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Disney Animation Announces “Big Hero 6,” First Marvel Comic Feature

The Walt Disney Company has offered a first look at their upcoming animated superhero feature, Big Hero 6, an adaptation of an obscure Marvel Comics property of the same name. The CG film, directed by Disney veteran Don Hall (director, Winnie the Pooh; story supervisor, The Princess and the Frog), is described as “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.”

While Big Hero 6 has a release date of November 7, 2014 you can take the sneak peek-iest of sneek peeks below:

  • John Richardson

    When I read the Title of this item, I felt vaguely sick. But on going ahead and reading about it, I think it sounds quite intriguing. The image of the reimagined Golden Gate bridge looks promising.
    (I, uh… guess it’s pointless to ask “why CG?”)

  • Shazbot

    Well, now we’ll find out if the audiences that usually go to see Disney animated films – families – will have any interest in a Marvel/Disney hybrid about superheroes and which has an anime flair.

    Unfortunately, I’m thinking this’ll be another “Treasure Planet”…

    • Shaz…not

      Treasure Planet???? The Incredibles was a family-friendly feature about superheroes and it did just fine…. This seems more in line with that, than Treasure Planet.

  • Haruna

    The japanese takeover of Disney continues.

  • Deaniac

    The clip isn’t much, but it serves as a great establishing shot. I think the hybrid San Fran-Tokyo city and heavy Japanese influence could lead to a really fun atmosphere for the movie.

    Although you gotta wonder why Disney chooses to preview this movie over a year in advance when Frozen is due for this upcoming winter season…

  • jmahon

    Don Hall? Good ol’ tried and tested “boy and his giant robot” story? Sounds pretty neat. I checked out the Marvel comic originally made for “children”, and I was surprised at how all the girls(and female-shaped beings) on the cover had gigantic cleavage for seemingly no reason other than keeping along with everything else Marvel seems to publish that’s aimed at 13-year-olds. Not sure if I can take that seriously. I’m sure Disney will be toning it down, but it’s interesting they’d choose to adapt something that overt.

    Vet comic artist Evan Dorkin was talking about it reverently the other day, about how his children are “comic fans”, of Ironman and the X-men, but he can’t buy the actual comics for them because the subject material is too explicit despite being marketed without repercussion at their age group. I’m sure any of you who have stepped in a comic shop recently knows what I’m talking about… it’ll be interesting to see how Disney approaches this comic, anyway, The city shot was gorgeous, I hope we don’t have to wait too long for a real trailer.

    • That is really a shame of it all when you have to come to realize how far degrading the industry has become these days. Nothing like when I was into it 30 years ago and there was still comics for kids at the corner drug store.

    • Comic books aren’t aimed explicitly at children anymore. it more young adults/older teenagers.

      There are plenty of comics for youger children. Almost every major superhero has a “kids-friendly” book out there, but you have to ask for it. You can’t just walk in and be suprised the place isn’t chuck e cheese.

      • I’d rather they were accessible to everyone personally. It just doesn’t quite gel with me.

      • jmahon

        This is a movie being developed for a child audience, obviously, and the comic book is published with a children’s rating, obviously. And even if the movie was toned down, I’d wonder why they would adapt a comic that is obviously made for older teens, instead of for children, of which there are a lot that are more deserving. Why choose a late teen/adult comic to turn into a Disney animated feature, then?

  • Blues

    I can’t be the only one who’s really offended by this whole San Fransokyo business. You can’t smash two cultures together whenever it’s convenient for you! And if that weren’t bad enough, they’re just putting toriis on the golden gate bridge just like they put hubcaps on the mountains in Cars. Not cool, Disney.

    • Andy

      You must not be a fan of Firefly.

    • Dude this isn’t the first time something like this has been done like this. Plenty of animated projects combine two cultures together. I mean not two cultures but Hey Arnold combined big cities in America together, Triplets of Bellville combine french and american culture together.

      • Blues

        The examples you listed don’t involve two wildly different cultures and are far more subtle than slapping pagodas on things. Plus if I’m not mistaken, Bellville was a parody of American culture more than it was a fusion of anything.

        • But did it not combine French culture with American culture?

          • Blues

            I’m. . .not sure. The mob bosses were decidedly french but the location was definitely modeled after NYC or any big bustling American city. I’d have to see it again but I’m not sure this is a good example of “hey animation does this a lot!”

          • I still viewed it as a French film personally, and one of an outsider looking into another culture as the plot develops.

    • Ivan

      Not sure why it is a big deal. Blade Runner was a blend of LA and Shibuya. Demolition Man blended LA and Tokyo, in both fashion and architecture. Same goes for Neo-Tokyo from Akira, which is Tokyo with a hint of New York. I think for many of us, our concept of the future is one where cultures are globalized, where western values meet eastern sensibilities. You should check out Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis, which is a Japanese rendition of the German film of the same name, which blends New York, Japan and Babylon, gothic architecture and art deco.

