Merida – the 11th Official Disney Princess

Merida is the eleventh official Disney princess. She is the star of the movie Brave! Brave is a unique movie as it is set in Scotland and focuses more on the love of family instead of a love story between a prince and princess.

Brave was released on June 22, 2012. It received a Golden Globe award for Best Animated Film. Brave is officially a Pixar movie.

Merida from brave

Brave Summary

Merida is 16 years old and from Scotland. She has an outgoing forceful personality but we also so her softness. Merida is an excellent archer and refuses to marry a man due to tradition.

Merida and her mother have an argument, and Merida runs away to a with who promises to help change her fate. Through a course of events, Merida’s mother and brother change into bears. It is up to Merida to get them back into human form before it is too late.

Who is Merida’s Prince?

Merida does not have an official Disney prince!

Who Voiced Merida in the Disney Movie?

Merida is voiced by actress Kelly Macdonald. Fun fact, Reese Witherspoon was originally cast for the role!

Another singer, Julie Fowlis, sang 2 of the songs in the movie. Those songs are Touch the Sky” and “Into The Open Air”.

Brave Characters

  • Princess Merida of DunBroch is the main character. Her horse’s name is Angus.
  • Merida is the daughter of Queen Elinor and King Fergus.
  • Merida’s brothers are Prince Hubert, Prince Harris, and Prince Hamish.
  • Lord MacGuffin, Lord Dingwall, and Lord Macintosh all have sons who they want to marry Merida.
  • The Witch in Brave is….The Witch! She does not have another name.
Disney Princess Names - what to ask Merida

Fun Facts about Brave

Merida is Disney’s 11th princess and the first Pixar princess in 2012.
Brave was co-directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews, making it Pixar’s first feature length film with a female co-director!

Instead of a male love interest, Brave focuses on the love of a family – specifically between Merida and her parents.

9 Fun Facts About Merida

  1. Merida is the first princess to come from Pixar.
  2. Merida wore 22 different outfits in the movie.
  3. She is the first Disney Princess to have a brother – and Merida has 3 of them!
  4. Merida originally had green eyes, and then were later changed to blue to make her more unique.
  5. She’s the first princess to not have a love interest.
  6. “Merida” means “honorable.”
  7. Merida (along with Snow White) does not have a sequel of spin off.
  8. If Merida straightened her hair it would be four feet long!
  9. Merida has 5 different hairstyles in the movie.
Merida

What to say to Merida in Walt Disney World:

What to ask Merida when. you meet her:
1. Ask her how is Scotland different from Disney World?
2. Ask her to give you an archery lesson.
3. Ask her what it was like to see her mom as a bear.
4. Ask her how Angus is doing.

Fun Family Fact: Dave took his oldest Granddaughter to see Brave in the theater (she was 4 at the time) and they ended up having the entire theater to themselves!

Merida Quotes

  • “Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it, but there are some who are led.”
  • But every once in a while, there’s a day when I don’t have to be a princess. No lessons, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day I can change my fate.
  • “I’m the princess. I’m the example. I’ve got duties, responsibilities, expectations. My whole life is planned out.”
  • “I suppose a princess just does what she’s told!”
  • “I want my freedom!”
  • “You’re the queen, you can just tell the lords, ‘The princess is not ready for this. In fact, she might not ever be ready for this! So, that’s that, good day to you. We’ll expect your declarations of war in the morning!’”
  • “I bet he wishes he was tossing cabers.”
  • “Oh, that’s attractive.”
  • “Oats it is, then!”
  • “I am Merida, first-born descendant of Clan DunBroch, and I’ll be shooting for my own hand.”
  • “This whole marriage is what you want! Do you ever bother to ask what I want?”
  • “You’re a witch! That’s why the wisps led me here!”
  • “I want a spell to change my mum. That’ll change my fate.”
  • “I didn’t ask her to change you into a bear, I just wanted her to change you.”
  • “Sorry, I don’t speak Bear.”
  • “The story of this kingdom is a powerful one. My dad rallied your forces and you made him your king. It was an alliance forged in bravery and friendship, and it lives to this day.”
  • “I’ve been selfish. I tore a great rift in this kingdom. There’s no one to blame but me. And I know now that I need to amend my mistake, and mend our bond.”
  • “There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.”

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