Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman (in the former's feature directorial debut), co-directed by Steve Purcell, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, with John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter
serving as executive producers. The story was written by Chapman, who
also wrote the film's screenplay with Andrews, Purcell, and Irene Mecchi. The film stars the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, and Craig Ferguson. Set in the Scottish Highlands, the film tells the story of Princess Merida
of DunBroch (Macdonald) who defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in
the kingdom by expressing the desire not to be betrothed. When Queen
Elinor (Thompson), her mother, falls victim to a beastly curse and turns
into a bear, Merida must look within herself and find the key to saving
the kingdom. Merida is the first character in the Disney Princess line created by Pixar. The film is also dedicated to Pixar chairman and Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, who died before the film's release.