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Video: director of Brave sees scope to make a sequel

Princess Merida could be ready to let fly on another adventure.

ANIMATED: Brave director Mark Andrews at Glasgow School of Art with students Katy Gilchrist, left, and Mairi Blyth. Picture: Colin Mearns
ANIMATED: Brave director Mark Andrews at Glasgow School of Art with students Katy Gilchrist, left, and Mairi Blyth. Picture: Colin Mearns

The director of Oscar-winning Disney Pixar movie Brave, set in a mythical Scotland, has said that if the right story was found, the cast and characters of the animated movie could re-assemble for a sequel.

Mark Andrews is in Scotland for the next fortnight, teaching and lecturing at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), working with students from fine art, design and architecture and at the digital design studio. Watch the video below.

The American, whose ancestors include Scots on both his mother and father's side, is currently working on a new film for Pixar.

However, the writer and director said that not only would a new Brave film have a ready audience, it would be enjoyable to reconvene its largely Scottish voice-cast, including Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly and Robbie Coltrane, as well as attracting other Scottish talent.

Andrews said: "If I get the right story it would be fun.

"Get the gang back together again, add a few more new characters, find out what Scottish talents are out there who have yet to do an animated film and may want to – that would be fun."

The prospect of a Brave sequel seems some time away, however.

"We never make a film at Pixar to have a sequel, it's always nice when they do, we have the philosophy that if we have the right story, then we will," he added.

"Surely the marketing and the success of Brave says 'you can have one, and they [the audience] will come', but whether we are going to or not I don't know, but it would be fun to do another one.

"I am currently working on another film, it's original, and that's all I can say."

A Brave sequel would be a potential boon to the Scottish tourist industry.

VisitScotland made the original film the basis of a £7 million campaign in 2012 with hopes that the Brave effect would boost the Scottish economy by £140m.

Andrews's trip to Glasgow comes years after visiting the GSA on his honeymoon.

As well as teaching at the GSA, he will also visit Pirie Park Primary in Govan, where pupils have been working on an animation project with art school students.

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