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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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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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 »

From the instant that Disney bought Marvel, fans put two and two together and began to envision a Disney animated Marvel movie. Rumors of something to that end continue to creep up, especially now that Marvel’s live action films have reached such stratospheric heights and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has repeatedly stated that discussions between Disney Animation and Marvel are ongoing.

It seems now the subject of those discussions has been revealed. But it’s not the X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man or one of the popular characters. It’s not even one of the joke characters like Howard the Duck. Rumor has it that director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) is currently developing a Disney animated film based on the Marvel comic book Big Hero 6 aimed at a 2014 release. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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