'Brave' takes Disney's Pixar into new territory

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PHOENIX -- "Brave" is Pixar's 13th film. Half of the company's films have gone on to be nominated for Oscars for the  best animated film. At least three of Pixar's animated movies have turned out to be some of the best-selling movies of all time.

This latest is the first to feature a female lead -- Merida. Although you can call her a Pixar princess, this  princess is a tomboy who doesn't think she needs any "prince" to help her.

Merida is a Scottish princess who defies the custom of a  battle of clans to chose a husband for her. In doing so she  brings chaos to her kingdom.

She tries to correct her problems by magic but once she's granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

"Brave" tackles the ever-popular movie problem of teenage angst -- of growing up and breaking away from your parents. But carrying its famous dual-line humor,  this Pixar  movie  shows the pain that parents go through, as well, during this time.

The movie has several famous Scottish actors doing the voices including Billy Connolly ("The Last Samurai," "The Boondock Saints") as King Fergus, Kevin McKidd ("Grey's Anatomy," "Made of Honor") and Craig Ferguson ("Saving Grace," "Doc Martin") as clansmen and the main voice of Merida voiced by Kelly Macdonald ("No Country for Old Men," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2").

Brit Emma Thompson ("Sense & Sensibility," "Love Actually") is the voice of the queen.

The movie, which paints a beautiful picture of Scotland, has been given a PG rating for some scary moments.

Pixar's feature films include "Cars" and "Cars 2," "Up," Wall-E," 'Ratatouille," "The Incredibles," Finding Nemo," "Monsters, Inc." "A Bug's Life" and all three "Toy Story" movies.