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Walt Disney Records “Brave” Soundtrack Helps Transport Moviegoers to Ancient Scotland



BURBANK, Calif. (June 7, 2012) – Disney-Pixar's
epic fantasy adventure "Brave" harnesses the magic of ancient Scotland,
weaving the rich natural setting throughout the story and bringing it
to life with sophisticated filmmaking and extraordinary performances.
The music of "Brave" elevates the authenticity with a fresh and
contemporary approach to Oscar®-nominated composer Patrick Doyle's
score, as well as two original songs performed by lauded Scottish Gaelic
singer Julie Fowlis. A third original song plays during the film's
epilogue and is performed by UK singing sensation Birdy with British
folk rock band Mumford & Sons.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda
Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, "Brave" hits theatres on
June 22, 2012. The film's soundtrack from Walt Disney Records will be
available June 19, 2012.

"The music of 'Brave' supports the story, bolstering this epic journey with Merida,"
said director Mark Andrews. "The music really sets the tone for the film and
underscores the time period. We wanted to capture this ancient feel of
Scotland and the music really adds another layer of authenticity."


Patrick Doyle, only the fourth composer to write a score for a Pixar
film, used a variety of native Scottish instruments such as bagpipes,
solo fiddle, Celtic harps, flutes and the bodhran. To
give the score a contemporary and fresh feel he included original
bespoke electronic sounds and electronically treated dulcimer and
cimbalom. "I employed many classic Scottish dance rhythms such as reels, jigs and strathspeys, which not only serve the action but keep it authentic," said Doyle. "I particularly loved composing the Gaelic lament 'Noble Maiden Fair' with my son Patrick Neil, sung so beautifully by Emma [Thompson] and Peigi [Barker]."


new songs performed by acclaimed Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis
are among the film's musical highlights. "Touch the Sky," with music by
Pixar's own Alex Mandel and lyrics by Mandel and director Mark Andrews,
accompanies Merida's liberating and exhilarating ride through the forest
when she is able to escape the confines of castle life. The song "Into the Open Air," with music and lyrics by Mandel, is heard later in the
film during a special moment between mother and daughter. "If ever we
imagined a singing voice for Merida-the beauty, the clarity, the
directness and honesty-Julie embodies that and she's fantastic," said
producer Katherine Sarafian.

Fowlis, "It was great to be invited to record and perform on the
soundtrack to 'Brave' and particularly to sing the songs which represent
the feisty, female lead Merida. I so enjoyed the
challenge of adding a dimension of acting to my singing in order to
bring Merida's character and inner feelings to life through song."

"Learn Me Right" is 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. "It's
quite fun doing a song for a movie rather than for an album," said
Marcus Mumford. "We liked the idea of having an orchestra in the
background and having a girl like Birdy sing-it's been quite
liberating." Added Birdy, "I love it because it tells a story. Although
it has a lot of emotion, it's also very upbeat and you want to dance to
it, which is why it works so well."

Me Right
' is an amazing song," said Sarafian. "I feel something every
time I hear it. Mumford & Sons sketched out a piece that would do
justice to the culminating moment of the movie, underscoring the
emotion, heart and the lessons learned between mother and daughter. They
really found that moment of truth in the story we were trying to tell
and it takes the movie to a new level at the end."

The "Brave" soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on June 19, 2012.

Track list :

1.    "Touch the Sky" Performed by Julie Fowlis

2.    "Into the Open Air" Performed by Julie Fowlis

3.    "Learn Me Right" Performed by Birdy [with Mumford & Sons]

4.    "Fate and Destiny" Score

5.    "The Games" Score

6.    "I Am Merida" Score

7.    "Remember to Smile" Score

8.    "Merida Rides Away" Score

9.    "The Witch's Cottage" Score

10.  "Song of Mor'du" Performed by Billy Connolly and Cast

11.  "Through the Castle" Score

12.  "Legends Are Lessons" Score

13.  "Show Us the Way" Score

14.  "Mum Goes Wild" Score

15.  "In Her Heart" Score

16.  "Noble Maiden Fair" (A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal) Performed by Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker

17.  "Not Now!" Score

18.  "Get the Key" Score

19.  "We've Both Changed" Score

20.  "Merida's Home" Score


Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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