      • Blues

        Yes but the examples you listed involve abstract dystopian representations of the future in which the influences were subtle and artfully done. Plus, Blade Runner takes place in LA and Akira in Tokyo. Sure there is some global integration but they aren’t highly idealized disneyland-esque algamations of two cultures. It’s fine to be influenced, but it’s another thing to take a city and dress it up in a costume. Why couldn’t they have just set the film in San Francisco? Or Tokyo?

        I have seen the tezuka styled Metropolis as well and should note that the city is once again, too abstract to even define as being New York or Tokyo. It’s just a mish-mash of rusted alley ways and mechanical wiring. And as for Babylonian influences, the only thing I can think of is the fact that the structure from which Duke Red plans to start his world conquest is called a ziggurat. Love the film by the way.

        • caricaturist

          So as long as Disney doesn’t do it, it’s plausible… Got it.

        • Are we talking about the original manga or the film? Usually I wouldn’t credit Tezuka too much for the film other than for spirit and inspiration since you do have both Katsuhiro Otomo and Rintaro calling the shots on that. Having read the original manga, it felt more in line with Babylon in some of those panels.

        • Ivan

          Whose to say that the new Marvel/Disney film isn’t dystopsian, or a version of San Francisco where Japan won WWII. I think it is too early to make that call based on 30 seconds of animation. Personally, as long as the mise-en-scene is justified by the story I think it will work.

          Also, in the original Metropolis, the allusion to Babylon is a lot more overt.

    • BarneyDillweed


  • San Fransokyo? It physically hurts just trying to pronounce it.

  • jonny

    Of all the Marvel properties Disney could’ve turned into an animated film, they chose this?

    • Well it’s good they chose something unique and under the radar. But what other idea did you have, just curious.

  • Max W

    So… it’s a live-action film? Or animation? Because honestly, I can’t tell the difference from that clip. Or is there even a difference between a “live-action” film like the Avengers and a CG-animated film these days?

  • name

    Are you serious? Have you seen Firefly? Not the bug.. like… the show…

    • Blues

      Ive only seen the pilot.

  • At the risk of sounding like idiot, I’m not familiar with the Comic, so this First Look does nothing for me. Not that it isn’t pretty, but I don’t know what I’m supposed to be excited about? Pretty city?

  • Axolotl

    The first image looks cool, so I’m assuming it’s concept stuff and not representative of the final product.

  • Nik

    Title seems too similar to “Big O” which was also an animated series about a guy and giant robots.

  • Mavis

    Best case scenario: Disney gains a sci-fi tent pole. Worst case:”The Black Hole” with Marvel input. It will probably land somewhere in-between.

  • Funkybat

    This seems like a strange choice for the first animated Marvel feature. I mean, I think I know *why* they chose it. Something less well-known gives the writers and director more creative freedom without worrying about some kind of fanboy backlash getting in the way of the launch of the animated Marvel universe. Still, I had never in my life seen or heard of this comic before Disney made their initial announcement, and this is coming from a guy who has spent a decent amount of time in comic shops over the past 25 years.

    After looking more thoroughly into the original comic, it doesn’t seem to have a great deal of connection with what the general public or even comic fans consider the “Marvel Universe.” It would be like making the first DC Animated Feature about “The New Guardians” or “Booster Gold.”

    I think most people, comic geek or not, would expect that the first animated film to come out of the Disney/Marvel merger would be something reasonably iconic, if not as major as the X-Men, Fantastic Four, or Spider Man. (Or to put it more clearly, something that either/both Stan Lee or Jack Kirby had at some point been involved with.)

    • Chris

      Big Hero Six actually is connected to X-men, it had some X-men among their members. I think there’s a connection to Wolverine as well (and of course the second film takes place in Japan).

      However I doubt any of this will be in the film, since Marvel’s rights to the X-men still belong to Fox.

      Marvel’s phase II does seem to be making films based on more obscure Marvel heroes like The Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man. I wonder if we’ll even get a Alpha Flight movie at the speed they’re making these.

  • Nikhita P

    OMG, it’s so less and so intriguing!! I can’t wait for more!! Looks like a ton of VisDev artists went crazy doing this. <3

  • I’ve never read this comic but the premiss alone has me sold.

  • What has me a little uneasy, is we have is footage for a film due out in a year…yet we have ‘Frozen’ coming out this fall, and we haven’t seen anything more than concept art and still images of some characters.

    Is Disney having trouble making ‘Frozen’ work? Is it a film they need more time to lock down on a story, but are being forced to complete it due to marketing obligations?

  • Really wish this was by Pixar…

    • Steve

      Yes, because Tangled and Wreck It Ralph were TERRIBLE films.

  • Jen Hurler

    This is an interesting risk Disney is taking. Oddly, I think it will work out for them. But who knows as more details unfold. Regardless of opinions, this definitely captures attention.

  • Steve

    Too bad you dont understand sarcasm.