Bud

      And the gramma from Thief looked like Norm Fergeson/Joe Grant’s witch from Snow White.

  • Toonio

    This is my best guess of the character descriptions:

    Deer under the headlights ginger.
    Middle age evil yet hot looking brunette.
    Crazy looking pot head dude.
    Old cat lady with conjunctivitis.

  • tredlow

    Mirida’s expression is unsettling. Though the three others look great!

    • The Gee

      I’m telling ya:

      there’s a chance the bear is wearing a kilt and playing the bagpipes all while doing a jig and singing about highlands and lowlands.

      That expression on the main character’s face does nothing to contradict that absurd possibility.

      Though, if I’m wrong and the bear is nothing like that then I reserve the right to do something with my imagined bear character and to call him Haggis McTavish.

      As for the images, the ones shown on this site are a lot darker, more saturated than the ones on the nerd site. Which is supposedly more accurate?

  • I sure hope they fix Miridia’s eyes….

  • Steven M.

    Mirida’s face looks creepy.

    Lord Macintosh, are they really gonna with that name, because it sounds very UN-scottish.

    The Wise Woman looks like Carl Fredrickson as awomn.

  • the old woman looks like yubaba of sen to shihiro

  • Conor

    Everything I’ve seen of the main character seems to lack any definitive form or structure, just a big round face with hair everywhere. The supporting cast looks better, but I’m surprised to see something out of Pixar so lacking in strong design.

  • anonymous

    These are top notch designs, I like the fact that they are straying from a house style abit for this film. Nice tribute to Hitchccok with Lord mcguffin ,if thats what was implied!

  • tonma

    but in the end, is this render with the final looks or very nice 2d concept art? image quality doesn’t help much here…. :(

  • Mewzilla

    I think that these designs are still early concepts but more closely to be the finals.
    Mirinda´s face still looks experimental, they don’t quite match with the face i saw in the screenshots. Well its my opinion. :)

  • John

    These Designs are pretty uninspired… don’t you think?

    • Funkybat

      I dunno, I found the side-by-sides in that link far from convincing. Sure, there are some similarities, but Merida doesn’t really resemble any Disney or Pixar heroine I can recall. If you really want to stretch it, you could say she looks like a cross between the girl in “Secret of Kells”, and Queen Elinor looks kind of like Mirage in “The Incredibles.”

      Still, none of these images immediately reminded me of existing characters, save for the Carl F. ears on the Wise Woman, and that’s only cause that block-of-wood structure is so distinctive. I’m just glad to see that, for the most part, these designs don’t scream out “Pixar” at first glance. (Not because of any shortcoming, but because we’ve gotten used to a certain range of styles.) These are as fresh to me for Pixar as the Incredibles’ designs were in 2004.

  • Cath

    I love Merida’s facial expression – excitement & full of wonder. And her hair! Hope they keep the painterly look in the film.

  • Anoniguy

    Brew commentors never fail to bring the cynical dislike for everything and anything.

    These look fantastic. I wanna just dig my hands into that glorious fucking hair. Look at it. Look at that hair. It’s going to look -incredible- on screen.

  • I love it!

    Merida looks *much* better here! She looks very unique from any redheaded girl I’ve seen in a Pixar film before or since (and actually channels Pippi Longstocking, rather than your average Helen Parr/Elasti-Girl clone!). She has a lot of character. She’s the best of the four characters pictured here!

    The other characters are good, too! Though it was pretty funny how some here pointed out how the last two characters look like Muntz and Carl (in drag) from UP! If ya’ gotta’ recycle, recycle it well. :)

  • swac

    Funny, I have a friend who looks almost exactly like Merida. She will be much amused.

  • Wow! Love that heroine’s design. Very cute yet not cloying.

  • wgan

    oh Pixar, oh Obama, Oh Oprah
    basically same sh*t
    you buy the good stuff not necessarily the name

  • AJ Gutierrez

    Im really looking forward for it, I just wish Brenda Chapman wasn’t removed from Directing.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    A couple of questions;

    1.Wasn’t there supposed to be a bear in the movie? They should have kept him/her in it. I like bears.

    2.Which character is John Ratzenberger voicing?

    • Eric Paulsen

      Probably the bear.

  • tom

    Ugh, the similarities to Braveheart with that middle character is really bothering me. What’s next? Kilts? Bagpipes? Haggis? It’s like Hollywood won’t recognise it’s Scotland without all these Archetypes!

  • Ethan

    It looks great, but I really hope Lasseter won’t ask to completely change the designs like this:
    When it happened, these leaked concepts made it clear to the general public how much the film was transformed after firing the director. If Lasseter also got rid of Brenda Chapman because she “resisted suggested changes”, the same thing could happen.

  • Sqeet

    Here’s a bootleg of the teaser, better than nothing!

    • thanks for that!
      i have to say i like Merida’s face better in the concept art above than in the teaser – from what i see in the bootleg and the HD still, her features are so softened up that the face looks much more balloon-ish lacking a bit of character. but – the concept art would be bolder, i assume.

  • J_Kandefer

    I think these look great! I love how unconventional it looks. If this is the result of making huge gobs of money off cars 2 then I guess I can excuse that release. Still wish they would just rework the “Newt” story and ditch the Monsters Inc. Prequel. Those concepts looked amazing!

    Thanks for the bootleg link Sqeet. I got shafted on seeing the preview before Cars 2, I got winnie the Pooh. I pretty much went to Cars 2 just to see that 60 sec preview…that’s what I get….

  • It’s nice to see Yubaba again, I kid! But I hope Merida looks a little less freaky moving about, that expression is a tad unsettling. Love the hair though.

  • As a former Blue Skyer myself, it’s nice to see the Mom from Ice Age found work.

  • Eric Paulsen

    Is it just me or does Queen Elinor look like a young Mary Steenburgen?

  • Fernan

    In my oppinion theese look awesome, i especially like Lord Macintosh’s design.
    I guess this movie’s gonna be Pixar’s rendition of the lovechild between a Disney princess movie and Shrek.

  • WOW!! PLEASE don’t screw this up Pixar!

  • Ethan

    and now the freckles are gone.

  • Betsie Beadling

    The Character in the Middle looks
    like Clopin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kendall

    Cool stuff, but inaccurate. I’m pretty sure the scottish people did not put blue paint on themselves. I’d like an opinion from a historian or any well read history buff.

  • Funkybat

    The second I saw Lord Macintosh, I thought of Craig Ferguson. Since I haven’t been following this project too closely so far, I didn’t know, but was unsurprised to learn, that his voice is none other than…Craig Ferguson.

    My backup choice was Billy Connolly, but it turns out he’s playing the part of the King.

  • ZigZag

    Pixar’s got a lot of work to do to earn back those of us who at one time expected good film-making from them. I appreciate their attempt to make a film with a female lead (what a thought), but I’m remain wary of their storytelling abilities of late. Sure hope they snap out of their slide on this one.