Here is a compilation of the shots I animated for Brave:
I was just going to animate a shot or two on Brave for fun… I never like to miss working on a Pixar feature if I can help it. Then Brave production started missing deadlines, and they needed all the help they could get, so I was enlisted to be full-time on the show for about 3 months. Nevertheless it was still fun; working with Mark Andrews is a blast, and I got to do some juicy shots. I especially enjoyed the scene of Elinor eating the cake, and I did a lot of research on people trying to conceal disgust. Emma Thompson's vocal performance was hugely inspirational, and I referenced Lucille Ball and WIlliam Shattner as well. On a technical note, this was the first time I ever had the chance to animate neck muscles.
As for the triplet shots, the snot gag was my idea. Love it or hate it, I thought it was true to young kids' behavior, and it ended up in the trailer! I also came up with the chicken-on-the-head idea. I don't claim think it's funny (mostly I think it's weird). There were no storyboards for this sequence, and I was tasked with using the chicken in a way that would frighten Maudie but would be funny to the audience. This was one of about 5 ideas I tried, and it seemed to get the best reaction.
You can see some of my planning drawings here: