Big Hero 6 has proven to be another huge success for Walt Disney Animation, grossing (as of this posting) over $600 million worldwide. Following in the footsteps of 2013's Frozen, Big Hero 6 went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, beating out the heavily favored How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Along with the high acclaim the film has earned, interest in a sequel continues to grow. Big Hero 6's concept - that of technologically-powered teens forming a supehero team - lends itself to a franchise, with the promise of more bad guys to fight and adventures to be had.
Yet, as of about three weeks ago, Big Hero 6 directors Chris Williams and Don Hall said they currently had no plans for a sequel. However, don't take that to mean Disney has no plans for Hiro Hamada, Baymax and the rest of the team. Disney is, if anything, a marketing superpower and the company has a knack for striking while the iron is hot. Now that Big Hero 6 is Disney's third highest grossing animated film ever, you better believe the House of Mouse has plans to keep Big Hero 6 in the limelight.
Actress and voice of Big Hero 6's Honey Lemon, Genesis Rodriguez, implied just as much during the press junket for Run All Night - which she stars in alongside Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman - when she told us she's heard "rumblings of something else happening" with Big Hero 6.
Read the full exchange between Genesis Rodriguez and Screen Rant below:
How is it to have your name attached to a now Oscar-winning project?
Genesis: It’s cool. It’s really cool.
Have they lined you up for a sequel or anything yet?
Genesis: There’s rumblings of something else happening. I mean yesterday I just saw that it’s the third most grossing Disney animated feature, so this is huge for them. I doubt that they wouldn’t want to do another one. It was a huge success.
That’s typically the way they work.
Genesis: Right? But they are doing 'Frozen.' So, who knows? Maybe they’ll do something with 'Big Hero 6.'
What do you do with the number? “Big Hero 6.2”?
Genesis: Well, it’s a comic book, so they have so many… It’s a Marvel franchise that Disney adapted. Just like comic books, you could make it a complete different story and the superheroes reunited to attack someone else. So it’s a perfect little setup they got for a sequel if they wanted to.
Rodriguez echoes what so many of us already believe: Disney would be fools not to consider making Big Hero 6 sequels. Yet, they'd be even more foolish to rush a sequel into production simply for the sake of it.
Rodriguez also makes mention of Frozen, and though it seems she's mistakenly referring to a sequel (and there are currently no plans for a Frozen sequel), the film has been given new life with an animated short set to release in front of Cinderella.
Big Hero 6, too, could be further explored in such a format, and with no plans for a sequel, it only makes sense for Disney to turn to animated shorts to keep the film and its characters in the public consciousness. Plus, a Big Hero 6 short would definitely need newly recorded dialogue, which could very well be the sort of work Rodriguez is hearing "rumblings" of.
What do you think? Would you like to see a sequel to Big Hero 6? How about seeing the team again first in animated short films? Drop us a line in the comments below!
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more on a Big Hero 6 sequel as it develops. And see Genesis Rodriguez in Run All Night when it opens Friday, March 13th.