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Teaser To BRAVE Attached To CARS 2!

Nordling here.

I saw CARS 2 today, and my review will be up next week.  But a few lucky audiences who saw screenings across the nation were treated to something wonderful - a teaser for Pixar's next film, BRAVE.  

It's about a minute long, and shows sweeping vistas, a Stonehenge-like stone circle, old Scottish castles, and a horse rides through the evening mist in a giant, green forest.  Although the horse is clearly an animated creation, the way it moves - the hairs on the legs, the look of it - in its way is almost photoreal.   A person gets off her horse and removes their helmet to reveal a young girl with long curly red hair.  She pulls out her bow as a shadow approaches - a giant bear.  She lets fly the arrow - and the titles come up.  There is also voiceover, but as I geek out quite easily over such things, I can't recall exactly what was said.

The imagery was brief but quite beautiful - the green of the forest, the 3D, a blue fairy-like creature flying between the trees - and I have no doubt that that Pixar may have well nailed this one.  Audiences will be treated to this (as well as the opening song to THE LION KING in 3D, to be re-released in September) when they see CARS 2 next week.  I'm sure it will be online by then as well, but seeing it on the big screen was truly a real treat.  It's gorgeous.

Nordling, out.

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  • June 18, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • June 18, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    are those images concept art

    by Grace_Panda

    or actual stills?

  • June 18, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    They've remade Princess Mononoke?

    by donkey_lasher


  • June 18, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Cars 2 looks boring

    by seasider

    but then again the first movie was my least favorite Pixar film. Brave sounds pretty cool though.

  • June 18, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Cars is overrated trash

    by disfigurehead

    and Cars 2 doesn't look any better.

  • June 18, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    another reference Blu-ray to add to my collection

    by Titus05

    Pixar can do no wrong...Cars was the closest thing to a Pixar disappointment if there ever was one but audiences still ate it up...they don't even need to market their movies anymore, just put up the Pixar logo

  • June 18, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by Titus05

    those images Nordling posted are concept art that was released back in March

  • June 18, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    So Pixar is doing a movie without stupid gimmick?

    by Mel

    no way

  • June 18, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Cars actually grows on you (at least, on me)

    by BlueDjinn1

    I watched it on DVD w/my kid for the first time a year or so ago, and absolutely HATED it. Since my kid was 4 years old, of course, he fell in love with it and wanted to watch it over & over as kids do...and the second time, while I wasn't really planning on paying attention, I actually started getting into it. By the third viewing I actually liked it quite a bit. Of course, by the 2,000th viewing, I'd grown sick of it again, but it's actually much better than it seems at first--even accounting for the fact that it's a complete rip-off of Doc Hollywood. Frankly, I thought Cars did the Doc Hollywood story better anyway.

  • June 18, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Finally a tibdit of info that I didn't read on Deadline first!

    by Simpsonian

  • June 18, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by AlmightyBong

    ... no word on whether Cars 2 is a disappointment or redemption? Not even a hint?

  • June 18, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Once Again, I Have To Say...

    by Rebeck2

    That I loved CARS. And enjoyed it much more than MONSTERS or NEMO, or even UP. I have to keep saying that because the same people keep coming on here and saying how crap it was and I just think they are wrong wong wrong. BUT, having said that, I also have to say that the new one looks pretty weak, so my expectations are very low. Hopefully, we will all be pleasantly surprised - but in any case, Pixar has more than earned it's right to be in a slight creative lull.

  • June 18, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Cars just leaves me cold..

    by BadMrWonkaSucksCock

    tries way too much to have 'heart'.

  • June 18, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Nordling and Green Lantern

    by CooGuy

    Did I talk to you outside the theater this morning about Green Lantern?

  • June 18, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Have you seen The Cars recently?

    by Subtitles_Off

    Gawd, they all look like they're 80 years old. "Let the Good Times Be Pickled." Oh, you are all talking about how Pixar gets you hard? My bad.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    3D "Circle of Life" and a teaser for BRAVE? There are two reasons!

    by Subtitles_Off

    Two reasons for something. Not two reasons to go see another Pixar CARS movie, though.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    early buzz says cars 2 is horrendous

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Pixar finally fails. can't wait to see nordling and the rest of AICN reviews, Have they been bought of or is this another green lantern

  • June 18, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Presume CARS 2 is Harrys great 3D flick?

    by thommcg

    Ya know, what he mentiones in the Emerald Lampshade review.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I love Pixar...

