Marvel’s ‘Big Hero 6′ Animated Movie Snags Veteran Disney Filmmakers

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When Disney purchased Marvel back in 2009, speculation soon followed regarding which Marvel property would be the first to get the animated treatment. After all, the Mouse House did release Pixar’s superhero epic The Incredibles just a few years earlier, and the spectacle of Marvel’s vast stable of heroes seemed like a natural fit for the format.

However, despite the inevitability of such a project, some fans were surprised that – of the decades-worth of characters Marvel has created – the studio announced that its first collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios would be Big Hero 6, a 3D computer-animated feature based on the Marvel comic about a team of superheroes recruited by the Japanese government. We’ve already had our first glimpse at the film’s visual style, but now we have an even clearer idea of the creative team behind it all.

According to THR, Chris Williams has joined Big Hero 6 as a co-director, alongside existing director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh). Producer Roy Conli – whose credits include previous Disney releases Tangled, Treasure Planet and The Hunchback of Notre Dame – has also joined the project. Williams, meanwhile, co-directed the studio’s Oscar-nominated 2008 hit Bolt.

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The fact that Disney is expanding its creative team for Big Hero 6 could be viewed as a sign of trouble behind the scenes. However, it could, in fact, be an indicator of just how serious the studio is taking its first big-screen Marvel production. Big Hero 6 only marks Hall’s second directorial effort, and given the film’s responsibility in educating the movie-going masses of the property (not to mention the complexity of creating its mythology), it makes sense for Disney to pull in Williams to help ensure that the project stays on course.

In a way, Big Hero 6 will face a similar challenge to another 2014 Marvel release, namely James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Both films aim to introduce viewers to entirely new superhero teams – neither of which happens to include anyone from The Avengers – and bring a more obscure, ambitious title to life.

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Concept Art from Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Just as Gunn has proven his skill for quirky storytelling with films like Slither and Super, Williams and Hall have years of experience contributing to Disney animated films dating back to late 1990s hits like Mulan and Tarzan. The two together could prove a winning team and help Big Hero 6 become yet another monster Marvel hit.

Do you think that addition of Williams as co-director is a good sign for Big Hero 6? Are you looking forward to Marvel and Disney’s first animated film?


Big Hero 6 is set to hit theaters on November 7, 2014.

Source: THR

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  1. I didn’t think “Mulan” and “Tarzan” were hits for Disney. They did fine i’m sure, but I imagine they underperformed for what Disney was hopimg for. When I think of Disney icons, I certainly don’t think of “Mulan” and “Tarzan”.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but after “Toy Story” came along and performed like Disney films used to, that’s when the game changed and now nearly every Disney animation is CGI. Virtually the death of Disney’s movie cel animation apart from “The Princess and the Frog”, and I don’t think that performed as they hoped either.

    I miss cel animation.

    • @motoko. Mulan and Tarzan were actually pretty sizeable hits. In tarzan’s case it took 450 mil worldwide. That’s a solid Disney number even by todays standards. Tarzan also pioneered the use of 3d rendered backgrounds. Mulan, Hercules and Tarzan mark the end of the Disney Renaissance of the 90′s.. After that the only real hit was lilo and stitch (a great flick but far from typical disney). Treasure Planet, Brother Bear and Home on the Range were the movies that really killed traditional animation. A great shame because 2012′s Winnie The Pooh, while a failure at the box office was a very charming and beautifully animated 2d movie.

      If you’re interested in this subject motoko I highly recommend the Disney animation app. It’s expensive but amazing.

      • I suppose you are right. It’s just some characters become real Disney icons and others are pretty forgetable despite originating from extremely popular classic literature. Maybe it’s my age. Perhaps if I was a kid when “Tarzan” and “Mulan” came out, then I would be viewing them differently.

  2. why can’t they do a title that’s more known. I’ve never heard of them and i don’t know how many people have.

    • That’s why they’re doing it, to turn something little known and make a franchise hit that sells merchandise.

        • I wouldn’t be so sure. Both have different target audiences since there’s a crowd that would go for an animated Disney movie no matter what but wouldn’t necessarily go and see an intelligent flick.

          Not to say they’re dumb, it’s just that some people gravitate towards different movies. I wouldn’t watch a western for example because movies involving cowboys and the Wild West don’t interest me.

          Besides, until they actually release, we can guess but might not be right.

        • @Blade:

          Have you seen the box office returns on big time Sci-Fi movies lately? “Elysiem”, “After Earth”, “Riddick”, and “Ender’s Game” all underperformed. You seen 2013 top 10? “Despicable Me 2″, “Monster’s University” and “Frozen”, all sitting there nice and profitable. Throw in “Turbo”, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″, heck even “Smurfs 2″ all between 72 million to 1120 milion, and maybe we should be saying:

          Interstellar is going up against this???

          Animation is one of the surest bets out there when packaged right. So, by the way, is movies with the “Marvel” brand on them. If “Cap 2″ is a success and “GGuardians of the Galaxy” hits big, this thing is a sure slam dunk during the holiday season of 2014.

          • Excuse me, meant to say all those other animated movies at 112 Million.

            “1120″ million….. not so much.

            Had Smurfs 2 had made that much money, I would have given up all hope on humanity.

      • It’s going to be hard though since they don’t have mutant rights. And sunfire and silver samurai a x-men title…im curious to know how they will work around that


  4. Uhh…all he said was that he had a meeting with WB with regard to a DC property.

    Could be that LOBO may be back on or that he could be MANHUNTER or even CYBORG. I’ve even heard a BLACK ADAM rumor with him.

  5. I’m excited. Not because I ever heard of Big Hero 6, but because I think animated Marvel movies is a brilliant move. More excess-able for kids, and more Superheroes in general.

    • I have been hoping beyond hope they make “Dr. Strange” as an animated film. I just think if you approached it as a PG-13, adult aimed property you can do things AMAZING for the good Doctor in animation.

  6. Having a few 3D animated Marvel/DC movies was my childhood dream. I hope it’s done right.

  7. Actually it’s not a Marvel movie, it’s a full out Disney movie. Other than some people at Marvel helping the production as creative advisers, it’s 100% produced by the Disney company, Marvel has almost nothing to do it with it.

  8. I wish they would go for a Power Pack movie.

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