After Brave's dazzling clip and poster last week, this new TV spot for Pixar's animation swoops every bit as winningly through a legendary world haunted by Celtic warriors, feisty swordplay, giant killer bears and snowy uplands. There's even a Clannad-y score to swell the heart. In fact, only big fans of that Scottish cinematic staple, the group moonie, could possibly be disappointed.
Set in the Highlands of Scotland, Brave tells the story of the headstrong Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who rejects her traditional role (marriage, baking, wee'uns) in favour of a more perilous route (adventure, battle, bears). In the process she upsets parents King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), and more dangerously, the domineering Lords of the land: MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), MacIntosh (Craig Ferguson) and Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).
Luckily, Merida has her wits, strength, and bow and arrows to fall back on. Expect her to need them all. Brave will be galloping into our cinemas in 3D on August 13.
There used to be bears all over Europe. In Scotland the Romans used to send bears back to Rome for the games. They obviously don't have them now though.
Do they have bears in Scotland?