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BLOG | How “Brave”!: Pixar’s first female director

Promotional logo of the upcoming animated film, Brave. (Courtesy of Pixar)

I am going bananas over the latest Pixar news!

The biggest animation company in the world not only announced their first film with a female lead — once named The Bear and the Bow, now changed to Brave — its production will be headed by Pixar’s first female director, Brenda Chapman.

Chapman is also the screenwriter of Brave, a magical fantasy tale about a “impetuous, tangle-haired” Scottish princess named Merida who is far more interested in archery than being royal. Seems like she’s not new to breaking glass ceilings as Chapman had also been the first woman to direct a major animated feature in 1998 when she headed Dreamworks’ film The Prince of Egypt.

Brave is slated to be released on June 15, 2012 and will star the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson.

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