LOS ANGELES Feb 24 "Brave," the story of a
rebellious, red-headed princess, won the Oscar on Sunday for
Best Animated Feature.
The fairy tale from Disney's Pixar studio is set in
the ancient Scottish highlands and centers around
horseback-riding teen Princess Merida, who defies her mother,
breaks with tradition and does her own thing.
When a witch grants Merida an ill-fated wish and turns her
mother into a bear, the girl must gather all her resources to
bring her family back together.
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, "Brave" was a
departure for Pixar because it was the studio's first film to
feature a strong female as the lead character.
The film also had a scarier feel than many of Pixar's
previous movies, which include "Toy Story" and "Cars."
During its 17-year history making films, Pixar has shown a
knack for both making hit movies and winning Oscars.
The win for "Brave" gave Pixar its 7th Best Animated Feature
Oscar since the category was first introduced at the Academy
Awards in 2001.
Eight years in the making, "Brave" involved two research
trips to Scotland where the creative team studied Celtic
Merida was voiced by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald.
Chapman was the first woman to direct a Pixar feature, but
she was replaced by Andrews in 2010 due to creative differences.