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Scotland’s Myths and Legends Inspire New Disney•Pixar Action Adventure - Brave

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The iconic Highlands of Scotland will once again be brought to the big screen this summer with the release of Disney•Pixar’s epic adventure, the much anticipated Brave.

 Disney•Pixar is collaborating with Scotland’s national tourism organisation, VisitScotland, the first time the studio has worked with a country’s tourism organisation on such a scale.

“Brave” depicts the myths, legends and thrills of Scotland, combining the spectacular scenery, fascinating folklore, unique heritage, majestic castles and magnificent landscapes of this stunning country in an exciting big-screen adventure.

Set in ancient Scotland, Brave includes images of the rolling heather-clad hills and imposing peaks of the Scottish Highlands. The idyllic lochs of Scotland will come to life in shimmering hues of blue and green, and the shadowy forest glens and the mythical standing stones will be replicated in computer animation never before seen on the big screen.

Scotland boasts hundreds of castles, all with the power to capture the imagination. Scotland's turbulent history has left many castles, fortresses and tower houses peppering the countryside, many of which served as reference for Brave and can be visited today.

Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most visited tourist attraction and still houses the Scottish Crown Jewels.

The story of Brave takes place in a rugged and mythical time, and focuses on the film’s protagonist Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voiced by Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voiced by Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida inadvertently unleashes chaos in the kingdom and must learn the meaning of true bravery before it’s too late.

VisitScotland Chairman Mike Cantlay hopes that fans of Brave are inspired to visit the landscapes of Scotland that inspired the grand settings in the film.

Mr. Cantlay said, “Brave presents a unique opportunity to showcase Scotland on the world stage and capitalise on this global interest in order to attract visitors to the land that has inspired this stunning film. The film will be shown in more than 63 countries across the world and will give us the opportunity to convert cinemagoers into visitors in the biggest campaign VisitScotland has ever launched. Scotland has long been the inspiration for many iconic films, books and stories. In turn, we hope that “Brave will be the inspiration for fans of the film to visit Scotland.”

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