Set in the Scottish Highlands, Merida, voiced by “Boardwalk Empire’s” Kelly Macdonald, defies an old tradition in an attempt to make her own way in the world. You see, this princess loves archery and wants freedom, much to her mother’s chagrin. But this defiance sets off a series of chaotic events that she must solve, according to Disney’s synopsis.
The story does not exactly come through in the trailer. But that hardly seems to matter considering that, like every Pixar film, it’s visually stunning. Merida’s hair is particularly awesome.
As Vulture points out, “Brave” will debut in a year marked by many “warrior women.” (Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” and Kristen Stewart in and as “Snow White,” for example.) Sadly, we’ll have to wait until June 2012 to see the acclaimed studio’s first female protagonist in full action.