Everything We Know So Far About 'Big Hero 6,' Disney's First Animated Marvel Movie
Few details have been released so far, but after last week's first trailer, here's what we know.
Last week Disney released the first teaser trailer for Big Hero 6, revealing a huggable-looking giant robot and the boy prodigy who turns him into a superhero. While the teaser was certainly adorable, it didn't reveal much about the nature of the new movie. So what's going on with Big Hero 6? Check out the trailer and let's dive in.
1. It's a Comic Book Adaptation
Big Hero 6 is Disney's first animated film based on a Marvel Comics property since they acquired the company in 2010TK. Specifically, the movie is drawing from the Big Hero 6 mini-series published in 2008, which follows the exploits of the titular teenage superhero team.
2. It's About a Boy Genius, and His Robot
All six of the team's members will be in the movie, but it will focus on Hiro Hamada (Hiro Takachiho in the comics). He's a 13-year-old genius who turns his synthetic, shape-shifting robot Baymax into a superhero. Right now, Baymax's origin is still a little unclear. In the original comic he was created by Hiro, but according to early reports on the movie, Baymax may have been created by Hiro's brother, Tadashi, whose death is the event that sets Hiro and Baymax on the path of superhero-ing.
3. It Takes Place in San Fransokyo
The city's portmanteau should tell you something about the cultural mix Disney is going for here. The original comic was set in Japan, and the 2008 mini-series focused on a team of Japanese teens working in the States. The Disney version has San Fransokyo, which is, visually, a mix between current San Francisco and Tokyo. The Golden Gate Bridge, for instance, has pagoda eaves. The concept art for the cityscape at night looks straight out of Blade Runner.
4. We Know Who Will Be on the Team
Disney is creating its own Big Hero 6 universe, and some of the original characters won't make it into the movie. Sunfire and Silver Samurai were both on the late '90s version of the team, and neither would be allowed into Big Hero 6 because both characters are tied to the X-Men, and Fox has rights to the X-Men characters. But we do know who will be on the team, thanks to some promotional art. We'll detail what each member can do below.
5. Disney Is Betting Big On This
Disney usually schedules its biggest theatrical releases in November. In 2012 it was Wreck-It Ralph, in 2013 it was Frozen, and this year it's Big Hero 6. The Mouse House is likely targeting the same kind of audience that made Ralph an international hit, cashing in on kids who love super heroes and parents who can't take them to see the flood of PG-13 movies in theaters.
Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, has been impressed with Disney's efforts.
"They've really taken the BH6 property, which at the end of the day doesn't have a lot of publishing history behind it, and built an entire world and mythology around it," he told ComicBookResources way back in September. "Being there from the very beginning, the process has been amazing to watch. The amount of research [co-director] Don [Hall] and his crew have done is exhaustive and beyond thorough, and I don't just mean with respect to reading the comics. ... These guys have traveled the globe to make BH6 the very best it can be."
6. The Voice Talent Is Still Mostly Secret
Strangely, Disney still hasn't named its Big Hero 6 cast. We only know three voices so far: Jamie Chung for GoGo Tomago; Maya Rudolph for an unspecified part; and Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller for Fredzilla.