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Behind the scenes with BRAVE

As part of the main focus, during our trip to Pixar was of course, Brave.  From Archery to learning how to Bag Pipe, the Scottish culture is extremely evident throughout the event.

Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar

Exploring Scotland~  Green.  Green is all I can think about when I hear about Scotland.  How about you?  And not about the obvious colors of the Kilts. From the sneak peek that we saw from Brave, all I saw was green and it looks absolutely beautiful.

When Pixar started working on Brave, they sent a team out to Scotland to research, explore and literally immerse themselves with the culture, the people and the country. We had the chance to actually speak to the team that went to Scotland.  They went to visit ancient castles, pubs and country sides. The team researched the land, rocks,  and swaying of the green grass with the wind.  Sitting in restaurants and listening to a lullaby. Driving hours upon hours taking thousands of pictures, just to capture the true essence of the Scottish life.


Dressing the Royal Family~ Yes, we are talking about the royal family. Have you seen the new Brave merchandise at the Disney Store? I took a glance at Merida’s dress that they are selling there and I fell in love with it.  My daughter’s yes opened wide as I took down the gorgeous dark green dress.  I was looking at the intricate details at the bottom of the dress and it made me think about how the animators made Merida’s dress in the movie, just as stunning.  Merida has 22 different costumes changes throughout the movie.  Her father, King Fergus, has an actually Kilt drawn onto him.   With layers and fascinating details like lint and fold, King Fergus was set to be one difficult man to work with.

Queen Elinor’s simple dress is just as stunning.  When speaking with some of the costume designers, you can tell that they really got into the nitty gritty by making sure the queen’s dress was up to par. In the picture above, do you see the details on her shoulder?  That came from an actual pieces of fabric that a member on the designer team bought and got inspiration from it.  Isn’t it amazing to see the realities of the real world put into animation?

From page to screen~ With each new movie that Pixar releases the dynamics of the animation also changes, and with good reason.  The mystical animation that makes up the background of the movie, the characters are just as important in bringing the movie to life.    From the different clans to the war paint and family characteristics the Brave team really, really brought to life animated men, women and children to look as real as possible.  I know it kind of sounds redundant because it’s there job to do that.  With Merida’s hair, each and every single hair follicle was put into place by hand.  Same with any scene that has hair.

Now I know why the movie took over 6 years to make. Incredible.




Liz Cerezo

Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!


  1. Elisa

    Thanks for this review, Liz! We love Pixar and are especially looking forward to this movie since it appears to be their first female lead.

    26 . May . 2012
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    Where is the castle in the photograph located and what is its name please?

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