First Look at Disney/Marvel’s Animated Movie ‘Big Hero 6′; Set for 2014 Release Date

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Disney and Marvel threw everyone a curveball, when the studios announced that their first 3D animated project is an adaptation of the Big Hero 6 comic book series. The property was created by Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, back in 1998, and it revolves around a team of superheroes/superhuman operatives that is assembled (and sanctioned) by the Japanese government; it’s now slated to hit the big screen in November of 2014.

Previous members of the Big Hero 6 organization, in comic book form that is, have included the (ex-)bodyguard to X-Men/Avengers foe Madame Hydra/Viper, the Silver Samurai (both of those characters will appear in The Wolverine), former X-Men team member Sunfire, and the nano-tech inventor Honey Lemon. No surprise, though, the movie version will be told from the perspective of the team’s youngest member, the 13-year old Hiro, and his robotic creation, Baymax.

Have a look at the official synopsis for Disney/Marvel’s Big Hero 6 movie:

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.

In addition to the video above, we have concept art that depicts San Fransokyo:


The San Fransokyo setting was created specifically for the film (the comic book primarily takes place in Tokyo), and it blends together the elements of Tokyo and San Francisco. Rouleau and Seagle’s original comics were meant to be an homage to Japanese culture and manga tradition, so the intent with the movie adaptation – according to director Don Hall (who co-directed the theatrically-released Winnie the Pooh feature in 2011) – is to honor the comic’s original spirit, but also bring something new and innovative to the 3D animation interpretation.

Hall pitched the Big Hero 6 animated feature to Disney Animation’s chief creative officer John Lasseter – who is an outspoken fan of Japanese animation, especially the work of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) – and explained why he was even interested in the relatively unknown comic book to begin with, in an interview with Hero Complex:

“I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would mesh well with what we do. The idea of a kid and a robot story with a strong brother element, it’s very Disney. [On the San Fransokyo setting:] Marvel properties take place in the real world. We were looking for something to do where we could make our own world — bring in the Japanese influences, have recognizable landmarks mashed up with a Japanese aesthetic.”

 First Look at Disney/Marvels Animated Movie Big Hero 6; Set for 2014 Release Date

Big Hero 6 will be one of the rare occasions where Disney animators venture into full-blown science-fiction genre territory on a 3D movie (outside of Meet the Robinsons which, appropriately, Hall co-wrote). The kid and robot plot elements are familiar, but the world design and overall intriguing aesthetic is unusual for Western animated fare. Likewise, Hall’s past work suggests this could make for a special (and quite memorable) addition to the Disney animation pantheon.

Of course, once Big Hero 6 releases in Fall 2014 – after Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters next summer – we’ll know for certain whether or not these niche, sci-fi comic book properties are something that mainstream audiences are willing to go for (or if they’re too far out there, which prevents them from bringing in Iron Man, Captain America and Thor-sized box office returns).

Similarly, the financial success – or lack thereof – on both of these films could have an impact, where it concerns progress on potential Marvel Phase 3 releases – such as the Doctor Strange live-action movie that Marvel President Kevin Feige keeps mentioning – so that’s another reason to keep an eye out and see what the final result is with the animated Big Hero 6 adaptation.


Big Hero 6 opens in 2D/3D (U.S.) theaters on November 7th, 2014.

Source: LA Times

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  1. Interesting, i thought Disney and Marvel weren’t going work on a cartoon / animation anytime soon, this could be cool.

  2. I dont think it looks that great. If you want top quality animation you take or get Katsuhiro Otomo as a director. Akira backgrounds and animation are still to this day better then anything disney could ever produce. Akira was the first animated film to use colors other then blues for night time vistas.

    • That was also decades ago when eastern animation studios actually had dignity. You’re not gonna get the same quality out of those same people now. You never will.

      • Actually Steamboy, Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (to name a few) have pretty amazing backgrounds… And I’m not even talking about the latest Evangelion films.

      • I’m sorry, but there is plenty of great Anime out there nowadays. You’ve just gotta get through the regular stuff. Remember, when “Akira” hit the western world, there wasn’t much Anime for westerners to choose from.

        My Personal favourite is “Tekkonkinkreet”, but many Studio Ghibli films rival “Akira” in terms of pure art. Production I.G. stuff is always really good. The standard of many Anime series is very high quality and really puts much of the wests television animation to shame.

        Besides, as great as “Akira” the animated movie is, it really does pale in comparison to the “Akira” manga. The movie does have that old skool anime cool though.

        • The illustration and animation style in Tekkonkinkreet is fantastic. Love that movie!

        • Wasn’t ‘Interception (2009)movie’ based from a Japanese Anime?

    • +1

  3. This film is coming out in the same date as Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. This will probably be in second place at the box office. Who knows.

    • Interstellar is directed towards a different audience, and they change release dates all the time. But if they end up close to the dates when they release into theaters, then Big Hero 6 will have to settle for a strong second place like you said.

