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Disney Princess Merida from Brave

Updated on April 6, 2013

Disney Princess Merida is Voiced by Kelly Macdonald

Disney Princess Merida is the lead character in the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie "Brave," to be released in June 2012. A courageous and skilled archer who is determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida is granted an "ill-fated wish" by a witch and then must discover true bravery to undo a curse. Princess Merida's starring role in the film marks the first time a Pixar movie has featured a female protagonist. She will join the line of other popular Disney Princesses, such as Snow White, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Belle, Tiana, and all the others.

(Image of Princess Merida © 2011 Disney/Pixar)

Disney princess Merida Brave movie poster
Disney princess Merida Brave movie poster

About Disney/Pixar "Brave" Movie

Film is first Pixar movie with a female lead

"Brave" is Pixar's 13th feature-length movie, but this the animation studio's first fairy tale, first movie with a female protagonist and was also supposed to be the first directed by a woman, Brenda Chapman. But Chapman was replaced midway through the movie by Mark Andrews. "Entertainment Weekly" has reported that Disney plans to credit both directors in the final film.

The movie is set in the Scottish Highlands, where Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) lives with her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Merida is a head-strong young woman who is known for her skill as an archer. When she defies an ancient custom and brings anger and turmoil to the kingdom, she finds an old witch who grants her an "ill-fated wish." Princess Merida must then use her skills to discover the true meaning of bravery and save the kingdom from an evil curse.

Image Credit: Disney-Pixar

Kelly Macdonald Princess Merida
Kelly Macdonald Princess Merida

Kelly Macdonald is the Voice of Disney Princess Merida

Actress is from Scotland

Kelly Macdonald is the Scottish-born actress who serves as the voice of Princess Merida in the Disney/Pixar film "Brave." Reese Witherspoon was originally announced as the voice of the character, but later had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

Macdonald's acting career started when she won an open audition for the role as Diane in the 1996 movie "Trainspotting," which starred Ewan McGregor. Her TV career has included high-profile roles in two BBC dramas, including "The Girl in the Cafe," for which she won an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Other roles have included the scullery maid Evangeline in "Nanny McPhee," a supporting role in the Academy Award-winning "No Country for Old Men," and the Grey Lady in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2."

(Photo credit: Pixar Wiki)

Disney Princess Merida Doll - 11-inch doll based on the Brave movie

Little girls will love this 11-inch Princess Merida doll wearing her Adventure Dress. The figure has bendable arms and legs and the archery glove, shoes, bows and arrows are also removable.

Disney/Pixar Brave Movie Trailer - Get a sneak peek at Princess Merida in action

Princess Merida will join the long lineup of other Disney Princesses that currently includes Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Pocahontas, Belle, Mulan, Ariel, Jasmine, Tiana and Rapunzel.

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    • LisaDH profile image

      LisaDH 5 years ago

      @CCGAL: Darn it! I'm one of those people who left too soon and missed the delightful ending.

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      So I finally got to see this show on the big screen yesterday, and I was enthralled by it for the most part. What surprised me was how deep the story line was, given that it's a cartoon fairy tale. This film took my heart on a roller coaster ride, as it made me laugh and cry, sometimes in rapid succession. Of course we stayed through all of the credits, and were rewarded with the Easter Egg final scene that delighted us. I am always amazed that people get up and leave so soon and miss those delightful endings.

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      This movie really is appealing to all ages...and both genders. Me and my son and daughter in law all three want to see it! Can't wait.

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      I want to see Brave when it comes out, and I want to see it on the big screen. That's unusual for me, but the trailers are so intriguing. I love that Princess Merida is so unusual and interesting. I can hardly wait to see how the story turns out.

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      ChrissLJ 5 years ago

      While I think that most of Disney's movies have been nothing but pure garbage the past number of years, I'm excited that they are FINALLY putting out a "princess movie" where the princess isn't relying upon a prince/warrior/etc to save her or help her find meaning in her life. I also love that she's not perfectly coifed. It's about time Disney started showing characters who don't appear as cartoon supermodels.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I was interested to see that Kelly Macdonald is the voice of the princess. After reading this page, I realized she is the actress on Boardwalk Empire too, right?