Pixar's "Brave" Trailer and Poster

Pixar's 2012 movie Brave looks great.  They also have a great cast involved with Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson as just a few to mention.  It's set in a 10 century Scotland with a touch of fantasy.  Watch the Trailer above.

Plot:  Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor . Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin , surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.  (Wikipedia)

Brave is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012.

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DIY Wall-e Auto

While I have been a bit outspoken on my opinion that Wall-e was an overrated movie (worth seeing, but not the greatest thing ever), I would welcome this Auto into my house.

Instructables has the instructions to build one of these for yourself (here).  Now, I just need to find a mastermid who will help me program it to carry out my will, or be a PA or something. 

Exploring: Up


  • I was pleasantly surprised the movie is good
  • lot of fumy moments like "squirrel" and Kevin
  • good righting
  • good directing
  • It makes a personal connection
  • The movie made me hate myself
    • I lived my life backwards did great adventures in 20's and then stopped.
    • It was a little too close to real life with all the distractions pulling me off my life course.
    • The message: just because your dreams do not get to come true you get a consolation prize stung a bit too.
  • the movie left me so depressed afterward could not even blink
  • I suspect it is not liked because Up did not provide an escape and was a downer

Up is about  78-year-old Carl Fredricksen who ties thousands of balloon to his home and sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.  It hits theaters May 29th.

This movie looks like Pixar fun though a little kidsy.  The trailers made me chuckle.  This looks like it might be a good family movie to go watch.  Pixar has a past record for quality, entertaining movies with good messages in them but not in a preachy manner.  If I have time I would probably watch this in the theater.

Why I give Pixar the benefit of doubt:

  • Toy Story:  watched it, loved it, owner.
  • A Bug's Life:  watched it, loved it, owner.
  • Monsters, Inc.:  watched it, loved it, owner.
  • Finding Nemo:  watched it, loved it, owner, great gifts for others.
  • The Incredibles:  watched it, loved it, owner, great gifts for others.
  • Cars:  watched it, liked it, would gladly watch it again
  • Ratatouille:  watched it, loved it, owner, great gifts for others.
  • Wall-E:  on list to watch, have been told from many sources that I would love it.

Let me know what you think.  Watch the two trailers below and in the comments will you go to see up in the theater or rent it?  If you have seen it in the theater should I go see it and why?

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Theater or Renter WALL·E

The Plot / Story: According to John Lasseter:

WALL-E is the story of the last little robot on Earth. He is a robot and his programming was to help clean up. You see, it’s set way in the future. Through consumerism, rampant, unchecked consumerism, the Earth was covered with trash. And to clean up, everyone had to leave Earth and set in place millions of these little robots that went around to clean up the trash and make Earth habitable again.

Well, the cleanup program failed with the exception of this one little robot and he’s left on Earth doing his duty all alone. He doesn’t know he can’t stop working. But it’s not a story about science fiction. It’s a love story, because, you see, WALL·E falls in love with EVE, a robot from a probe that comes down to recover the last plant left on Earth, which curious little Wall-E has picked up. He absolutely falls in love with her.

I gave the trailer a 1 out of 5.  It had a few cute moments, very few.  The trailer wore on me fast and I began to dread every instance it was shown, to the point that I sometimes get up and leave the room when it comes on.  I watched other audience members facial responses and they wore the same confused, conflicted look that I had.  Almost as if in their minds they wanted to like it but just could not find something to latch onto.

I doubt if this will even be a renter.  At this point I would only watch this movie if I had a very young, 10 and under, family member who insisted on watching this film and I could not talk into watching The Incredibles, Meet the Robinsons or Ratatouille.  The jokes were repetitive and lost their funny fast.  From all of the promotional material this movie seems to be one catchphrase being repeated for one and a half hours.  I'm disappointed and hope that I'm wrong on this because Pixar has done so many great films.

For more information about WALL·E or to watch the trailer see Theater or Renter: June post


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