      I’m excited for both movies, I can’t wait to see them.

  4. A Marvel animated feature will show how an X-Men/mutant related movie is properly done.

    This is cool, and I didn’t see it coming.

    • Oh, haven’t you heard? Fox has a fairly successful series of X-Men movies out already, with more to come. Might I suggest X-Men or X2 for your viewing? Even X-Men: First Class? All excellent movies featuring mutants.

      • To be honest, the x-men series is decent, but has many flaws and is far from perfection. While X-men and X2 were watchable films they were plagued by the one person narrative style . X-men is a movie about a team, not just a loner Wolverine who is trying to fit into new surrounds and learning to become a team player. So many characters were miss used and were practically cameos to give more screen time to Jackman. X3 is just terrible and although X-men first class had a great approach and was really refreshing, the flaws in continuity still make the franchise look sloppy. Marvel has been very organized and done the properties they still have justice and I look forward to seeing this film when it comes out.

        • ^This

  5. We need something for the mature audiences too, it seems like everything is marketed to kids nowadays.

    • +1

    • Somehow I feel like those studios are afraid to produce animation for a mature audience. Animation for mature audiences is very common in Japan, France etc.

      • They don’t want to accidentally direct it to the wrong audience. It’s like nowadays every animated movie is for a child or the entire family. Studios don’t want to slip up with a film getting complaints from mainstream audiences complaining that, “this movie isn’t for kids, don’t watch it”.

        Not everyone reads the labels…

      • Well it’s also that most studios fear they won’t make money by making animation films for adults. However usually films produced by Pixar, Dreamworks, etc. include adult themes and are made for general audiences to gain back the money they spent on the films. That being said I would like to see some more adult animation done in the states.

    • sooooooo, the almost 20 or so live action movies in the last deacade or so havent been “mature” enough for you….

      • So basically animation is for kids and live action is for mature audiences?
        Animation is a medium like live action, not a genre. You have live action for kids and live action for adults. You also have animation for kids and animation for adults.
        Go watch Akira and we’ll talk after.

        • I met marvel movies obviously, do you still need me to simplify it for you?

        • Why even argue? In 2009, when Disney purchased Marvel, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that the interest in that purchase was done to target boys. At that time Disney had been focusing more on girl friendly franchises, however he did say that Marvel would remain being Marvel by it’s comics, stories, etc. So basically we already knew what we we’re gonna get. So far Disney has done a pretty damn good job with Marvel so I have faith in this movie. I actually heard about Big Hero 6 being adapted into an animated movie (wasn’t sure if it was going to be in the traditional hand-drawn animation scheme or in CGI at the time) over a year ago at BlueSky Disney, the most trusted site for Disney news!

  6. If any of these movies fail, it will be because they were done badly. Not because of “the idea of it”. Marvel has done well to cement their brand in the movie industry. If their movies stop making money, it will only be because they get lazy.

    • Or it could fail due to the fact its released on the same day as Nolan’s Intersteller which should make big money.

  7. Hiro Hamada? Who comes up with that name?

  8. WTF was that?!

    That was horrible.
    Oh, a shot of a city… real revealing..


    • Give it a year.

      • If they’re gonna show footage, show something worth showing, not an overcast of a digital city.

        It was stupid, come on dude.

  9. I hope they go for a more mature style of animation, something more along the lines of Final Fantasy. (I still think Ender’s Game should have gone this route. You could still have kids without child actors.)

  10. Only concept art people. The images don’t speak for what the final product will be. We’re still a year and a half out on this release.

    • Why would they waste people’s time with this 30 second clip? Isn’t a poster good enough?

      This clip shows N.O.T.H.I.N.G.

      • It’s giving us an insight look at the setting where the film takes place in. Being that it won’t be in it’s Tokyo environment like in the comics, it was smart for Disney to showcase this clip. Mainly, for it’s audience to get familiarized with “San Fransokyo” therefore getting its audience to take interest in Big Hero 6.

        As far as your ranting goes, your ranting for nothing.

  11. Yes, please. Bring us more superhero 3d animated films. Deadpool, Daredevil, Punisher, Blade, Ghost Rider, bring them all. Try to make them as mature as possible. Except “The Incredibles”, i am yet to see a quality 3d animated superhero film.

  12. I’m extremely happy that Marvel/Disney decided to make some animated movies. I hope the trend continues. They can’t include everything in the MCU, but they could make kick-ass animated movies!

    I’m also happy with the anime influence, because I love those.

    Can’t wait to see this and hope it’s the start of many more animated movies to come from Disney/Marvel :D

  13. Hummm, I thought Disney was going to stay away from Superhero movies so they wouldn’t compete with Marvel but this kind of contradicts that theory.

    I have to ask then WHY are they not willing to make an Incredibles sequel???!