Big Hero 6 (film)

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Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 (film) poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Don Hall
Chris Williams
Produced by Roy Conli[1]
Written by Don Hall
Jordan Roberts[2]
Based on Big Hero 6 by
Steven T. Seagle
Duncan Rouleau
Starring Ryan Potter
Scott Adsit
Jamie Chung
Damon Wayans, Jr.
Génesis Rodríguez
T. J. Miller
Maya Rudolph
Music by Henry Jackman[3]
Production
  company
Walt Disney Pictures[4][5]
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
Country United States
Language English

Big Hero 6 is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated superhero-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.[6] The film will be directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and will be the 54th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Big Hero 6 will be the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel characters since The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009.[7] The film will be released on November 7, 2014[5] by Walt Disney Pictures.[4]

Plot[edit]

Set in a fictional metropolis called San Fransokyo (a portmanteau of San Francisco and Tokyo), a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax uncover a criminal plot and pull together a team of inexperienced crime-fighters,[8] including Wasabi, Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago, and Fred[9] to solve the mystery surrounding the crime.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After Disney's acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009, CEO Bob Iger encouraged the company's divisions to explore Marvel's properties for adaptation concepts.[15] While co-directing Winnie the Pooh, director Don Hall chose Big Hero 6 from Marvel's library and later pitched the concept to John Lasseter in 2011, as a possible production for Walt Disney Animation Studios.[5] In June 2012, Disney confirmed that Walt Disney Animation Studios was adapting Marvel Comics' series and that the film was commissioned into early stages of development.[16][17] While both Sunfire and Silver Samurai were members of the team in the comic, they will not appear in the film due to 20th Century Fox holding the film rights to the characters as part of the X-Men franchise.[18]

Big Hero 6 will be produced solely by Walt Disney Animation Studios,[19] although several members of Marvel's creative team will be involved in the film's production including Joe Quesada, Marvel's chief creative officer.[20] Regarding the film's story, Quesada stated, "The relationship between Hiro and his robot has a very Disney flavor to it...but it’s combined with these Marvel heroic arcs."[5] The production team decided early on not to connect the film to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and set it in a stand-alone universe instead.[21]

In terms of the film's animation style and settings, the film will combine Eastern world culture (predominantly Japanese) with Western world culture.[22] In May 2013, Disney released concept art and rendered footage of San Fransokyo from the film.[23] On December 31, 2013, it was reported that Chris Williams had joined Hall as director, while Roy Conli had replaced Kristina Reed as producer.[1]

In researching robotics, the film's team consulted with engineers at Carnegie Mellon University who were working in the new field of "soft robotics" using inflatable vinyl. Hall stated that the technology "will have potential probably in the medical industry in the future, making robots that are very pliable and gentle and not going to hurt people when they pick them up." In terms of Baymax's design, Hall mentioned that the look of the mechanical armor took some time "because of the sheer amount of robots out there and just trying to get something that felt like the personality of the character." Co-director Williams stated "A big part of the design challenge is when he puts on the armor you want to feel that he’s a very powerful intimidating presence...at the same time, design-wise he has to relate to the really adorable simple vinyl robot underneath."[24]

San Fransokyo, the futuristic mashup of San Fransisco and Tokyo was described by Hall as "an alternate version of San Francisco. Most of the technology is advanced, but much of it feels retro ... Where Hiro lives, it feels like the Haight. I love the Painted Ladies. We gave them a Japanese makeover; we put a cafe on the bottom of one. They live above a coffee shop." According to production designer Paul Felix "The topography is exaggerated because what we do is caricature, I think the hills are 11/2 times exaggerated. I don’t think you could really walk up them ... When you get to the downtown area, that’s when you get the most Tokyo-fied, that pure, layered, dense kind of feeling of the commercial district there. When you get out of there, it becomes more San Francisco with the Japanese aesthetic. ... (It’s a bit like) 'Blade Runner,’ but contained to a few square blocks. You see the skyscrapers contrasted with the hills."[25]

Release[edit]

Big Hero 6 will premiere on October 23, 2014 as the opening film at the Tokyo International Film Festival.[26] It will be theatrically released in the United States on November 7, 2014.[5] Theatrically, the film will be accompanied by the Walt Disney Animation Studios short, Feast.[27]

Video game[edit]

A video game based on the film will be released on October 28, 2014 for Nintendo 3DS and developed by GameMill Entertainment.[28] Baymax and Hiro from the film will also be available in the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes video game.[29][30]

Merchandise[edit]

Vinyl toy company Funko released the first images of the Big Hero 6 toy figures via their Big Hero 6 Funko.[31] POP Vinyl series collection featuring Hiro Hamada, Go go Tomago, Honey Lemon, Wasabi No-Ginger, 6 inch Baymax and Fred.

Other media[edit]

A Japanese manga adaptation of Big Hero 6 (which is titled Baymax (ベイマックス Beimakkusu?) in Japan), illustrated by Haruki Ueno, will begin serialization in Kodansha's Magazine Special from August 20, 2014. A prologue chapter was published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine on August 6, 2014.[32] According to the film's official Japanese website, the manga will reveal plot details in Japan before anywhere else in the world, and it is the first time a Disney animated film has been adapted into a Japanese manga.[33] The website also quoted the film's co-director Don Hall, to whom it referred as a manga fan, as saying that the film was Japanese-inspired.[33]

References[edit]

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