The story of Pixar's Brave will continue with a new spin-off short that they are developing. The new short is called The Legend of Mor'du, and it was directed by Ratatouille storyboard artist Brian Larsen.
A couple of pieces of concept art for the film were revealed to give you a look at the kind of feel that the movie is going for. The art was created by Disney artist Mary Blair.
According to EW, "Mor’du the demon bear became a bigger and bigger part of the story, but ultimately the film explored only a bare-bones version of the legend – enough to tell moviegoers what they needed to know, while still keeping it mysterious and off to the side, to avoid detracting from the scarlet-haired heroine’s own story."
This short will go into more depth and tell the back story of Mor'du. The director of the short had this to say,
Steve Purcell, the co-writer, came up with idea of a king turned into a legendary bear. As the movie progressed, people [from preview audiences] wanted more and more about Mor’du, so Mark [Andrews, who co-directed Brave with Brenda Chapman] started putting more backstory in, and we started linking together how the kingdom fell.
When talking about what kind of short we would do, I said I would love to expand on all these Mor’du elements, so let’s write this thing to touch on what’s in the movie, but come up with something a little bit deeper. This little short is filling in the middle part for you.
I thought Brave was a great movie, but it was met with mixed reviews. I'll be looking forward to seeing this short. Did you like Brave? What are your thoughts on a short focusing on the story of Mor'du?
The short will be included in the Blu-ray combo pack for Brave, which comes out November 13th.
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