    by blackwood

    ...but they aren't infallible. With how good Dreamworks seems to be treating their (presently unexploited) animated films, and how great TANGLED was (although, really, Pixar runs Disney now so it's sort of their win anyway), Pixar isn't the only standard-bearer of quality animation anymore. A BUG'S LIFE, MONSTER'S INC, RATATOUIE, CARS (I guess -- I never saw it) -- they are okay. Not top-shelf, not mind-blowingly good. Just okay. I like the TOY STORY films but not nearly at the level their hype suggests I should. For me, the first Pixar film that really blew me away was FINDING NEMO. Not just because I've always had a thing for the sea. So beautiful animated. The scene between Dory and Marlin, when Marlin is ready to give up and leave her, and Dory says, "When I'm with you, I'm... home." Just. Fucking. Kills me. It's so honest. Even thinking about it I get a bit teary. But I guess that's the thing about Pixar. Even their less-than-BEST-OF-EVER movies have some of that magic that comes from honest, emotional story telling. I think there's a bit of interest in seeing Pixar 'fail', not because they deserve it, but because they don't have any humility. "We're the best place to work on earth and we make family entertainment that genuinely entertains the whole family, also look at our shelves of Academy Awards, plus we're super creative and fun and love everything and each other." Fuck you, Pixar. All of which to say... I'm really interested to the see the trailer and hope the movie kicks major ass.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    quality AMERICAN animation

    by blackwood

    Sorry, forgot to put that in my screed. An important point.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    That concept art is quite weak.

    by alienindisguise

    Looks like some typical deviant art bullshit.

  • It's a direct attempt to answer criticisms that they're boy-centric.

  • June 18, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    As good as Pixar is

    by seasider

    I didn't think it was a very good move on Disney's part to hand over to keys to their animation division to John Lasseter. Pixar's films have continued to flourish but Disney's non-Pixar animated movies have been very hit and miss (mostly miss) since the takeover. Most of these movies have been pretty forgettable.

  • June 18, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    What? A non-sequel Pixar movie?

    by Clavius

    Thank Jeebus! Except for The Incredibles 2, I'd really be happy if Pixar just stuck to original, one-offs from now on. I Loved Monsters Inc. But I really don't need a prequel about When Mike Met Sully. Didn't give a fig about Cars, sure as hell don't about Cars 2. TS2 was good, but TS3, while fine as well, really wasn't necessary. The Incredibles, honestly, is the only one that hasn't gotten a sequel that truly demands one. Brave looks pretty cool, very much looking forward to it.

  • ...and gave it to a male director instead, even though the thing was conceived as a fable for the woman's daughter or something? Maybe she'll go to Dreamworks too and give us something like Chris Sanders did with "How to Train Your Dragon"

  • June 19, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Hollywood Reporter Review...

    by Rebeck2

    Overall, despite fanboys carping and whining, sounds like another winner for Pixar - and a big commercial hit.

  • June 19, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    cars was weak, the only pixar film just for dumb kids.

    by FleshMachine

    it doesnt have the maturity of many of the others

  • June 19, 2011, noon CST


    by Rebeck2

    That's idiotic. MONSTERS and NEMO are much more "kiddie"-ish films than CARS, which is all about slowing down and enjoying the small pleasures in life. Honestly...sometimes when I read the comments about CARS I wonder if the person even fucking saw it.

  • June 19, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Variety Also Gives It A Rave

    by Rebeck2

  • June 19, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I don't know if I could put up with Mater for 90 minutes

    by FeralAngel

    And from what I've heard, HE'S the star of this sequel. Gaahhh....

  • June 19, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Rebeck, Cars just stretches the credibility too much

    by FeralAngel

    Somehow, I could accept that a world of monsters lurks behind every child's bedroom door. That toys come to life when we're not looking. That a rat could become a top French chef. But cars that build roads and buildings without hands, and that somehow propogate without...without...well, maybe tailpipes are involved - ANYWAY - I just couldn't buy it. I kept thinking about the huge gaps of logic in the film's very premise even as it was playing. So no, I won't be seeing this movie. But I bet little boys and some little girls will love it.

  • June 19, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    Fair enough. That argument makes sense and I understand it. I agree that it brings up a lot of strange questions, but if and when you let that go (as Moriarty says in his review of the sequel), it's just a lot of fun. But I get it. I'm usually left cold by anthropomorphization of any inanimate object, but in this case it works for me. I guess because it's done with great wit and cleverness.

