Big Hero 6 Behind the Scenes

The best Disney animated films suck you into their world. You lock in and follow the characters on a journey without ever thinking of what went into it. That’s the magic not only of Disney, but film in general.

What sets animation apart is the absolutely insane detail and years of work that go into each film. Near decades can pass in which stories are written, ripped apart and written again. Tens of thousands of miles are travelled to research the tiniest visual elements. Millions and millions of animated frames, passed between departments, all come together until you have something like Big Hero 6.

Earlier this summer, a group of journalists was invited to Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, CA to learn about the impressive process that went into their latest film. Big Hero 6 is based on, but not linked to, a Marvel comic book of the same name. That makes it the first Disney animated Marvel movie. While the comic and film share very little in common two things they do share are the focus on action and emotion.

In Big Hero 6, a young boy and a soft robot team up with a group of friends to become a superhero team. Over the course of several hours, we were taken around the studio to watch footage, learn about the design of the film, the writing process, animation and much more. Below, we’ll take you on that tour with us – complete with lots of photos – so you can learn all about what Disney has in store come November 7. And, most importantly, how much work went into it. Read More »

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Big Hero 6 trailer

As if Disney Animation weren’t doing well enough already, this fall sees them joining forces with Marvel for the very first time. Big Hero 6 tells the story of young robotics prodigy Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter), who assembles a ragtag team of superheroes to save his town of San Fransokyo.

The first trailer was basically just a clip, showing Hiro trying to squeeze his puffy robot pal Baymax into an Iron Man-style suit. But today, we have a new Big Hero 6 trailer that teases a little more of the action that awaits — including a brief glimpse of the villain. Check it out after the jump.

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Big Hero 6 trailer

2014 has already seen the premieres of two Marvel adaptations, with a third on the way this weekend and a fourth arriving later this summer. Today, we have a new look at yet another one, which premieres this fall. But this one’s a little different from all the others.

Big Hero 6 isn’t a live-action CG spectacle, but an animated movie — the first animated Marvel feature film from Disney, in fact. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, it centers on a young robotics prodigy who builds his own superhero team to try and save his futuristic hometown of San Fransokyo. The first Big Hero 6 trailer has finally arrived, and you can see it after the jump.

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BIG HERO 6 TJ Miller

T.J. Miller is going to be a Marvel superhero — sort of. The Cloverfield star has boarded the voice cast of Big Hero 6, becoming the first actor to do so.

The animated feature hasn’t gotten much buzz yet, but it should be attracting some attention soon. Not only does it sound very promising, it’s Disney’s first-ever Marvel animated adaptation. Hit the jump to find out whom he’ll be playing.

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BIG HERO 6

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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Some movies are born easily: they represent a whole bunch of factors like script, talent and money that happen to be in the same place at the same time. Others aren’t born so easily, and lurch towards screens in fits and starts. Case in point: Disney’s animated adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story, King of the Elves, and Sony’s attempt to make a new movie out of the ’80s toy line and cartoon Masters of the Universe.

Both films might be picking up steam again, however, after falling off the radar for a while. Read More »

Bolt Teaser Poster

I hear that the teaser trailer for Bolt will probably be attached to Pixar’s WALL-E, which hits theaters next week. Disney has just released the first theatrical teaser poster (as opposed to the teaser poster which has been on display at Disneyland) for the movie, which makes this that much more likely. But before you see the teaser trailer, lets take a look back at the project’s troubled history.

Originally titled American Dog, Chris Sanders was attached to write and direct. But Sander’s vison of the animated movie was a little “too bold”. His early concepts featured a one-eyed cat and an oversized radioactive rabbit (see the publicly released concept art below). Disney was supposedly looking for something a bit more “mainstream”. Funny, considering that Sanders is responsible for Disney’s last popular non-Pixar character/movie, Lilo & Stitch. Sanders was replaced by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, and the film was rewritten and retitled Bolt.

american dog

American Dog

And this is what Bolt looks like…

Bolt

Bolt

One must remember that Brad Bird replaced Jan Pinkava on Ratatouille, which was went through rewrites, and look how that turned out. But on the other hand, Ratatouille had Brad Bird, Bolt has Chris Williams, who was a writer on Mulan and The Emperor’s New Groove, and Byron Howard, who was a Supervising Animator on Chicken Little and Brother Bear. The characters look very generic, at least at first glance. Also, the casting of Miley Cyrus doesn’t instill confidence (click here to watch Miley explain her character and see a bit of unfinished footage from the film). I’m very interested to see the teaser trailer. With John Lasseter in charge as Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation, you have to put a little faith in the decision to take the project in a totally different direction.

Bolt Logo

The official plot synopsis follows: For super-dog Bolt (voiced by John Travolta), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue – at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the canine star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet – a cross-country journey through the real world. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and with the help of two unlikely traveling companions – a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voiced by Susie Essman), and TV-obsessed hamster in a plastic ball named Rhino – Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero. Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) brings her vocal talents to the role of Penny, Bolt’s human co-star on the television series.

Bolt will hit theaters on November 26th, 2008 in Disney Digital 3-D™.

contributing sources: IMPAwards, blogspot, AICN, Animation Nation

Prince of Persia

Thanks to the recent Disney Investor Relations release, we have new logo and production art for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Toy Story 3, Wall-E, and Ratatouille. Check it out below. As always, left click for a higher res version.

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