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Keep Merida Brave! Media Perspectives On The Disney Princess Makeover | A Mighty Girl

As part of the effort to support a petition that’s gathered over 180,000 signatures, A Mighty Girl has compiled a list of recent articles about Merida’s Disney Princess makeover. The prevailing theme of each piece? Disney has made a mistake–a big one.

‘Brave’ Creator Blasts Disney For ‘Blatant Sexism’ In Princess Makeover | The Marin Independent Journal

Brenda Chapman calls Disney’s makeover of Brave heroine Merida “a blatantly sexist marketing move based on money.” Chapman modeled the character on her 13-year-old daughter, Emma, and says she was “created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.” Published May 11, 2013.

Chapman Comes To Town | The Lincoln Courier

Brenda Chapman visited Lincoln, Ill., for a meet and greet and autograph session held before she appeared as the commencement speaker during this year’s Lincoln College graduation. Throughout the event, Chapman offered advice to young attendees who want to follow in her footsteps. She also sketched the redheaded heroine of Brave, Merida, while catching up with friends old and new. Published May 6, 2013.

Marin’s Brenda Chapman Shares Oscar Glory for ‘Brave’ With Her Teenage Daughter | The Marin Independent Journal

Brenda Chapman celebrated her Oscar victory with her daughter, Emma, who inspired Merida, the movie’s heroine. “It was really awesome seeing Emma’s reaction, her instant excitement, when they announced that we had won,” Brenda said. “It took all my nervousness away.”

CalArts Alums Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman Earn Oscars for ‘Brave’ | CalArts’ 24700 Blog

Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews, both CalArts alums, took home the Oscar for Best Animated Film on Sunday. After accepting the award, Brenda and Mark offered insight into Brave’s “long journey to the screen and the creative process along the way.” Published February 25, 2013.

Brave Nets Pixar Its Seventh Best Animated Feature Oscar | CNET

No other studio has won the Best Animated Film Oscar more often than Pixar. Published February 25, 2013.

Pixar’s Brave Wins Oscar for Best Animated Film | News & Observer

Pixar’s Scottish adventure, Brave, took home the Oscar for Best Animated Film. Published February 24, 2013.

Brave Wins The Oscar for Best Animated Feature! | Babble

“I have a a great soft spot for Brave. It’s lush, beautiful, grand and glorious. Plus I had the opportunity to meet and interview the filmmakers a couple times, I practiced archery on the Pixar lot,  I went to the premiere, and I even tried haggis. So Brave has many deep personal bonds for me. Plus my daughter loves it. So there’s that! And on Sunday, the filmmakers were given the biggest award out there – the Oscar,” writes Babble’s Sunny Chanel. Published February 24, 2013.

Oscars 2013: ‘Brave’ Wins Animated Feature Prize | The Los Angeles Times

Co-directors Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews accepted the Best Animated Film Oscar for Brave. Published February 24, 2013.

Update 1-‘Brave’ Wins Best Animated Feature Oscar | Reuters

Brave, Pixar’s first film to feature a female lead character, wins Best Animated Film at the 2013 Academy Awards. Published February 24, 2013.

‘Brave’ Oscar: Best Animated Film at 2013 Academy Awards | The Huffington Post

Brave is the seventh Pixar film to win Animated Feature and was one of three Disney films nominated in the category. Published February 24, 2013.

Cowetan Roots for ‘Brave’ at Oscars | The Newnan Times-Herald

Brenda Chapman’s brother and Coweta County resident, Don Chapman, is rooting for Brave to win Best Animated Film at the Oscars. “I am very, very proud of her and hope that she wins on Sunday night,” he said. Published February 23, 2013.

BAFTAs 2013 – As It Happened | The Guardian

Xan Brooks of The Guardian live-blogged the 2013 BAFTA awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House. Brooks mentions part of Brenda Chapman’s acceptance speech for Brave, reporting that she thanked her daughter, Emma, “who inspired this movie.” Brooks continues, “She does not, thank heavens, then turn into a bear. Imagine if she had. The panic, the screaming. The carnage she would cause.” Published February 10, 2013.

Brave Wins at BAFTAs! | A113 Animation

Brave received the BAFTA award for Best Animated Film. Directors Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews were in London to accept the award. Published February 10, 2013.

Golden Globes: Brave Scoops Best Animated Film Award |The Scotsman

Brave took home Best Animated Film honors at this year’s Golden Globes. The film is also up for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature Film category. Published January 14, 2013.

Baftas 2013: Disney-Pixar’s Brave Nominated for Best Animation Award | BBC

Brave is up against Frankenweenie and Paranorman for Best Animation at the 2013 Baftas. Winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London on February 10. Published January 9, 2013.

Director Behind Brave Reveals Her Agony At Getting Kicked Off Film | The Daily Record

Although Brenda Chapman was thrilled to see Brave, the movie she wrote for her daughter, Emma, on the big screen, the moment was bittersweet in light of her removal from the film. “It is still very much my film,” she says. “But I think that is going to hurt always. It was very hard to believe what was happening (when I was replaced) and I never really got a straight answer as to why. It still haunts me today.” Published December 9, 2012.

Brenda Chapman, Fired ‘Brave’ Director, Bounces Back And Speaks Out | The Huffington Post

Brenda Chapman reveals her ‘fighting spirit’ in a chat with The Huffington Post. After she was removed from Brave, Chapman says she took the opportunity to dive into other projects. “I’m the youngest of five kids, so I’ve learned how to stand up for myself whenever I need to,” she says. Additionally, Chapman shares her advice to aspiring filmmakers, including a key piece of advice: remember, at all times, they’re working in a business. Published August 27, 2012.

