Back in summer of 2012, Disney and Marvel announced that their first animated feature film would be based on ‘Big Hero 6’, an action comedy about a robotic prodigy and his creation joining a superteam assembled to keep the city of San Fransokyo safe from evil villains. At the most recent D23 Expo, the studio unveiled the first footage from the film and somewhat of a first look at the team comprised of Hiro Hamada, Baymax, Gogo, Honey Lemon, Fred, and Wasabi No Ginger. Since then, director Don Hall has been hard at work putting together this collaboration between the House of Ideas and the House of Mouse, but now it appears that another director has joined the project to help carry the load.
Chris Williams has joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios production as the co-director alongside Hall. Williams is best known for his work on the Oscar nominated animated film ‘Bolt’ from 2008, but he also has writing credits on ‘Mulan’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’. He even lends his voice to the character of Oaken in one of my favorite films of 2013, ‘Frozen’.
Additionally, Roy Conli has been welcomed aboard to produce the film with previously announced producer Kristina Reed. Conli has also produced 2002’s underrated ‘Treasure Planet’ and 2010’s smash hit ‘Tangled’ for Disney.
Currently, there is no explanation as to why a co-director needed to be brought on, but it should cause no alarm to ‘Big Hero 6’ fans out there. It’s not unlikely for animated movies to have more than one director since there are so many cogs turning all at once. So until we hear otherwise, it’s smooth sailing for the first original animated Marvel project released by Disney.
While the ball continues to roll on ‘Big Hero 6’, here’s a more official description of what to expect from the film:
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.
‘Big Hero 6’ is scheduled to hit theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter