Anytime it’s discovered that Disney has an animated feature in the works, the industry perks up. So it wasn’t a surprise that when the House of Mouse secured a November 2014 release date for their newest film, everyone was wondering what this new venture could be. Seems like we didn’t have to wait very long as Disney not only announced the name of the film but also a first look clip for all to see.
In an announcement with Marvel, Disney unveiled their newest project: ‘Big Hero 6’, a film that is based on the Marvel comics’ superhero team of the same name.
‘Big Hero 6’ is about team state-sanctioned super-heroes that was used by the Japanese government for top secret ops. A group called the Giri would recruit and train the potential superhero operatives for the team which was dubbed Big Hero 6. Mr. Oshima served as the Giri’s spokesperson and coordinated the Big Hero 6’s activities (similar to Nick Fury for the Avengers). Superheroes involved in Big Hero 6 included the Silver Surfer, Honey Lemon, Gogo Tomago, Hiro Takachiho, Baymax, Ebon Samarai and Sunpyre. Together the team saves the city of Tokyo.
‘Big Hero 6’ is really not a well-known Marvel team and came to the pages of comic books when Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau created them as guest superheroes during their run on ‘Alpha Flight’ in 1998. In the 3D animated feature version, the story will focus on Hiro Hamada, a robotics genius who with his mechanical creation, Baymax, join the rookie crime fighting team of Big Hero 6 when they find out about a plot to decimate the city of San Fransokyo. Unfortunately, since the Silver Surfer is still a property of Fox, it is highly unlikely that we’ll be seeing him in the film.
When asked about what they thought about how Disney and scribe Don Hall have brought the characters to life, the creators of ‘Big Hero 6’, Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, had this to say:
Seagle: I love the idea of San Fransokyo. For us, it was set in Japan, and we kept thinking, “We love that, but there’s no way they’re going to do a feature that just picks up and moves a Marvel epic to Japan itself.” Creating a mythical blend of the two cultures perfectly underlines what Duncan was talking about in terms of the way we created the characters. So I thought that was really smart, and the footage looked beautiful.
Rouleau: I saw the clips they’ve been sending out and some of the early development art as well, and I really couldn’t be more excited. I think Don Hall is putting together an incredible team, and it really is going to be very exciting.
You can see what’s got them excited in the preview clip below.
After watching it, let us know what you think!
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Big Hero 6,” an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.
‘Big Hero 6’ is slated to be released on November 7, 2014.