From the LA Times on Pixar’s first female protagonist in the history of the studio:
The film brought Pixar’s artists some new technical challenges — it took two years to achieve the precise degree of frizz in Merida’s hair, for instance. But “Brave’s” biggest mark of distinction is its female protagonist, a first for the animation studio behind the “Toy Story” and “Cars” movies.
Andrews said that Merida’s trail-blazing places “Brave” squarely in the Pixar storytelling canon.
“Pixar made the first old-person-centered animated film with ‘Up’ and the first rat-that-wants-to-be-a-chef film with ‘Ratatouille,'” Andrews said.”Pixar is not one to shy away from firsts.”
Wow, a female hero is as rare and remarkable as a rat who can cook.
She’s coming to a theater near you in June 2012. And she’s a Scot. I can’t wait!