Published Monday, February 25, 2013

'Brave' nets Oscar for Chapman family

From Staff and Wire Reports

The Academy Awards, also affectionately known as the 'Oscars,' touched Coweta County last night.

"Brave", the story of a rebellious, red-headed princess, took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. The fairy tale from Disney's Pixar studio was co-directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman.

It was Chapman, whose brother Don Chapman is a Coweta County resident, that delivered the local connection as she and Andrews both accepted Oscars.

Chapman, who also wrote the award-winning 'Brave,'  was the first woman to direct a Pixar feature.

"I'm incredibly proud of my sister and what she thought up," Don Chapman said in a pre-Oscar interview with The Newnan Times-Herald last week. "It's amazing to know that she did all of that – and that she is my sister."

"The story is about a girl who is growing up and the relationship she has with her mother. When I was watching it, I saw a lot of my mother in the film. The relationship in the movie is based off the relationship my sister had with her mother."

The end credits for "Brave" include a special credit to Ruby Chapman Brown, Don and Brenda's mother.

Brenda is a native of Carmi, Ill., and presently resides in Mill Valley, Calif. She studied at the California Institute of the Arts and is married to director Kevin Lima.

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