  • June 19, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    I'm no fan of Larry The Cable Guy or his stand-up routine, or that whole redneck wing of comedy, but in this context, as the character he plays, I think he's quite funny. Not everything has to be broken down into red state and blue state.

  • June 19, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    Yes very true...people are just brainwashed that all Pixar films are great. Kung Fu Panda or How to Train Your Dragon are better than half of Pixar's films (and those two aren't even that great). Pixar has made some good movies and some great ones and some bad ones.

  • June 19, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Cars is ******* awesome.

    by Smashing

    Really I don't get people not loving that film, it's funny, charming and at it's end it dares to say it's OK not to win, this I thought was huge for an American movie, all round excellence, roll on numero 2.

  • It isn't for me...but as a stockholder I'm glad Pixar has one stupid kid oriented flick designed to move merchandise. $275M Domestic... $750M associated sales...

  • June 19, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by applescruff

    What the fuck are you even saying? The reason why people say that about Pixar is because they do NAIL IT every time. If Pixar's name was on Green Lantern, it would probably be thoughful, genuinely emotional, exciting, and impeccably crafted. But it almost certainly wouldn't wind up with a BP nomination. If they couldn't even get one for WALL-E, and the only reason they got in for the last 2 is cause of 10 nominees, then they sure as fuck wouldn't get in for Green Lantern. But again, how did you put this shit together in your mind? So random.

  • June 19, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Larry the Cable Guy killed Cars for me

    by sunwukong86

    He really needs to go away

  • June 19, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    I've heard that even Pixar folk don't give a fuck about Cars

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    It's just a big money maker for all the toys it sells. No one's immune to the big corporate milking machine sucking at the tit of the creative cow.

  • That's what I want to know... I haven't even bothered watching Ponyo yet. But I've seen everything else of his and I want the man to go balls out again and give me the spiritual sequel to Mononoke or something new that's as crazy great as it was!

  • June 20, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    How about that, an animated movie... for KIDS!

    by DiscoGodfather

    What crazy idea will Hollywood come up with next? That said, can't wait to take my 4-year-old son, who is now getting into Star Wars and superhero movies, to see this in IMAX and blow his freakin' mind.

  • As I said, could never get through the first 20 minutes of Cars. It just didn't work for me. The missus loves her Pixar too, but we both turned it off. It might be brilliant. I will probably never know. The sequel does look more interesting. As for 'Brave', I know far too little about it to get excited, but generally any new Pixar is worth getting excited about.

  • June 20, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST

    'Ratatouille' owns, btw

    by Knuckleface

    It's Pixar's best film. Wall-e is a close second.

  • June 20, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST

    For kids? Problem is..

    by zyuray2

    Kids don't go to the movies alone. How about something mom and pop can sit through as well?

  • June 20, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    I second knuckleface

    by OSAMP1

    'Ratatouille' does own with 'Wall-e' a close second.

  • June 20, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    The horse in that second picture looks like Eeyore

    by Somerichs

    I'm guessing that was not intentional...

  • June 20, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST



    Pixar will never win with you. You have figgered out their formula and now want to tell about it on high. Good for you. But to criticize the films because they don't appeal to girls is silly. Explain UP to me then..a film about a widower who's almost as cranky as you. You might as well buy tickets to the matinee of Howard's End for the grandkids. So the films have no girls as main leads. Boo fukkin Hoo. You seem to give no criticisms to Disney who have been doing the Neo-Princess thing for over twenty years now. Let alone the GangBang'd Fairest Maid Who Started it All--Snow White. If you priase Tangled, Princess and the Frog, Pocahontas along side of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, then you can cut Pixar some slack. Btw..there have been "females" in each and every Pixar film TOY STORY--Bo Peep A BUG'S LIFE--Princess Atta, Gypsy, Rosie, Dottie. TOY STORY 2--Jessie, Barbie MONSTERS INC--Boo FINDING NEMO-Dory INCREDIBLES--Elastigirl CARS-Sally, Flo RATATOUILLE-Collette WALL-E--Eva UP--Kevin TOY STORY 3--Jessie, Bonnie, Barbie You're the type of guy to complain that THE IRON GIANT wouldn't have sucked had the main character been a girl.. CHOPPED

  • June 21, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to this for years

    by Jollymorphic

    Finally, a Pixar film with a female hero. They'd BETTER nail it.