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|Date(s):||June 10, 2012|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||Brave at Wikipedia, Official Site, IMDB|
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Brave is a 2012 animated film produced by Pixar.
Set in the Scottish Highlands, the film tells the story of a princess named Merida who defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in the kingdom by expressing the desire to not be betrothed. After consulting a witch for help, Merida accidentally transforms her mother into a bear and is forced to undo the spell herself before it is too late.
Merida is most often involved in crossover pairings, usually with other Disney characters or characters from other animated films (see The Big Four below). In universe she is rarely paired with one of her suitors from the film (ex. Young Macintosh). It is also not unusual to find gen fanworks that focused on family dynamics, these usually have Elinor/Fergus as a background pairing.
The Big Four
- See The Big Four for more fandom information.
A popular crossover known as The Big Four, which crossovers Rapunzel (from Tangled), Jack Frost (from Rise of the Guardians), Merida (from Brave), and Hiccup (from How to Train Your Dragon) together.
A popular theory behind Brave is that it and Disney's Wreck-it Ralph were 'swapped', due to Brave being something traditionally handled by classic Disney, and Wreck-it Ralph better suiting Pixar's ethos of 'what if [insert subject here] had feelings?'
While 'What if Scotland had feelings?' is at least applicable, it doesn't fit in nearly as well as most of Pixar's other works, which reinforces the theory. Speculation could infer that the two companies had a wager, to see which could do a better job by exchanging their works.
Critically speaking, fans generally like Wreck-it Ralph more than Brave.
- Merida by elenadudina
- Brave Merida by ThreshTheSky
- Merida by britt315
- Merida by jbrenthill
- hawkeye merida by briannacherrygarcia, Merida in Hawkeye's uniform
- Arrow's Flight by White Aster, Merida/Young Dingwall, The castle denizens often joked about how safe they felt, guarded by the queen's arrows and the king's teeth.
- Some Unexpected Properties of Wood by Fahye
- Expertise? by lalaietha
Archives and Communities
- Brave (2012) at AO3
- Brave and crossovers at FanFiction.Net