Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Big Hero 6 Behind the Scenes: Directors and Producer
The final stop on our tour was a chat with directors Don Hall and Chris Williams as well as producer Roy Conli. I got an exclusive 1:2 interview with the directors later in the day, so check back for that, but here are some highlights that I didn’t talk about in that interview.
Hall was asked by John Lasseter to start looking at Marvel Comics for a Disney animation movie and the title Big Hero 6 roped him in. He liked the idea of the tone, the core relationship of a boy and his robot and its grounding in pop culture. Marvel then encouraged Hall to take the property and do whatever he wanted with it. He was allowed to make it his own, which was pretty liberating for the whole team. Marvel did, however, keep an eye on the film throughout development and president Joe Queseda regularly showed up at the aforementioned screenings to give feedback.
They describe the result as a very specific origin story with two thirds of the movie being the characters and team finding their way and learning their roles. However, don’t bet that a sequel will happen. While Hall and Williams said they’d be open to it, they haven’t thought about it at all and the story would have to be just as good, if not better, than this for Disney to move forward.
The cast was a big talking point too. It includes Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller ,Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph and James Cromwell among others in what is a very multicultural cast both on screen and behind it. That was the idea from day one. This would be a team that everyone could relate to.
Also, the casting becomes a big part of the story process because they’re brought in about halfway through production. That means lots of little changes and ad libs can be made depending on what each individual actor brings to the role.
Big Hero 6 Behind the Scenes: Conclusion
A visit to Disney Animation is always special, but it’s even cooler when it’s for their first foray into Marvel superheroes. Below, we’ve included a few other images from the building to give you a sense of the day. And check back in the coming weeks for our exclusives interviews with the writers and directors.
Big Hero 6 opens November 7.