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Steve Jobs’ favorite animation studio’s next big hit? Brave.

Let’s step back for a moment from Final Cut Pro X woes and turn our attention a bit to the brighter side of film-making. Award-winning animation studio Pixar that brought you such hits asA Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo and WALL-E is hard at work on their next big project called Brave. It’s going to be Pixar’s thirteenth cinema release, also filed as their first-ever project with a female lead, voiced by Kelly Macdonald. They’ve put out a promising teaser, embedded above. The clip reveals a cool-looking fantasy setting filled with RPG-like creatures. The project features a red-headed female character named Merinda who apparently teams up with an old Witch to slay a bunch of beasts and set the kingdom free (or something). Count us excited! Go past the fold for the official movie poster and some interesting background info about Pixar…

Steve Jobs served as Pixar’s chief executive until the studio’s contract distributor Disney acquired them in 2006, turning Jobs into the largest individual shareholder with a seat on the board of the Mickey Mouse house. Jobs was also credited as an executive producer of the 1996 blockbuster Toy Story which put Pixar on the map and legitimized featured animated film-making. Incredibly, in the fifteen years Pixar’s been producing twelve feature films, they have never made a flop. Here, Toy Story(1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999),Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille(2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Cars 2 (2011). Any of these sound like a flop to you? Yes, Cars 2 could have been better, but it was a commercially successful release nonetheless. And Toy Story 3, for example, raked in over $1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time.


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