Olaf just got another reason to celebrate summer: 'Frozen Fever' — along with 11 other notable Walt Disney animated shorts — will be available for home viewing during the snowman’s favorite season.
With Big Hero 6, the studio was entering new territory altogether, marking both its first anime-inspired film and the first movie based on Marvel Comics in its nearly 90-year history. A few of those images are included in the Art of Big Hero 6 book, a book worth checking out if you’re enticed by the stills below. Boy-genius Hiro Hamada spends a lot of time building silly inventions before called to duty.
Disney had to walk a fine line promoting its new film, Big Hero 6: Even as the Mouse House touted their latest blockbuster as the first Disney animated movie inspired by a Marvel Comics property, it had to simultaneously work hard to give it the film its own identity as well. If you’re one of the many that saw Big Hero 6 over the weekend —the film finished first at the box office, with $56.2 million — you may be curious about the source material. The original, three issue mini-series in which the characters debuted, Sun Fire and the Big Hero 6 (below), was never collected in any anthology after its publication in 1998, and is unavailable online.
By Linda Ge and Steve Pond The number of submissions paves the way for a full slate of five nominees once again Twenty films have been submitted for the Best Animated Feature category at the 2014 Academy Awards, which should lead the way to a full slate of five nominees for the fourth consecutive year. The category was created for the 2001 Oscars — and for the first 10 years of its existence, it only had five nominees twice, in 2002 and 2009. The eight other years, it had only three nominees.
The first full-length trailer has arrived for Big Hero 6, the computer-animated adventure adapted from a Marvel Comics mini-series. Like the teaser released in May, this new promo focuses on young robotics genius Hiro Hamada and his inflatable robot pal Baymax, who live in the fictional Japanese-American hybrid city. The trailer finds the young protagonists in a police station, where Hiro is trying to describe their chance encounter with a nanobot-wielding criminal mastermind.
A boy’s best friend is his surprisingly squishy robot in this first teaser from Disney’s next animated feature Big Hero 6 (in theaters Nov. 7.) Inspired by the Marvel comic book of the same name, it focuses on a 14-year-old named Hiro Hamada and his faithful, soft-hearted and soft-bodied best pal Baymax. Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams tell Yahoo Movies that the footage is meant to illustrate the movie’s central friendship. “Hiro wants to take the healing, loving, guileless nurse robot and turn it into a mechanized warrior,” says Williams. “That’s sort of the backbone of the film.” [Related: Disney Throws Out the Marvel Rulebook for ‘Big Hero 6’] Disney’s Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter had the Big Hero 6 team do a deep-dive into robotics research where they met with engineers at Carnegie Mellon working in the new field of “soft robotics” made with inflatable vinyl. Hall says developing the mech look took time “because of the sheer amount of robots out there and just trying to get something that felt like the personality of the character.” Williams adds, “A big part of the design challenge is when he puts on the armor you want to feel that he’s a very powerful intimidating presence…at the same time, design-wise he has to relate to the really adorable simple vinyl robot underneath.” While creating a robot with two different looks was one challenge, crafting an entire film that could appeal to both Disney audiences and Marvel comics fans was another.
Big Hero 6 is a superteam in the Marvel Comics universe. They technically first appeared in Sunfire and Big Hero 6 #1 (September 1998), though they were created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in the pages of Alpha Flight, volume 2. That issue sparked interest in a mini-series which Seagle and Rouleau did not have time to create, thus Scott Lobdell and Gus Vasquez were assigned the mini-series. Scheduling issues resulted in the mini-series appearing before Alpha Flight #17, though the Alpha Flight issue was chronologically their first appearance in the Marvel Universe.
Five years after buying Marvel for $4 billion, Walt Disney Pictures will bring the comic book title Big Hero 6 to the screen on Nov. 7 in a full-length animated feature. While the live-action Marvel films have always stayed true to the comic-book universe, Big Hero 6 was free to color outside the lines. “The universe we’re creating is not tied to the Marvel Universe,” Hall says. Hall’s co-director Chris Williams (Bolt) admits that they aren’t expecting the title, which is one of Marvel’s more obscure comic lines, to be a draw in and of itself.
“Saturday Night Live” alum Maya Rudolph has signed on to voice one of the lead roles in Disney’s upcoming animated movie “Big Hero 6,”TheWrap has learned. A representative for Disney did not respond to a request for comment. Don Hall and Chris Williams are co-directing “Big Hero 6,” which has been operating under a cloud of secrecy. Disney hasn’t confirmed any voice cast thus far, though the film is slated to hit theaters on November 7.
Marvel/Disney’s “Big Hero 6”-First Look From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Big Hero 6,” an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.
Marvel Studios must be a great place to work these days. I kind of love that “Big Hero 6” image we’ve got at the top of this story, with Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax sitting on top of a blimp looking down at the foggy San Fransokyo. Whether it’s the fully-animated “Big Hero 6” or the Netflix experiment with “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil,” it’s obvious that Disney is willing to try new things, and no project that they have right now better exemplifies that than James Gunn’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy.” There’s a new image that they’ve released today that gives us a good look at the five main characters in the movie. Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, a character who has some direct ties to the film’s two main villains, Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) and the visually-arresting Nebula (Karen Gillan).