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Scotland the star as Brave hits the big screen

Audiences will see Scotland dramatically brought to the big screen today with the release of Disney/Pixar’s epic adventure, the much anticipated Brave.

Set in medieval Scotland, captures the landscapes, ancient architecture and storytelling spirit that inspired filmmakers during two intensive research trips to Scotland in 2006 and 2007. The production team visited a range of locations from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle to Dunnottar Castle, Loch Ness and the Isles of Lewis and Harris.

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 stunning computer animation never before seen on the big screen.

The story of Brave takes place in a rugged and mythical time, and focuses on the 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.

Brave topped the US box office during the first weekend, taking in an estimated $66.3m, making it the 13th consecutive Pixar film to open at No.1. It marks the second highest June opening for an animated film in industry history, and the second highest June opening in Disney history (behind “Toy Story 3”).

VisitScotland Chairman, Mike 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."

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