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Brave’s Chapman Becomes Pixar’s 1st Woman Director

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Brave’s Chapman Becomes Pixar’s 1st Woman Director

Pixar has long been breaking ground with computer animation, and now it’s breaking ground in a different way.

The studio has announced Brenda Chapman will direct and write Brave, the studio’s 13th feature film, due out June 15, 2012. The film is the first from the studio to be directed by a woman.

Chapman previously directed the DreamWorks Animation feature The Prince of Egypt and has writing credits on some of the top animated features of the past 20 years including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Cars.

Here’s a description of Brave from Disney:

“The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right.”

The film features the voices Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters.

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