Sunday, 29 April 2012

Brave: New trailer, and Video Game

New Brave trailer showcases Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly's roles
A new trailer for Disney-Pixar's Brave is available, revealing a little more of the Highland-set story line. In it, we see a lot more of the dynamic between impetuous heroine Merida (Kelly Macdonald), her indulgent father King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and more restrictive mother Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). There's also more light shed on the exact nature of Merida's rebellion - she's trying to avoid marrying one of the unappealing sons of Scottish noblemen - and the conflict at the heart of the film, which revolves around a hastily-made wish gone awry (don't they always?).

The film is set for release on Fri 22 Jun in the States; UK audiences will have to wait until Fri 17 Aug. However, Scottish cinema-goers will get a chance to catch the UK première of Brave when it closes the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Sun 1 Jul.

Source: The List
Also reported by Empire Online

Brave: The Video Game Announced
There's always a new family film for the summer holidays – and Disney and Pixar's Brave is this year's. It follows the story of a young, headstrong princess called Merida, who doesn't think she's really cut out for this whole royal life thing – what with her unruly hair, talent for archery and hatred for corsets. Desperate to live her own life rather than the one she was born into, she wishes things could be different, only to find that by doing so, she manages to release a "wee ancient curse" on the kingdom. In that true family film way, it's then up to Merida to put everything right again and undo the curse that has befallen the Scottish Highlands before it's too late. Be prepared for tons of red hair, tartan and Billy Connolly.

And not wanting to risk triggering an ancient curse on the world of games, Disney are sticking to the tried and tested tradition of releasing a game alongside the summer family blockbuster, in the form of Brave: The Video Game, which'll see you running, jumping and battling your way through rugged, "mythical" Scotland on a journey to lift the curse (someone really ought to tell them Scotland's a real place). Playing as the heroine Merida, amongst a few others, you'll be completing quests for people, solving puzzles and defeating ferocious enemies with your sword and bow – which, if you happen to own either the Xbox 360's Kinect Sensor or the Move motion controllers for the Playstation 3, you'll be able to use by waving your arms around, rather than pressing a few buttons.

The 'home' console versions also promise “co-op for family and friends and a special Bear mode”, which is good news for us, although we have a feeling the "co-op" mode will likely be a series of special missions that support a couple of players, rather than letting you play through the entire single-player story with a friend (as awesome as that may be). When it comes to the Bear mode, well, who knows - going by the name, that could involve anything, so long as it's relatively hairy.

And as usual with these sort of games, the DS version will be a bit different, having it's own set of missions and a myriad of characters to play as, although, sadly, at the time of writing, there was no sign of 3DS version. Brave: The Video Game releases on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii and DS consoles, as well as a PC version, and we expect it to hit stores sometime this summer, around the time the film appears in cinemas.

Source: Everybody Plays

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