Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t the only movie adaptation of a relatively niche sci-fi Marvel comic property due to hit theaters in 2014; a few months after the world meets the likes of Rocket Racoon and Groot, they shall then be introduced to such “high-tech heroes” as “adrenaline junkie” Go Go Tamago, “chemistry whiz” Honey Lemon, and the young “robotics prodigy” Hiro Hamada, who brings them together to form a crime-fighting team, in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6.
The latter is a computer-animated sci-fi adventure loosely based on the Manga-influenced American comic of the same name – created by Man of Action’s Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle – and directed by two seasoned Disney animation vets: Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt). Earlier this week, Disney began to tease the Big Hero 6 teaser trailer‘s arrival; today, via Yahoo! Movies said preview has debuted online, while a teaser poster has likewise appeared online (click the image below for the hi-res version).
The Big Hero 6 teaser poster has clearly (and cleverly) been modeled to resemble the design commonly used for Japanese comic books; judging by the initial trailer footage, though, the actual film is aesthetically closer to past Disney animated takes on the sci-fi genre (Meet the Robinsons) and geek culture (Wreck-It Ralph), rather than being an imitation (of sorts) of Japanese Anime techniques. By comparison, the source comic is a more pronounced hybrid of Eastern and Western graphic novel illustration styles.
That said, the Big Hero 6 movie instead contains other elements that pay respect to the original comic property’s Japanese influences. Besides familiar Manga/Anima character archetypes and plot elements (recalling what last year’s Pacific Rim did), the movie also features a setting that is a literal East-meets-West blend – a city known as San Fransokyo, which mashes together the architecture and culture of San Francisco and Tokyo, naturally.
Hall, who also co-wrote the Big Hero 6 script with Jordan Roberts (3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom), describes the relationship between Hiro and Baymax – seen in the teaser being upgraded from plush robotic nurse to hard-armored robo-warrior (well, at least that’s what Hiro attempts to do) – as the “beating heart” of the movie, so it’s fitting that the pair are the focus of the initial teaser. The boy and his “pet” trope is a bit played out, but there are certainly still ways to make it work nowadays (see: How to Train Your Dragon, for example).
The far-reaching appeal of the Disney animation brand should help Big Hero 6 to find an audience, well beyond the original comics’ fanbase. The film does boast a number of eccentric characters; besides the aforementioned names, there’s “clean freak” Wasabi No-Ginger and “fanboy” Fred (the voice cast has yet to be confirmed). Then again, coming after Guardians of the Galaxy, such Marvel folk might seem less “out there” to your average moviegoer, by comparison. __________________________________________________
Big Hero 6 opens in U.S. theaters on November 7th, 2014. Source: Yahoo! Movies
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