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‘Big Hero 6’ TV Series Arriving in 2017

Disney XD will turn Big Hero 6 into a TV series, set to debut next year.

Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (The Penguins of Madagascar TV series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Kim Possible) will executive produce the series for Disney Television Animation. TV animation veteran Nick Filippi (Wolverine and the X-Men, American Dragon: Jake Long, The Legend of Tarzan) will be the show’s supervising director, and also shares an exec producer credit.

“Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world class animated series – full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob – and Baymax — can deliver.”

The series will pick up from the end of the 2014 feature film, and continues the adventures of 14-year-old tech whiz Hiro and his robot, Baymax. The other members of the team – Go Go, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred- will also be included in the series, which balances superhero battles with Hiro’s academic life at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and his “social trials of being the little man on campus.”

No voice cast has been announced for the show yet.

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  • JR

    Does anyone know whether the show will be 2D or CG?

  • UsaMiKo

    I was totally ready to get all cynical and critcal at this news, but after hearing about the past shows these creators have worked on, I’m actually a little excited! Maybe its just the nostalgia talking, but I don’t remember the shows mentioned being anything, but good. I’m interested to see what they do with this.

  • Paul M

    Given how dismal most movie adaptations on tv have been the past few years, I don’t expect this to be CG, well written or polished at all. It seems like movie tie in animated series suffer the same fate as licensed video game adaptations, which are always rushed into production to meet an early deadline at the expense of overall quality throughout. I’m really craving a good new action series to get into, but projects like Young Justice that spare no effort in production time or cost are few and far between.

  • partyrobotmachine

    YABBA DABBA DOO I LOVE big hero six that sounds awesome :D

  • Funkybat

    I’m excited to hear that Bob and Mark are the showrunners on this. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s 3D or stylized 2D, the latter of which seems to be the route taken by a lot of recent TV spinoffs of animated features. I also hope there will eventually be another Big Hero 6 theatrical feature, but I suppose that may depend on how this show does.

  • OMG YAS! I’m officially excited about this tv series. I’m kind of hoping it will be 2-D animation instead of 3-D but hey their decision to make.

  • Paul M

    Even the KFP series doesn’t look totally right, the framerate looks funny, some cost saving measure I guess. I was thinking about the last tron series – making a cartoon based on tron and not doing it in cg? Am I the only one who sees that as illogical? I see no such problem with BH6 done with cell style animation, it’s not integral to the story.

    • Barrett

      I agree on both points. I definitely saw the shortcomings with the KFP series, I only cited it because, compared to most other 3D for TV productions, it was actually pretty decent. I think a lot of it comes down to the secondary animation (or lack thereof) and whatever they are doing with the lighting. I understand if a show doesn’t have the kind of rich textures and throngs of background characters/crowd scenes we’ve become accustomed to in 3D features, but there is something just really “cheap-looking” when it comes to the lighting and shading. I’m not a 3D guy at all, so I can’t say what exactly is not being done or how much time/money/effort would need to be expended to do it better, but the producers must know and have concluded they can’t do it anywhere near the feature level.

  • brandon

    I can barely remember the last time Disney Channel had a successful animated series on air.

    Even then, BIg Hero 6 is a much better fit for Disney XD. It’s a major project that keeps the network’s programming bent towards action-oriented/mythology-heavy shows like SW: Rebels and the recently-concluded Gravity Falls.

  • Iftekhar Ahmed

    Smart venture. The side characters really need to be fleshed out!

  • brandon

    The best possible outcome would be a Dreamworks Dragons scenario, where maybe three or four actors from the film agree to return, while the rest of the cast is a who’s who of TV and professional voice actors.

  • Ben Reynolds

    I’m praying that it’ll be 2-D, if not though it’s still awesome news