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Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE takes the Number 1 Spot at the UK Box Office

20 August 2012

Disney•Pixar’s latest comedy adventure “Brave” took a whopping £8.2 million winning the number one spot at the UK box office.

Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland and with an all-star UK voice cast including Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd and Julie Walters, the film celebrates what’s wonderful and inspiring about the UK in a year that has showcased the country at its best.

Brave’s fresh and contemporary score by Oscar®-nominated composer Patrick Doyle elevates its authenticity as well as two original songs performed by lauded Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis. The film also features “Learn Me Right” an original song performed by Birdy, whose self-titled album has been awarded Gold and Platinum status in UK and Europe respectively, and the Grammy®-nominated British folk rock group Mumford & Sons, who also wrote, arranged and produced the track.

‘Bewitching’ - 4 stars - Daily Telegraph – Robbie Collins

‘Another Pixar Hit’ - The Sun – Grant Rollings

‘Visual Beauty...Charming child-friendly and entertaining, whatever your age’?4 Stars
Daily Mail – Chris Tookey

‘First-rate old fashioned craftsmanship — good storytelling and impressive visuals’ - 4 stars - The Sunday Times – Cosmo Landesman

‘The most beautiful yet’ - GQ

Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney • Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humour. “Brave” is in cinemas nationwide now.

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TWDC has had a strong presence in the UK and Ireland for more than 75 years and currently employs over 3,000 people. TWDC is a major film distributor in the UK and Ireland with recent successes including “Marvel Avengers Assemble” and “The Muppets”. Forthcoming releases includeDisney • Pixar’s “Brave” and Disney’s “Frankenweenie”.  Disney also works with local broadcast partners to bring compelling and creative branded and non-branded content to viewers via a variety of platforms, including the award-winning series ‘’Grey’s Anatomy.’’ Disney Channel is the number one pay TV channel with kids (4 – 15) for the sixth consecutive year in the UK and now reaches half of all girls (8 – 12). The Disney Channel multiplex in the UK also includes Disney XD, Disney Junior and Disney Cinemagic. ESPN has made significant inroads into the UK market after establishing the “ESPN” channel in the UK, offering a wide range of sports, including the Barclays Premier League, Scottish Premier League, Aviva Premiership Rugby, FA Cup and the newly added UEFA Europa League. Disney’s wide range of consumer products, including toys, apparel, home décor, foods, books and magazines, are sold at specialist and mass market retailers and at Disney Stores across the UK and Ireland. In 2008, Disney announced its partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity focused on raising £10 million towards the hospital’s redevelopment appeal. The Disney Appeal works across all of the Disney businesses to raise funds and provide unique and memorable experiences for patients and their families.

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