Brave Scottish movie premiere: stars of the animated tale talk about its magic

Brave has become one of the talked-about movies this year, with the hype over the animated blockbuster building up to fever-pitch over the last few months.

This Friday the highly anticipated Disney/Pixar spectacular finally hits movie theatres around Scotland, before going on general release around the rest of the UK from August 13.

Telling the story of the stubborn and feisty flame-haired character Merida, the film looks at what it means to make brave choices in life – even when facing adversity.

Set in a stunning mythical Scottish landscape in the Highlands, the film is expected to hugely boost Scotland’s profile around the world and boost the country’s economy.

Speaking to STV at last month’s movie premiere in Edinburgh, Robbie Coltrane, who voices the character of Lord Dingwall, said: “It’s terribly important for Scotland and our landscape and how beautiful lit is. Those of us who live here we sometimes take it for granted,” he explained.

“But when you see it through the eyes of people who live 5,000 miles away and have sat down and drawn it for months on end and re-imagined it, you suddenly realise we do have the most beautiful country in the world.”

Scottish chat show host Craig Ferguson, who has made his name in the US with The Late Late Show, voices the character of the surly Lord Macintosh in the movie, and agreed that Brave will provide a great boost to the country.

“I think it’s great, I think it is a good thing for Scotland to be represented in this way, it’s a big, giant, colourful family epic, and whilst it’s lovely to see films that are more serious and more difficult, it’s nice to see it on this level.”
And Kevin McKidd, who tackles Lord MacGuffin’s character in the movie spectacular, said he jumped at the chance to be involved with Brave.

“As soon as I heard from my agent that Pixar wanted me in a film I said ‘just say yes to them’ because I’m a big fan. And then I found out it was set in Scotland which made it doubly great.

Kevin added: “It’s been a blessing, the whole three years working on this project has been fantastic, you really feel part of the Pixar family.”

Tomorrow night (Wednesday August 1) STV viewers will get the chance to find out more about the magic behind Brave in a Moviejuice Special which airs at 7.30pm, as film buff Grant Lauchlan chats to some of the stars in more depth and looks at the hype behind the animated tale.


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