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Brave and Pixar's other incredibly detail-oriented movies: By the numbers
Brave's feisty heroine's red mane is made up of 1,500 individually animated curls — which is actually paltry compared to Sully's 2.3 million hairs in Monsters, Inc.
 
How does the heroine in Pixar's Brave get such bounce in her flame-colored hair? Try 1,500 individually animated curls.
How does the heroine in Pixar's Brave get such bounce in her flame-colored hair? Try 1,500 individually animated curls.
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Iconic characters from Pixar films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up are perhaps best known for their wry senses of humor and lovable whimsy, but their incredibly detailed execution may actually be their most impressive quality. The Wall Street Journal reports that fiery-haired Scottish princess Merida, the star of Pixar's Brave, which hits theaters Friday, boasts a mane comprising 1,500 individually animated curls. Here, a numerical look at how that bit of trivia stacks up to the minutiae of other Pixar films:

3,473,271 
Individual animated hairs on the Lots-o-Huggin Bear from Toy Story 3, according to First Showing

2,320,413
Individually animated hairs on Sully in Monsters, Inc. (voiced by John Goodman). Consequently, it took 11 to 12 hours to animate a single frame featuring Sully, according to Digititles.

270
Types of food created for Ratatouille, the film about a rat-turned-gourmet-chef, according to Slash Film

1,150,000
Individual hairs rendered on Ratatouille's rodent hero, Remy

115,000
Individual hairs rendered on Ratatouille's female human lead, Colette.

110,000
Individual hairs that the average real-life person has

20,622
Balloons used to elevate Carl's house in Up. (The film's supervising technical director estimates that 26.5 million balloons would be required to lift a house in real life.) 

200
Turtles in Finding Nemo's turtle dive sequence

640
Gunshots in the superhero film The Incredibles, according to IMDB

35
Explosions featured in that film 

105,000
Unique car characters separately animated for the Piston Cup showdown scene at the end of Cars

2,500
Different sounds recorded for WALL-E, twice the average of a Star Wars movie 

Sources: BAM's BlogDigititles, First Showing, IMDB (2, 3, 4), Slash FilmWall St. Journal, We Are Movie Geeks

 

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