Stand Up for Yourself, and Mentor Others | The New York Times

Brenda Chapman explores how her own experience creating Brave revealed valuable lessons about how those in the filmmaking industry can help young filmmakers find their place. And just maybe, as a result, more women will achieve positions of power in Hollywood. Published August 14, 2012.

Brenda Chapman on Writing Brave | Omnivoracious

In a chat with writer Susan J. Morris, Brenda Chapman discusses the creation and inspiration of Brave, the secrets of writing for kids and how Brenda mapped out what Susan called Brave’s “nonstandard plot–for one, it’s not your typical princess story!” Published August 13, 2012.

Inspired By Her Daughter: An Interview with the Co-Director of “Brave” | Ms. Blog

Writer Anna Diamond explores how the bond between mother and daughter influenced not only the characters in Brave, but the story itself, among other topics. Brenda also offers insight regarding women directing animated films. Her advice? “Do it!” Published July 25, 2012.

Missing The Mark? A Review of Pixar’s ‘Brave’ | Broad Recognition

Courtney Duckworth examines Brave’s female protagonist, Merida, and how her story and characterization represent an evolution from other more traditional princess stories. “While it may be unfair, it’s unsurprising that Brave is under such strict scrutiny,” writes Duckworth. “Merida has both the honor and the burden of acting as Pixar’s first female protagonist. As such, she has been endlessly dissected and framed as a makeshift “state of the union” of how gender is marketed towards children.” Published July 8, 2012.

Disney Pixar’s ‘Brave’ Rocks Box Office: Skilled Animation and Delightful Scotland | International Business Times

Creative animation and authenticity are two of many attributes that contributed to Brave’s box office success, writes the IBT staff. “Closing the Edinburgh Film Festival, Brave left the audience in awe, making them feel as if they took a trip to Scotland. The authenticity with which the country is portrayed deserves appreciation.” Published June 30, 2012.

Box Office Report: ‘Brave’ Hits The Bullseye with $66.7 Million | Entertainment Weekly

Pixar’s latest film, Brave, had a big debut weekend with $66.7 million in box office sales. The film also continues Pixar’s string of number one debuts; all 13 Pixar releases have hit number one during their first weekend of wide release. Published June 30, 2012.

Beason Native Created Story of Hit Movie ‘Brave’ | The State Journal-Register

Brave features references to Brenda Chapman’s hometown of Beason, Ill. Residents Elinor Keys and Merida Drake, for example, both have characters named for them in the film. “While creating the characters, I looked through books, but I was sold on using both names because they provided such good examples while I was growing up,” said Chapman. Published June 28, 2012.

Evolution of a Feisty Pixar Princess | The New York Times

For the first time in its 17-year history, Pixar has a female lead. Merida is a headstrong princess who took more than five years to come to life. Get a glimpse into Merida’s story and learn more about her creation as the artists and directors involved discuss everything from Merida’s iconic red hair to how she fits within the context of her environment. Published June 15, 2012.

Pixar’s ‘Brave’: First Look Art–Exclusive Photos | Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly offers a glimpse into the world of Brave, which will be Pixar’s first film starring a female protagonist. The concept art illustrates the lush surroundings of the Scottish Highlands, which serve as the film’s setting. Published March 28, 2011.

Disney Interactive Announces Brave: The Video Game | GameZone

Disney Interactive announced that Brave: The Video Game is currently in development for a number of gaming systems, including Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Mac/PC. The game will expand beyond the movie’s storyline, giving players the chance to battle “their way through the rugged landscape of mythical and mysterious Scotland. Using your wits and bravery, you will wield a sword and bow to defeat enemies, break a magical curse and save a kingdom,” writes Matt Liebl. Brave: The Video Game will be released this summer in conjunction with the film. Published March 19, 2012

Disney/Pixar Film Brave to Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival | BBC

Because Brave is set in Scotland, it’s only fitting that the film will make its European premiere during the final night of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The announcement comes on the heels of a marketing partnership between Walt Disney and VisitScotland to promote Scottish tourism. In addition to being set in Scotland, Brave features several Scottish stars including Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd and Craig Ferguson. The film will premiere on June 30. Published March 13, 2012.

Walt Disney, VisitScotland to Unite Overseas to Fire Up Celtic Passions for Launch of ‘Brave’ | The Hollywood Reporter

Not only is Disney/Pixar’s Brave set in Scotland, but the cast features a number of prominent Scottish stars including Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd and Craig Ferguson. It’s only fitting, then that Disney has teamed up with VisitScotland for a marketing campaign that promotes Scottish tourism. “The campaign will see Scotland’s scenery, humor and culture showcased on an unprecedented scale and will position Scotland on the world stage in a way not seen since Braveheart,” writes Stuart Kemp. Published March 1, 2012.

Brenda Chapman and the See-Through Ceiling | Animation magazine

Journalist/writer Michael Mallory looks back on his 2000 interview with Brenda Chapman in a celebration of Chapman’s accomplishments in the animation industry. Mallory also speculates about “Hollywood’s artistic ceiling” being “reinforced with safety glass” as a result of Chapman’s removal from Brave, a result of creative differences. Published March 1, 2012.

The Most Successful Female Director in Hollywood History |

Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has become the most successful female director in Hollywood history, based on Kung Fu Panda 2’s worldwide box office revenue of nearly $700 million. Nelson sits down with’s Clara Sturak for a Q&A, during which she describes the filmmaking process and credits mentors including Lorna Cook, Vicky Jenson and Brenda Chapman. Published February 10, 2012.

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