New Details And Concept Art For Disney And Marvel’s Big Hero 6
Today’s presentation at D23 in Anaheim, California was all about Disney’s upcoming animated projects. Tomorrow promises some news on their live-action fares, but today’s movie line-up featured on that’s of particular interest for people such as ourselves. Disney showed off some footage for their first Marvel Studios project Big Hero 6.
The crowd was treated to a clip showing Hiro, our fourteen year-old hero, and his sidekick robot BayMax (who Bleeding Cool says “has an unusual, inflatable design about a skinny, robotic endoskeleton”). The other heroes of the Japanese super team will include GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Wasabi-No Ginger, and Fred aka Fredzilla. All of the powers our heroes have come from inventions by Hiro. No voice cast announcements were made.
EW had a little more info on the film and its plot. You can read their full rundown of today’s presentation by clicking here, but this is the Big Hero 6 section:
What if a group of genius kids came together to save their city … with a friendly robot in tow? That’s the premise behind Disney’s latest, Big Hero 6. According to Lasseter, it’s “inspired by the culture of Japan but mashed up with the culture of America.” That’s true right down to the name of the city where it takes place — San Frantokoyo.
Director Don Hall knew he wanted to combine his love of Disney animation with his love of comic books, so, of course he was excited to come across Big Hero 6. “It’s an underground Marvel comic about a Japanese superhero,” said Hall, who took the opportunity to create his own universe within a more obscure property. “I wanted a robot who we could fall in love with…a huggable robot,” he said, before introducing the audience to Baymax, a puffy-looking robot whose movements are modeled after baby penguins.
The hero of Big Hero 6, aptly named Hiro, is a 14-year-old tech genius who must assemble his own team when the designs for Micro-bots fall into the hands of a super villain. Armed with mechanical marbles, the team includes Gog, a bike messenger, Wasabi, a sushi chef, Honey Lemon, a glamorous chemist and part-time barista, Fred, a dude who just loves comics, and of course Baymax … repurposed into a warrior.
Shortly after the clip was shown at D23, Walt Disney Studios’ Facebook page posted this new piece of concept art for the film. On top of the blimp we can see a tiny glimpse at Hiro and BayMax. Below the new concept art is a few promotional images show at the Expo (via SuperHeroHype).
And finally, here are a few Twitter reactions from some of the journalists in attendance. Big Hero 6 hits theaters November 2014. What do you think about the latest developments?
We might not get an Incredibles sequel anytime soon but Big Hero 6 will fill this void. looks awesome
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) August 9, 2013
Wow. Disney’s Big Hero 6 footage starts out with voice over saying: “In a world …” #D23Expo
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) August 9, 2013
The lead Robot in Disney’s BIG HERO 6 is modeled after a soft huggable inflatable robot. Walks like a baby penguin. #D23Expo
— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) August 9, 2013