Disney Animation’s John Lasseter Briefly Talks Big Hero 6 And The Possibility Of Star Wars Projects


Disney will be making a lot of big announcements about some of their upcoming projects this weekend at D23. The convention is Disney‘s biennial convention in Anaheim, California. There are rumors that Marvel may make a few surprise announcements they saved for after Comic-Con. While a lot is unknown, we do know that there will be a lot of footage, casting announcements, and new films unveiled over the three day event. Ahead of Friday’s opening ceremonies, EW‘s Anthony Breznican, a true gentleman and scholar, spoke to Disney Animation Studios, Disneytoon Studios, and Pixar big boss John Lasseter for a pregame report.

BIG HERO 6Breznican got the rundown on a lot of upcoming movies like Frozen and The Good Dinosaur, but he also asked about the Marvel project Big Hero Six and if any of Disney‘s most recent acquisition, Star Wars, could make its way over into Lasseter‘s world. When asked about the nature of the Marvel collaboration Big Hero 6, based on the comics featuring a Japanese super team, Lasseter reiterated that it’s a loose adaptation of the source material:

It’s based upon a very short series of comic books and it’s six comic books. They’re out of the Marvel universe, but more of a Japanese manga style. We’re creating something based upon that so it’s really a Disney Animation production. A loose adaptation — like all adaptations are. They almost have to be.

star warsHopefully Big Hero 6 paves the way for more Marvel animated features. I think the dream of a lot of fans is for their to be a giant Pixar animated Marvel film in the vein of The Incredibles. Another more recent thing added to people’s wish lists is an animated Star Wars project. Disney is hard at work on a whole new line of films, so an animated project isn’t out of the question. Lasseter says that if something were to happen, it probably wouldn’t be done in any of Disney‘s animation houses:

Not really, other than Pixar has always used Skywalker Sound for all of our productions. They’re the best so we’ll always continue using them and we’re very good friends. And we always have been with [special effects house Industrial Light and Magic] as well. But other than being friends we have never needed to do anything with them. But we’re also massive Star Wars fans so we’re all very excited, as is everybody around the world, for new Star Wars films.

You can read the full interview, which I highly suggest you do, by clicking here. Breznican asks Lasseter about the lack of hand-drawn features and really presses for answers. Paperman was a hand-drawn short that was a huge hit come awards season. Disney seems to be sticking to jjust shorts with no plans whatsoever in regards to a full-length hand-drawn feature. It’s sad to hear really. What do you think about more Marvel projects? Do you hope they actually do get a Star Wars project going in the near future?

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Source : EW