Academy to Present a Deconstruction of ‘Big Hero 6′


The creative team behind Disney’s Academy Award-winning film Big Hero 6, including directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, will appear at an event next month about the film presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hosted by Academy governor (and Fern Gully director) Bill Kroyer, “Deconstructing Big Hero 6” will explore both the creative inspiration and technological challenges of the movie, with film sequences, “making-of” clips, and a panel discussion.

Hall and Williams will be joined onstage by producer Roy Conli, visual effects supervisor Kyle Odermatt, head of animation Zach Parrish, and director of cinematography lighting Adolph Lusinsky.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30pm at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater (8949 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, California). Tickets, which cost $5 general admission or $3 for students/Academy members, are still available on the Academy website, though probably not for long.

  • RCooke

    Neat. What a terrible shame they’re not including the primary person (and his art and visual effects team) who designed and supervised the entire visual take on the film–the best thing about the film–production designer Paul Felix. Without his influence, the film wouldn’t look as good as it does. His and his team’s work in the Art Of Big Hero 6 book is amazing. What a shame it wasn’t recognized a the Oscars or the annies.

  • jam

    Who know that the longest toy commercial in the history deserved a “deconstruction” session

    • Tim Tran

      um you obviously havent seen Toy Story. or Lego Movie. or Avengers.
      besides, if the toy commercial is a good film, then who cares. it still wont beat Frozen in terms of merchandise.

      • jam

        Um, none of these movies got a special “deconstruction” session AT THE ACADEMY

    • aquapyro

      I’m sorry to inform you that the Lego Movie isn’t getting this session. Hey you like Batman, Star Wars, Ninja Turtles, NBA All Stars, Ninjago, Pirates, Secret Agents, Jurassic World, Knights Kingdom, DC Superheroes, Speed Racer, Bionicle, 1960′s legacy collection and Friends? Then buy our products!!!!!!

      • jam

        yea, and I do not recall hearing about a special “deconstruction” session AT THE ACADEMY

    • starss

      I thought The LEGO Movie was the longest toy commercial in history.

      • jam

        I do not disagree, but Lego movie is not the subject matter here is it!!

        • Ben

          No your original post saying that Big Hero 6 is the longest toy commercial ever is the subject matter.

          Which is wrong.

          • jam

            Toy story 1 81min
            Toy story 2 92min
            Lego Movie 100min
            Big hero 6 102min

          • Ben

            Toy Story 3 103 minutes.
            Small Soldiers 110 minutes
            Toys 122 minutes
            wait no, Transformers 4 has to take it, 165 minutes.

  • hjalmar poelzig

    I would like to see Disney do a feature film in the style of Jack Kirby on or one of the other great Marvel illustrators of the 1960s such as John Romita, Gene Colon or John Buscema that would capture their drawing style in terms of design, composition and dynamic storytelling. It could be done technically and it could be popular.

  • Night

    Let’s be honest, that’s just like, your opinion man.

    I think this is one of Disney’s best films that wonderfully handles the subject of grief without ever distracting us with sub-arcs like a random love interest and beautifully uses Baymax as that symbol for Hiro’s stages during his grief.

    And if you were going to use a Miyazaki film as a complex subject that one can deconstruct, you should have chosen Princess Mononoke or Wind Rises.Spirited Away isn’t as complex as you think, it’s actually charmingly simple and similar on some levels with Pixar and recent Disney.

  • Tim Tran

    who says its their best film? not every film has to be the best ever to be considered for analysis.

  • aquapyro

    Disagree there. I think that general audiences say its one of their best (let alone its included with Frog, Tangled Ralph and yes even Frozen as modern Disney Classics) That and being Disney Animation’s 3rd highest overall gross and being Disney’s only non musical to gross over 500 million says something.

    • May1979

      It doesn’t say anything. How many classics are we talking about today that were flops yesterday (from Bambi to Citizen Kane, just to name a few)? What it tells me is that a company with a powerhouse brand, a marketing machine like no other, and a virtual monopoly on the animation market can sell a cartoon of ice cubes to an Eskimo.

      But I agree with you about Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled: those were phenomenal films! Frog was ok, but as a black guy, I was annoyed the black princess was a frog throughout! But I digress… :-)

  • Inkan1969

    It will be interesting to compare the deconstruction session with the comments on the movie’s animation acting posted on this blog.

  • Karen Miller

    I used to love that! I wonder where I can find it today. Would like to play again.

  • Shannon O’Connell

    Aw man, would love to go to this….! Living in the Midwest does have it’s drawbacks.

  • Ben

    “first animated foray into Marvel territory”? Oh, ’cause of the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, gotcha.”
    No, cause it’s their first animated adaptation of a marvel comic book.

    • Paul M

      Huh?! That’s Interesting. Guess I should have read BH6′s backstory, excusez-moi. I guess I found the Stan Lee cameo a bit uninspired – maybe if they hadn’t framed it with an underwear joke I might’ve thought more about it instead of dismissing it as an ineffectual attempt at crude humor. I still think that studios should budget for CG adaptations of Marvel and DC’s roster of traditional superheroes in the current line up of direct to video releases. They could always greenlight a theatrical release version in pre-production if the design is good enough. The last good one I remember seeing was Firebereather ( which was very good but no series or sequel has come of it to date. If they brought back the 2003 Spider-Man series they could afford to give it a theatrical sheen in HD.

      • Ben

        Disney doesn’t have the theatrical rights to Spiderman, Sony currently hold them. So Disney couldn’t do an addaptation of that.
        I think the main problem with what you’re suggesting is that they want to keep the marvel cinematic universe consistent from at least a visual perspective. Having one film suddenly be animated and expecting audiences to buy that it’s still the same world that Robert Downey Jnr and Chris Evans are inhabiting might be a bit of a tall ask.