Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 by Chris Bliss
Make room for Oscar on the mantelpiece! Pixar's Brave won Best Animated Feature at the 85th Annual Academy Awards held February 24 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Accepting the award was Director Mark Andrews, CCA Animation faculty member, and Brenda Chapman, codirector.
Wearing one of his trademark kilts, Andrews was ebullient as he thanked Pixar's leadership and the producer of the film, Katherine Sarafian. He also extended his gratitude to Chapman for developing the story. Brave is the first film Andrews has directed.
Disney and Pixar's joint effort Brave tells the tale of Merida, a headstrong Scottish princess who is set on defying customs to determine her own path, refusing to take the pragmatic and dignified route of her mother, Queen Elinor. (Chapman has said that the mother-daughter relationship between Merida and Queen Elinor was largely inspired by her own relationship with her daughter.)