Big Hero 6 – Introduction
I had the opportunity to spend a day at the Walt Disney Animation Studio to learn about "Big Hero 6". This post is part two of three. The first post looked at the short, “Feast”, that will accompany the film. In this piece I wanted to share an introduction/primer to the Who, What, Where, and When of "Big Hero 6". In the third and final part I will share some factoids and interested pieces of information I learned while at the preview day about what it took to bring Big Hero 6 to the screen.
“Big Hero 6” is Walt Disney Animation Studios 54th feature film. It will be released November 7, 2014. It is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”) and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). Big Hero 6 is inspired by a Marvel comic with the same name. Big Hero 6 is a film about a robotics genius Hiro Hamada who learns to harness his skills. Through a series of events Hiro, Baymax his robot, and four of their friends find themselves in the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in San Fransokyo. Hiro transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes to solve the mystery.
Here is the official trailer that was released on July 15, 2014
Big Hero 6 takes place in San Fransokyo in the not too distant future. As the name suggests San Fransokyo is a combination of San Francisco and Tokyo. Here is some first look footage Disney released back in May of 2013
To illustrate the blending of the two cities here is a piece of concept art showing a bidge in San Fransokyo
Before introducing the cast here is a clip Disney Released featuring Baymax and Hiro.
Who (Meet the Cast):
Voice: Ryan Potter
Notes: 14 year old, robotics prodigy, inspired to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology by his older brother Tadashi
Voice: Scott Adsit
Notes: An inflatable robot designed to be a personal healthcare companion conceieved and built by Tadashi. His goal/purpose is to help people.
Voice: T.J. Miller
Notes: A laid back sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book fanboy
Go Go Tomago
Voice: Jamie Chung
An adrenaline junkie who is tough, athletic,very loyal, and not much of a conversationalist. Her character was inspired by bicycle messengers.
Voice: Genesis Rodriguez
Notes: An optimistic chemistry whiz with a unique fashion sense and can-do attitutde.
Voice: Damon Wayans Jr.
Notes: Is committed to precision, super smart, and has martial arts skills.
Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph) – Hiro and Tadashi’s aunt and guardian. She owns a bakery and coffee shop in San Fransokyo.
Tadashi Hamada (Daniel Henney) – Hiro’s older brother and guide. He created Baymax and looks out for his younger brother.
Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell) – Heads up the robotics program at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.
Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk) – An illustrious alum of San Fransokyo Institute of Technology who is the owner of the biggest technology company in the world.
"Big Hero 6" opening in Theaters on November 7, 2014. Check back soon for Part III of my day at the Walt Disney Animation Studios which will feature some information I learned on the making of the film. If you missed part I a look at the short, "Feast", that will proceed the film you may want to check that out. I will not be reviewing the film in any of the three parts because this was an early preview and we only saw under 30 minutes of footage and it was incomplete, out of sequence, and only enough to give a flavor for the film and for the rest of the day.
This post first appeared on AllEars.net