This weekend, Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 hits theaters, an international spy caper that looks high on whizbang fun — but before that film begins, audiences will get their first peek at the teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar’s next animated feature, Brave, due June 22, 2012. It’s Pixar Animation Studio’s first fairy tale fantasy, and it marks yet another change of pace for the venerable dream factory. “What we want to get across [with the teaser] is that this story has some darker elements,” director Mark Andrews tells EW. “Not to frighten off our Pixar fans — we’ll still have all the comedy and the great characters. But we get a little bit more intense here.”

That feeling is also apparent in the film’s first poster, which you can see in the official first look below. You may notice some mysterious stones in the background of the poster, and that’s on purpose. “Those stones are actually a pretty important set in the film,” says producer Katherine Sarafian. “We can’t say what happens there, but they were inspired by an actual location in Scotland that we visited multiple times during our research. It was a very powerful setting for the kind of things we want to have happen in the story.” Check it out:

For more on Brave, its Scottish setting, and historic heroine, check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands June 24.

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