Is that Julie Fowlis I hear?

Is that Julie Fowlis I hear?

So I am watching the Oscar Awards program the night before last, and there is a new trailer for the Disney-Pixar movie coming out this summer, called Brave, which is the story of a medieval Scots princess. But this trailer was different than previous trailers, being accompanied by a lovely gaelic song. Help me out, is that Julie Fowlis I hear?
Here’s the clip:
http://io9.com/5888610/sing-along-with-pixars-gaelic-anthem-in-the-new-brave-trailer

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Yeah, that is Julie Fowlis.

Not sure about the film, though. A level of Celtic cheese that would probably put even James MacPherson to shame.

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Yes. There are also some decent pipers on the soundtrack as well I believe.

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Yep, it is definitely her! I saw she posted it on Twitter and on her Facebook page (ah, the wonders of technology). She mentioned that Kris Drever and John McCusker are on the trailer as well. I don’t know how the film will turn out, but at least the soundtrack will be good!

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Quite right NCFA, a few lads from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD) play the pipes in it

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Maybe we’re in for an era of Celtic Grand Opera - preposterous cringe-making hackneyed blowzy epics bulked out with fantastic sound-tracks.

I can imagine Julie Fowlis emerging from the Corryvreckan Whirlpool on the stage of the Royal Opera House with a chorus of kelpies as a full house gets out its Gaelic libretti and scores and starts singing along - it could be okay, really…

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better take a cold shower Nicholas
I thought it looked quite good
although I would like to see more of NCFA juggling the swords though

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As long as you are happy to lie underneath the swords as I juggle them Dave then I have no problem with that at all.

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I’ve just taken the trouble to see the clip!

The red-headed floozie is quite obviously meant to be a copy of Rebekah Brooks, who edited The Sun newspaper at one time and has been in the soup lately, as she knew her organisation’s journalists were hacking into people’s mobile phones and private lives generally well beyond the call of ‘the national interest’, and did not rein them in. However, it has recently been announced that she took in a poor old police horse and looked after it for them, which strikes me more as a golden deed than as an occasion of corruption.

And sure enough, YOU SEE THE HORSE - and that might be her riding it, though one can’t be sure.

At the end, she seems to have taken the opportunity to reinvent her fate and is squaring up to a monstrous bear or something.

The subliminar message of course is that she and the whole crock of hacks working for News International under Rupert Murdoch are Bravehearts all and feisty battlers for liberty.

In reality they should all be on Devil’s Island. Leaving beside those periodicals which might coyly be termed ‘specialist’, Murdoch must have run the most degraded newspapers in the world.

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Multiple meanings of hacking happening there.

The wee cartoon really does look like Rebekah Brooks. Thanks for pointing that out, Nicholas. πŸ™‚

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@MacCruiskeen - You may be right there…

But looking at the snippet again, I get the impression the horse gets chomped by the bear monster that the little redhead is facing at the end.

The message is clear: Disney, Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks and all are on the same size, valiantly resisting the onslaught of the huge and terrifying bear = Putin, Russia / the Red Peril. Same old, same old.

(Maybe Murdoch is the affable Obelix-like chieftain seen early on, the demure princess is his newish Chinese wife Wendi, and it’s all a piece of Roman Empire-style p.r. to bring about her acceptance by the populace - or alternatively, make her know her place. I don’t know enough about them. I don’t wish to. My knowledge of the film is naturally defective, too.)

These endearing Highland hobbits are also Unionists, as can be seen in this or other clips through the red, white and blue colour scheme on the targets.

Believing as I do that the UK’s worst enemies live here and bears don’t come into it overmuch, I feel no obligation to extend more than a raspberry to the fantasies I have divined in the clip(s) - which do strike me as not too far-fetched. And by ‘worst enemies’ I do not mean Scottish or Welsh Nats, for that matter.

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‘Same side’, not ‘same size’…)

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Thanks for the confirmation, guys.
Somehow, nicholas, I think any subtext about phone hacking journalists was purely unintentional. Although I think a movie on that topic will appear at some point.
From seeing the other trailers, it seems this young princess is not one who believes she needs to be wedded to a prince to find true happiness, and is quite willing to take on a quest all by herself. In my mind, a refreshing change from the passive Disney princesses of the past. I suspect my granddaughter will be just fine with that approach.

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Al Brown - Not to worry, I’m just bull88888ing as usual! I bow to your superior knowledge of trailers and plot.

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nicholas, if we gave points for creativity, you would have carried the day! πŸ˜‰

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What a shame we don’t then…

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Nicholas, can I have some of whatever you’re smoking?

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I guess I should retain an open mind about this movie. After all, if one can maintain a willing suspension of disbelief and enjoy a movie about talking fish or toys that come to life, what’s a mere made up English-speaking medieval-ish civilization in the Highlands?

And there is a pony. I can watch any movie with a pony.

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DrSS, that probably explains why there is a pony in the movie. Those Pixar folks are clever…

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In fairness, I think Disney/Pixar figured out quite a long time ago that all animated movies should have at least one relatively intelligent and loyal furry animal, regardless of how irrelevant to the plot it may be.

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I have heard that the good folks of the Oran Mor hold to the same philosophy! πŸ˜€

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To answer the headline question……..
…….not if there isn’t a microphone near her. I’ve heard a folk-club organiser complain that she has no vocal projection, and was almost inaudible in a normal acoustic setting.

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How many folk-clubs have the "normal acoustic setting" of traditional song ?

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Was this "folk-club organiser" a stuff octogenarian by any chance? Did he forget his hearing trumpet that day?

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Neither a he nor a vegetarian.
Do ‘normal’ folk clubs use PA systems ?

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"Vegetarian" - I was still thinking of a previous posting ! LOL.
Not a stuff octogenarian either.