"Brave" (June 22)
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson Director: Mark Andrews ("One Man Band")
Although "Brave" is Pixar's thirteenth feature film, it boasts an awful lot of firsts for the animation giant. Their first film focused on a female lead—courageous Scottish Princess Merida (Macdonald), who defies rigid gender roles. First film told as a fairy tale (inspired by the work of Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm). First film directed by "Ratatouille" story supervisor Andrews. First non-sequel since 2009's "Up." And it was very nearly the first Pixar film directed by a woman—until original director Brenda Chapman ("The Prince of Egypt") was replaced due to creative differences. Behind the scenes turmoil aside, this sounds like a good bet to help Pixar speed past the disappointment of "Cars 2."