Due out: June 21
Stars: the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly
They say: A headstrong princess cast out of her kingdom must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
We say: It almost reads like a fairytale with a little Hunger Games on the side . . . Until you remember this is the latest work from the creative animation powerhouse Pixar.
Close up: There’s a first time for everything, even for a been- there- done- that outfit like Pixar. Never before has the studio framed a project around a female protagonist.
Wide shot: Has been up on the blocks for a long time by Pixar’s standards. Work started in 2008 under the title The Bear and the Bow. Disagreements over the original look ( too much snow) and feel ( too bleak) resulted in a director and several key creatives leaving the production along the way.