Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) has been working on Disney’s animated Marvel adaptation Big Hero 6 since mid-2012 or so, but as 2013 draws to a close he’s calling in some additional help. Chris Williams (Bolt) has just boarded the film as to co-direct alongside Hall.
Meanwhile, there are some changes on the producing side as well. Roy Conli (Tangled) has just signed on, as Kristina Reed (Kung Fu Panda) has apparently dropped out. Hit the jump for more details.
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The movies of 2013 were great and we’re all anxiously anticipating 2015, but let’s not overlook 2014. While the upcoming calendar isn’t packed as full of blockbusters that make film fans salivate, 2014 has some pretty awesome looking movies from several of the best filmmakers in the world. It has its share of massive franchise films too and while maybe they’re not Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Terminator or Batman fighting Superman, I’ll take Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson, Cameron Crowe, Wes Anderson, the Wachowksis and David Fincher any day.
Below, read my top ten anticipated films of 2014. Read More »
This weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney released a bunch of new images and concept art images for upcoming Disney Animation and Pixar film productions including: the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, the Planes sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, the Toy Story television Special Toy Story of Terror, two original projects from Pixar: Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, Walt Disney Animation’s Marvel comic book adaptation Big Hero 6, Frozen, the Disney Toons Tinkerbell spin-off/Captain Hook prequel The Pirate Fairy, and the Mickey Mouse short film Get A Horse! We’ve posted some of these images and photos in news stories from the convention, but they are all collected together in an image gallery after the jump.
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Yesterday at the D23 Expo, Disney held a huge panel presenting information and footage from the company’s next few years of animated film projects. You can read about most of the news breaks elsewhere on the site. After the presentation, I got together with Germain Lussier to record a video blog giving our reactions to the main footage presentations: Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6, Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. Watch that video blog embedded after the jump.
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The first Marvel/Disney animated feature film is coming in 2014. It’s called Big Hero 6, directed by Don Hall, and tells the story of a 14-year-old genius name Hiro who lives in a city that’s blend of San Francisco and Tokyo: San Fransokyo. When one of his new technologies, Microbots, is stolen by a super villain, Hiro decides to build a team of superheroes to stop them. This team, however, will utilize the skills of regular people in his life: his barista, a bike messenger, a sushi chef and a comic book nerd.
Big Hero 6 hits theaters November 7, 2014 but Hall showed up at the D23 Expo 2013 to premiere some new images, footage and more from the first ever Marvel Disney feature collaboration. Read More »
While walking to the D23 Expo Imagineering pavilion for the Thursday night press preview, I came across a small booth advertising Disney Animation’s big screen adaptation of Marvel Comic’s Big Hero 6. We haven’t seen much from the Don Hall-directed November 2014 release, but we’re expected to see some footage at Disney’s Animation panel on Friday morning (check back for a reaction later in the day). In May we were given a sneak peek into the world of the movie with a piece of concept art and mood video revealing the film’s location San Fransokyo. The booth on the D23 show floor doesn’t show us much more, but does give us a look at the silhouettes of the film’s Big Hero 6 superhero team. Check out photos of that art, after the jump.
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Tomorrow Disney kicks off its own private fan/press event, D23, which takes place every two years. There will be many new materials revealed from a variety of Disney projects, from Frozen and Big Hero 6 to the Pixar films The Good Dinosaur, Inside/Out from Up director Pete Docter, and Finding Dory from Andrew Stanton. The new Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse will be shown off, and then on Saturday there’ll probably be something from that little Star Wars project.
John Lasseter is talking about the animated side of Disney today in advance of the presentations tomorrow, and you can get some of his big statements below. Read More »
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Many people assumed that we would eventually see some animated result from Disney’s purchase of Marvel, and now the first project is out in the open. It is not a Marvel/Pixar crossover, however, and Disney has taken the approach of adapting a fairly obscure Marvel property.
Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau were responsible for the 1998 series Big Hero 6, a Tokyo-set story about government-sanctioned heroes, specifically “a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his robot companion BayMax, who join a team of superheroes in a high-tech city called San Fransokyo.” Director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) found the series and pitched it to John Lasseter, and he’s been directing a CG-animated film at Walt Disney Animation Studios, which will be released on November 7 2014. Read More »