Disney XD has premiered an extended look at Big Hero 6: The Series, and also revealed the month in which it will premiere. Big Hero 6 hit theaters back in 2014, and proved to be an infectiously fun movie with a very big heart. It was also a big hit for Disney, grossing over $650 million worldwide and winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Not bad for a kids movie based on a relatively obscure Marvel comic book series.
Instead of a big screen sequel, Disney has produced Big Hero 6: The Series, set to air on Disney XD this Fall. The animated series reunites nearly all of the original movie's voice cast (with the exceptions of Damon Wayans Jr. and T.J. Miller), and will follow the Big Hero 6 on their heroic adventures in and around San Fransokyo. Honey Lemon, Go Go, Wasabi, and Fred are all back in a new extended look at the show, but of course, all we really want to know is whether Baymax is still adorable, and whether Hiro is still close by his side. (Hint: yes, to both.)
The animation in the Big Hero 6 series (see the clip above) differs a bit from the original movie; budget constraints dictate that, of course, but even so, the heart of Big Hero 6 is retained. There's the dry humor, the calamitous events, and Baymax in the middle of it all, trying to be helpful. The animation is certainly reminiscent of another hit Disney series, Kim Possible; hardly a surprise given that its creators (Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley) have also been heavily involved in the creation of Big Hero 6: The Series.
While some fans might be disappointed in the lack of a big screen sequel, Big Hero 6: The Series actually offers so much more to fans of the franchise. At the end of the movie, the 6 had just formed, and Hiro was about to embark upon his life as a full time student at the Robotics Institute. Bringing the franchise to TV allows fans to see the group on many varied adventures, as well as getting a good glimpse at both Hiro's academic and home lives (does Baymax go with him to class?).
With Disney XD's age range being 6-14, Big Hero 6: The Series seems perfectly pitched. In fact, the network has such faith in it that it's renewed the show for a second season before the first one has even come to air. The show is also something that will appeal to everyone regardless of gender, with plenty of strong - and individual - female characters. Baymax is the perfect role model for teaching about caring for others, while Hiro's struggles with life as he grows up, are easy for a young audience to relate to. With the addition of both DuckTales and Big Hero 6: The Series to Disney XD this year, along with an already impressive slate, the channel really is becoming one to watch.
Big Hero 6: The Series arrives on Disney XD in November.
Source: Disney XD