Last year, word got out that Disney was looking to develop Big Hero 6 as Marvel’s first big screen animated film. Finally after almost a year, Disney has given the CG-animated film a release date of November 7th, 2014!
Big Hero 6, directed by Don Hall, is an action comedy adventure about a group of government-sanctioned heroes, specifically “a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his robot companion BayMax. Hiro 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 BayMax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.
Some new details on the project have come to light thanks to the LA Times. It explains one of the big changes in the adaptation is that the story will be moved from Tokyo to the fictional high-tech city of “San Fransokyo” — a hybrid of Tokyo and San Francisco. While talking to the Times, Hall explained that he enjoyed the freedom of working with a comic that doesn’t have a huge fan base:
“I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would mesh well with what we do. The idea of a kid and a robot story with a strong brother element, it’s very Disney.
Marvel properties take place in the real world. We were looking for something to do where we could make our own world — bring in the Japanese influences, have recognizable landmarks mashed up with a Japanese aesthetic.”
Marvel Comics’ Joe Quesada explained: “The storytelling aspects are very frenetic, very visceral. It takes tropes of Japanese culture, manga, anime. There are giant dinosaurs that invade a city, big robots, youth fashion, cutesy stuff in the vein of Hello Kitty.”
The comic books style action, humor, and heart will easily fit in the rest of the Disney brand. It sounds like it will be a great film, and I’m looking forward to seeing more. I’ve included some concept art and a first look video.
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