I actually just looked this up and found out some interesting things.

Young MacGuffin speaks in a North East Doric dialect which obviously is hard to understand. Originally he was going to just speak gibberish but his voice actor, Kevin McKidd, suggested he try a few lines in Doric and Pixar loved it and kept it. Found a couple translations too, but only one of them applies to this gif set and that’s the third one after Merida gave her speech about letting them choose who they marry:

It’s just not fair making us fight for the hand of a girl who doesn’t want anything to do with it. You know?


this changes everything

ALL of the things.


fairandfinn asked:

Do you have any advice for creating fantasy monsters from scratch?

characterandwritinghelp answered:

There is a lot to consider. Think about:

  • Where do they come from? What is their origin story? Are they a magical species, or a nonmagical creation? Were they brought to life in a lab? Did they evolve from something we might recognize?
  • What is their folklore? If they have been around for a long time, your monsters may be an entrenched part of your world’s folklore and mythology. What are the stories mothers tell their children about these monsters? Are there legends surrounding them?
  • Where do they live? If your monster was going to be featured in a zoo, what would they need to be happy? What is their habitat like?
  • How intelligent are they? How do they communicate? Do they have a language of their own? Do they have a form of government, or do they work on a pack/hivemind mentality? Do they use a spoken language/vocal cues, body language/visual cues, scent marking/smell cues, etc.?
  • What do they eat? How do they get it? Are they hunters, gatherers, foragers, scavengers, etc.?
  • How has the monster species changed and evolved since it was first created/discovered? Are there subspecies within the broader classification of [monster]?
  • Can they be domesticated? Why/why not? What do humans use them for? Can they be kept as pets, companions, hunting aids, guards, etc.?
  • What do they look like? Feathers? Fur? Skin? Scales? Something else? Are there regional/subspecies/other varieties that vary from the “normal” look?
  • How does it behave? Does it act differently around humans than it does around animals or other monsters? Is there a family dynamic? What does courting/mating/etc. look like? For that matter…
  • What about babies? Do they reproduce quickly with lots of offspring per birth, or do they reproduce slowly?
  • How about predators? Are they low on the food chain, or do they rule the roost? How do they fight off/avoid predators?
  • How do they get sick? Are they especially immune or susceptible to certain illnesses? Is there a disease that only these monsters can contract? Can it spread to other species?

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