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 »


When it was announced in 2009 that Disney had purchased Marvel, many wondered if the mouse house would adapt any of the superhero stories into animated features. When the deal was announced, CEO Bob Iger mentioned that they “talked about this internally” and that Pixar head John Lasseter had already “talked to the Marvel guys” about possibilities “and they all got excited about it.” Nothing was announced, but Iger concluded saying “We think there’s ultimately some exciting product that come of that. Sparks will fly!”

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