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Disney-Pixar's new film 'Brave' premieres in Hollywood

June 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Kevin McKidd is just one of several Scottish-born actors happy to be in the cast of Disney-Pixar's animated new film, "Brave."

"I love Scotland and I shout it from the rooftops every day," McKidd said. "Everybody should go to Scotland for a holiday. I mean, it's such a beautiful country."

Kelly MacDonald is another. She found the premiere Monday night a bit larger than life.

"We actually drove by here earlier and my friend said, 'Oh, what's happening here tonight?' and then someone said, 'That's us.' And I was like, 'What?' It's just - you know, they built a castle, for heaven's sakes."

The castle was built on Hollywood Boulevard and the pageantry didn't stop there. They even had bagpipers.

The film features Pixar's first female lead character, Merida, who's also Disney's newest princess.

"I love the idea, particularly when she's so strong, stands up for what she believes in," said Disney CEO Bob Iger. "I think that goes a long way in today's world."

John Lasseter, the film's executive producer, said they characters will grow on viewers.

"You just like the characters and they're so funny," he said. "They do things from the heart, and I think Merida's one of the best characters we've ever created."

Pixar always creates a role for one particular actor: John Ratzenberger. He's been in all 13 of Pixar's films.

"Brave" is rated PG. It opens Friday.


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