What had been Disney's inspiration in creating Brave and its main character, Merida? Merida is such a breakthrough in the typical princess character,she is so different from what princesses are usually pictured out to be.
The idea was thought of by Brenda Chapman. She got the idea of the story based on something that she and her daughter went through (and also based on their love for fairy tales by Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson). Her daughter and female friend were the inspiration for Merida. Chapman inspired Queen Elinor.