Walt Disney Pictures has released a new TV spot for Big Hero 6 (see above); more importantly, the Mouse House has officially announced the voice cast for the film, having revealed the main character designs and details in the process. For those not familiar, Big Hero 6 is based on the Marvel comic book property, created by Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle; in the Disney-fied version, the BH6 squad is composed of a diverse collection of tech-savvy folk, living in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo (a city where Eastern and Western architecture influences have collided, as you might’ve guessed from the name).
Combining elements of Iron Man with Joss Whedon’s cult favorite Firefly, by the sound of it, the Big Hero 6 movie was co-written and co-directed by Don Hall – an animation veteran who made his feature debut on the Mouse House’s acclaimed 2011 Winnie the Pooh movie, after having spent 15 years serving as a story writer/artist for the studio – with fellow Disney alum Chris Williams (Bolt), having served as Hall’s co-director on the film.
As mentioned before, Disney’s rendition of the Big Hero 6 team features a fittingly eclectic mix of personalities, voiced by such folk young and old(er) as Ryan Potter (Supah Ninjas), T.J. Miller (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Jamie Chung (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Damon Wayans Jr. (Let’s Be Cops), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), and Genesis Rodriguez (The Last Stand). Also lending their voices to the film are Maya Rudolph (The Way, Way Back) as Aunt Cass, James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) as Professor Callaghan, Daniel Henney (Revolution) as Tadashi Hamada, and Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei – making this movie three Disney ‘toons in a row for the fan-favorite actor, following his work on Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen.
Below, we have images and details that offer a sneak peek at the film’s primary characters, who join forces in order to form the crime-fighting organization that is the Big Hero 6. For whatever reason, Disney hasn’t provided additional character information about Honey Lemon (Rodriguez) at this time, though you can still check out the character’s design below.
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Hiro Hamada (Voiced by Ryan Potter): Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada has the mind of a genius-and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond-and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.
Baymax (Voiced by Scott Adsit): Baymax cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and, given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for-he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the Big Hero 6.
Go Go Tomago (Voiced by Jamie Chung): Aptly named Go Go Tomago knows what it takes to be fast. She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with Big Hero 6, she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.
Wasabi (Voiced by Damon Wayans Jr.): Wasabi is committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly beatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of “Big Hero 6,” Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.
Fred (Voiced by T.J. Miller): Fanboy Fred comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places-when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join “Big Hero 6,” and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.
Stylistically, the characters and the sci-fi world of Big Hero 6 in general bears a distinct resemblance to those featured in recent Disney features, despite the relative departure in source material being adapted here. (Honey Lemon, for example, looks a lot like Rapunzel from Tangled, only dressed in a superhero costume). The story by Hall and duo Robert L. Baird and Daniel Gerson (Monsters University), likewise uses certain familiar, tried-and-true Disney movie narrative tropes, by the sound of it.
Having said that, the teaser trailer has a playful and spirited feel that bodes well for the actual movie; it’s also encouraging to see the Mickey Mouse studio branch out into a new realm of pop culture, where it concerns its animation output. So far, Walt Disney Animation Studios (the Walt Disney Feature Animation studio that was renamed back in the mid-2000s) has a solid track record – the odds seem good, when it comes to Big Hero 6 upholding that established level of quality filmmaking.
Big Hero 6 opens in U.S. theaters on November 7th, 2014.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures