Man, what a bummer that 2011 holds no Pixar films for us at all. But that’s the price you pay for quality - instead of just churning stuff out, the studio is willing to take a break and skip a year before unleashing their latest film.
That next film - which comes out in 2012, as there are no 2011 Pixar releases - is Brave. It’s Pixar’s first film with a female lead, and it was Pixar’s first film with a female director, until they dumped her and brought in a man. Oh well, they made an effort! Now they can say it’s the first Pixar film co-directed by a woman, which is almost like progress.
This art premiered on Entertainment Weekly’s site; it’s concept stuff, so I don’t know how it will relate to the finished film’s look. EW gives the good news that Reese Witherspoon is out of the film (she was voicing the lead), replaced by actual Scot Kelly McDonald.
Here’s the official synopsis of the picture:
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).