ByTré Roland-Martin, writer at
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Tré Roland-Martin

In 2012, Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar unleashed Brave, which is the latter studio's first princess film. The film, whose working title was The Bear and the Bow, is technically about a rebellious Scottish princess named Merida who overcomes a curse that was brought about by refusing to marry a man that her parents chose for her.

However, the same year, a British studio known as Brightspark unleashed a direct-to-DVD, more low-budget mockbuster that people might confuse for Brave. The film was known as Braver, and its plot is almost similar; a princess named Angela is put under a spell, and she gets kidnapped to a far-away forest.

Similarly, in 2010, Brightspark also made a mockbuster called Tangled Up that was derivative of Disney's Tangled, which was based off of the fairy tale of Rapunzel. Also in 2013, a studio in Canada released The Legend of Sarila, which was derivative of Disney's Frozen (see my article on that mockbuster for more information).

There's a huge irony behind the animation of Braver: the cover art looks like something done in CGI, but the animation is actually traditional 2D animation; and by that, I mean animation done with cels, not the one done with modern technologies.

Braver received negative reviews from both critics and the customers who bought the movie online. For example, on Lovefilm, a user named Richv stated that:

"The contents bore NO relation to the actual film, in fact I would say the packaging is meant to fool you into thinking you were buying the soon to be released 'Brave'. Stylistically I would say this was made about 20 years ago, very cheaply."

Disney had also threatened legal action against Brightspark regarding the release of Braver, claiming that the studio was duping customers into buying a film that was not the original. Regarding the lawsuit, Disney stated:

"People place great trust in the quality and creativity of Disney, and when it appears that another company is causing confusion among Disney consumers we will act to protect ourselves and the consumer. Disney believes Brightspark has demonstrated a pattern of misleading consumers with numerous releases that confuse and undermine the trust those consumers have in Disney."

Disney films have been the targets of various mockbusters by different studios; for example, The Son of the Lion King, made by the infamous German studio known as Dingo Pictures, was derivative of The Lion King. On the other hand, various Pixar and Disney films had rip-offs that were made by a studio in Brazil known as Vídeo Brinquedo. Some examples of their films include The Little Cars (a Cars rip-off), Ratatoing (a Ratatouille rip-off), and Little Princess School (a rip-off of the Disney Princess franchise). Sparkplug Entertainment, an American studio, also made some Pixar mockbusters like A Car's Life: Sparky's Big Adventure.

Have you confused Braver from the higher-budgeted Pixar film that inspired it?


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