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Cameos, in-jokes, re-used animation and other trivia from Brave.
All Easter eggs in Brave were placed in the witch's cottage.
- The Pizza Planet truck appears as a wooden trinket on a worktable.
- A113 appears in Roman numerals as ACXIII above the entrance door.
- Sulley from Monsters, Inc., set to return in Monsters University, appears on a piece of wood.
- A tribute to the late Joe Ranft is present in Brave: An image of him is engraved on a small carved box.
- A likely reference to Newt: The Witch throws a newt in her cauldron, which makes the potion burst into blue smoke and snowflakes.
- The Luxo Ball appears when Merida enters the house.
- The DunBroch royal family tapestry involved in the film's plot was used in Cars 2, except that the tapestry seen in the pub in London, England, showed Merida and her family as cars.
- When this film was released in UK cinemas, BrightSpark Productions (that releases Brazillian mockbuster studio Vídeo Brinquedo's films in the UK) released a DVD called Braver, which many consider to be a cash-in on Brave, due to the cover art and name. The content on this DVD, however, is actually a 2005 animated film called A Fairy Tale Christmas.
- This is the first Pixar movie to have a female protagonist.
- This is the first Pixar movie to include the Walt Disney Pictures logo that is shortened to "Disney" and the words "Disney presents", leaving out the words "Walt" and "Pictures".
- This is the second Pixar movie to begin when the main character was a child, the first being Up.
- This is Pixar's first fairytale.
- Brave is the third Pixar movie to have a post-credit sequence. The first is Finding Nemo, and the second being Cars.
- Brave was dedicated to the late Pixar co-founder, Steve Jobs, and the sixth Pixar movie to have dedication to a Pixar employee who has passed away during the credits. The first is Finding Nemo being dedicated to Glenn McQueen, the second is Cars being dedicated to Joe Ranft, Ratatouille to Dan Lee, WALL•E to Justin Wright, and Up, to Joe Grant.
- Brave is set in the kingdom of DunBroch, during the 10th century.
- Brave's logo includes a stylized representation of Merida in the "B" and of Queen Elinor in the "E".
- This is the fourth Pixar movie to have real blood, after Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Up.
- During the Brave Press Event (held April 3-5, 2012), it was stated that 111,394 storyboards were created for the film. This compares to 80,000 for Cars 2 and 92,854 for Toy Story 3.
- There are more than 100 unique hair/facial hair combinations used in "Brave" for human characters and animals. Each variant can appear in any of nine different colors, creating more than 900 hairstyle/color variants.
- Brave is the third Pixar film to be rated PG, after The Incredibles and Up. Followed by Inside Out as the fourth and Finding Dory as the fifth.
- On Fridays, the animators had to wear kilts as part of their work routine.
- There are several scenes in several previews promoting the movie that were not present in the actual film, such as Merida mock-dueling her father, the Lords presenting their emblems (a cauldron, a lyre, and a boulder), and Fergus, Elinor, and the Triplets putting on a play.
- This is the first Pixar movie to have humans naked.
- Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane, who voiced the Witch and Lord Dingwall, both appeared in the entire Harry Potter film series as Molly Weasley (Ron's mother) and Rubeus Hagrid, respectively. Also, Kelly Macdonald had appeared as the Grey Lady in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. And Emma Thompson appeared as Professor Sybill Trelawney in three of the Harry Potter films (Prisoner of Azkaban, Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows: Part 2).
- Merida is the first Disney Princess to come from a Pixar film.
- This movie has a few similarities to Brother Bear, such as one mistake in the film led to a character magically turning into a bear.
- This is the first Pixar film released after the death of founder Steve Jobs; the film was dedicated in memory of him.
- The characters of Brave are incorporated in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.