New ‘Brave’ Trailer Focuses More on Character, Moonings

With the first full-length trailer for Brave, Pixar introduced us to what their new world was going to look like, and gave us an indication of what sort of story they were telling. This is the tale of a precocious young Scottish princess named Merida, whose thirst for adventure and tendency to buck the status quo end up entangling her in some high stakes and dangerous situations. Rather than give us more of the same, however, this second full-length trailer that the people at Pixar have released ditches the big picture and focuses in on character. Actually, it’s more of an extended scene than what we think of as a traditional montage format movie trailer.

What we get is an archery tournament, set up by Merida’s parents, wherein the winner is supposed to claim the hand of the young princess as their prize. The problem is, things don’t quite go according to plan when Merida enters the tournament herself, proclaims that she won’t be controlled, and then out-shoots all of the men involved. We already knew that she was the sort of strong-willed, independent woman who would make Beyonce proud though, so there’s not really any new insight there.

But this new trailer does give us a more subtle glimpse into the film’s other characters and how she relates to them. We get a look at what Merida’s relationship is like with her mom, and how that differs from how she interacts with her dad. We learn the characteristics of the three shooters, who appear to be a dope, an ego-maniacal douche, and a bumbling fool. Also, a mooning incident reveals that there is very clearly a town drunk residing in this village. Now that you’ve gotten a look at the world of Brave, give this trailer a look and meet the people who inhabit it.

Brave opens on June 21.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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