Brave: Disney•Pixar’s movie set in Scotland

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Brave is the Oscar-winning animated adventure from Disney•Pixar, the team responsible for worldwide box office smashes such as Toy Story, Up and Finding Nemo. The story follows the flame-haired heroine Merida, a skilled teenage archer battling to change her fate.

The impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor, Merida inadvertently ends up on a magical adventure through the striking landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, where she encounters witchcraft and mythical creatures amongst other scary goings-on.

With a love for the outdoors, Merida is a free spirit who doesn’t want to be burdened with the royal responsibilities her mother keeps trying to foist upon here. After the tempestuous teen finds out she is to be wed in a marriage designed to keep the precarious peace among the kingdom’s bickering clans, she decides to buck tradition, causing chaos. Faced with the wrath of the lords of the kingdom, our heroine turns to a quirky witch in the ensuing chaos and is granted an ill-fated wish.
Now, the only way Merida can free herself from fate is by discovering the true meaning of bravery.

Capturing the unique spirit and soul of Scotland, Brave is Disney•Pixar’s 13th full-length feature. The grandest project the world-renowned California animation studio has ever undertaken, Merida’s adventure sets new technical benchmarks while recreating the captivating climes of Scotland.

It's no suprise the film garnered critical acclaim from early reviews. Writing for STV, critic Michael MacLennan was suitably thrilled by Pixar's latest work. "It's a brilliant and breathtaking feast for the senses - and makes the most of a fairytale Scotland," he wrote. "It is without doubt the most visually stunning film seen to date, pushing boundaries in terms of what can be achieved. The windswept scenery is about a strong an advert for visiting Scotland as tourism bosses could ever hope for."

Disney•Pixar’s Brave won an Ocsar and a BAFTA for Best Animation in February 2013. It was also awarded a Golden Globe earlier in the year.

  • Discover the Scottish myths and legends that inspired Brave
    Discover the Scottish myths and legends that inspired Brave
  • Merida aims her bow and arrow in Brave
    Merida takes aim in Brave
  • Screenshot from Brave with Merida and family sitting at the dinner table
    Merida amongst the triplets in Brave
  • Merida from the film Brave follows a Wisp with tall trees and standing stones in the background
  • A scene from Brave - Looking over an ancient castle with Scottish mountains in the background
    Castle in Brave
Brave's Lord Macintosh with his son, Young Macintosh

Brave cast bios

Cast and character bios for the enchanting animated film.

Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis performs her track for Brave

Brave soundtrack

Info on Brave's Scottish-born composer and Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis.

Brave's Merida attempts to break up an argument

Brave movies

Watch footage from Brave's Edinburgh premiere and behind the scenes videos.

Brave's heroine Merida being guided by a mythical wisp.

Disney•Pixar's Brave

Follow flame-haired heroine Merida through Scotland’s striking landscapes.

A small image of Dunnottar Castle during the day

Disney•Pixar visits Scotland

Follow the journey Disney•Pixar's animators made to Scotland, which inspired the unique look for its stunning animation Brave.