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D23 Expo: ‘Big Hero 6′: Marvel Comics Meets Disney Animation
Brett Nachman   |  

D23 Expo 2013: Big Hero 6 banner

Get ready for some Marvel Comics inspiration in a Disney animated film! Big Hero 6 will detail what happens when the imagination and innovation from those two atmospheres collide.

Director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh), enchanted by both Disney and comic books growing up, spoke to the audience on Friday at the Animation panel at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, describing Big 6 Hero as “inspired by the culture of Japan… mashed up with America.”

Set in San Fransokyo, a mesh of two major cities of the world – San Francisco and Tokyo – draws influences from both metropolitan areas. It is an “origin story of not-so-super heroes,” focused on a 14-year-old named Hiro Hamada, who loses his older brother and connects with a robot to “heal his broken heart.”

The production team visited top schools and researchers in robotics to capture the look of Baymax, the aforementioned robot, who moves like a baby penguin, as Hall described. He is also quite gentle and compassionate, making him a good friend for Hiro.

These characters are accompanied by an assortment of diverse and unique personalities with varying ages and odd life experiences.

Disney Big Hero 6

[Disney’s Big Hero 6 concept art courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. Used with permission.]

The concept art and early animation looks like nothing one has seen in a Disney animated film, as it seems electric and fast-paced, feeling very comic-like and comical – no pun intended. This will definitely draw fans of both Disney animation and Marvel Comics, even those unfamiliar with this more obscure entry.

“Big Hero 6” features 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. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

Big Hero 6 flies into theaters November 7, 2014!

Stay posted on new D23 Expo updates by following @bnachmanreports and @geeksofdoom on Twitter. And check back here at Geeks of Doom for more news from me on the D23 Expo!

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