Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 Baymax and Microbots

While Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic and was made possible by Disney’s acquisition of the company back in 2009, Marvel Studios had nothing to do with the film’s production, and it’s not part of their “cinematic universe.” And that’s felt when watching the movie, which feels much more in line with the rest of the oeuvre of the House of Mouse than it does with that of the House of Ideas. The focus of the story is on adolescent self-actualization, which occurs through the standard family movie plot structure fine-tuned by Pixar and recently adopted in earnest by Disney. The result is not terribly different from a lot of other recent animated fare, though there are agreeable standout elements. Chief among these is the robot Baymax. While its unflappably calm demeanor (usually used for comedic effect, of course) isn’t a new take on ‘bot behavior, the fact that it focuses always on the well-being of its compatriots (it is, after all, a healthcare assistant) makes it feel fresh, along with its innovative vinyl balloon design. Baymax looks and moves like no other robot we’ve seen before in film, and its matronly behavior, along with Scott Adsit’s soothing voice work, make it utterly lovable. Baymax is left to teen genius Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) after the untimely death of his engineer brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney). Hiro is the PG version of a “troubled” kid — an orphan being raised by a busy aunt (Maya Rudolph), he’d rather use his smarts to participate […]

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Interstellar Tunnel

If you try to watch every single movie on this list, you’ll end up spending more than two full days inside your local movie theater. Challenge accepted? Good. The potential of this month is so unbelievable that even if only half of these must-seeable flicks fulfills that promise, it’ll still be one for your diary. Plus, the variety is fantastic — offering, no cliche, something for everyone. And since there’s so much here to cheer for, I’ve decided to limit each explanation to only five words. Challenge two accepted. Let’s not waste any more time. You’ve got a lot of movies to get to.

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Big Hero 6 Baymax and Microbots

Think of Disney, and you’ll inevitably think of mouse ears, princesses or the inevitable takeover of all mankind. But the House of Mouse is putting off Operation: Re-Mickification for at least a few more months, because it’s got a new obsession: robots. Back in July, Disney Animation hosted a gargantuan press day for Big Hero 6, the studio’s latest feature, and the conversations hovered around big robots, small robots, malicious bots that would vaporize you as soon as look at you and bots designed to be huggable and mass-marketed to all the world’s children. This Big Hero 6-stravaganza (note: not actually what the event was called) was broken up into five stages: quality time was spent with the Visual Effects, Animation, Script & Story and Production Design departments plus with directors Don Hall and Chris Williams and producer Roy Conli. Everyone spoke on the subject of robotics, which it must be said isn’t too surprising when every Big Hero 6 ad in existence is plastered with images of the superhero robot Baymax. Find out what goes into building a Disneyfied robot below.

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Feast

Last week, Disney opened its doors and allowed itself to be overrun by journalists, drawn in by the scent of new films and also free lunch. The main event was Disney’s latest feature, Big Hero 6, but like anything with the word Disney in front of it, the day started with a short. That short was Feast, directed by Patrick Osborne, which will eventually run in front of Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters this November. For convenience’s sake, consider Feast as a Disneyfied version of Noah Takes a Picture of Himself Everyday for 6 Years — that long-ago Youtube sensation that first pioneered the idea of watching a guy’s under-eye bags expand in depressing superspeed. Except Disney smartly swapped out the depressed twenty-something for a spunky Boston terrier with a love of table scraps. Feast is a continual sequence of Winston (the terrier in question) being fed whatever his owner doesn’t feel like finishing. Up until the end (where Osborne throws a few kinks into the formula), it’s largely the same shot, every single time: a static, dog’s eye-level view of a dog dish, stacked to the brim with cold, uninviting kibble. From above descends a burly hand, which holds an extra-large plate, which is slowly tipped until its half-eaten contents slide free, landing with a splat on top of that stale pile of Alpo.

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BIG HERO 6

He’s fluffy, slow, and he’s about to get an upgrade [cue the Beyonce song]. He’s Baymax, and he is the perfect best friend as long as he doesn’t run out of batteries. The Big Hero 6 trailer makes the movie feel like a family friendly Iron Man blended with The Iron Giant and whatever else has “iron” in the title. It’s also a nice reminder that there’s another Marvel movie coming out that seeks to fill the Pixarian void. Check out the trailer, and see if you can guess who’s voicing Baymax, the fluffy robot who earns afterburners.

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Big Hero 6 Disney

Here’s how this thing is going to go — even if you don’t know anything about Big Hero 6, you’re still going to see it. It’s a Marvel film (well, a Walt Disney Studios film about a Marvel Comics superhero team), and you love Marvel films. You love superheroes. You love superhero teams. But you might also be in the mood for something a little different. How does animation sound? Different, right? What about T.J. Miller voicing an unlikely hero? You love T.J. Miller! He’s on Silicon Valley, which you also love. What else do you love? How about unlikely heroes and robots and mayhem? See! You love that stuff, too! You know what? You’re going to love Big Hero 6. So maybe it’s time to take a little look at what the Don Hall and Chris Williams film has in store for you (besides love). Check out the first trailer for Big Hero 6 after the break!

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Big Hero 6 Disney

After Guardians of the Galaxy was announced as the next Marvel team venture, much speculation was given to the potential success of the first post-Avengers franchise, due to the relative unfamiliarity of the comic. But while we’ve all been hemming and hawing and throwing out AOL keywords like “talking tree” and “raccoon with blaster gun” and “David Hasselhoff trailer dude cool,” the studio has quietly produced yet another movie that we’ve (and they’ve) let slip by the wayside. Big Hero 6 comes to us from Disney Animation, a Marvel property that follows a kid and his robot sidekick in the futuristic society of San Fransokyo. In the Marvel comics, the Big Hero 6 is a team of state-sanctioned superheroes formed by the Japanese government to fight crime at their disposal, a handy dandy group of do-gooders and superpowers that are at their disposal to fight crime and any forces of evil that try to topple their ranks. It’s kind of the perfect solution to all of our international relation needs, isn’t it?

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There’s a lot riding on the shoulders of Big Hero 6. Disney’s had three gigantic hits in a row with Tangled, Wreck-it-Ralph and Frozen (which recently broke the half-billion mark at the box office, and is attracting ‘snowballing’ and ‘avalanche’ puns at roughly the speed of sound). On top of that, the delay of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur until 2015 means that Big Hero 6 is the only major animated feature the House of Mouse will put out next year. And on top of that, Big Hero 6 is the first time Disney has borrowed from its recently-acquired Marvel Comics library for something other than theme parks or merchandise – the property was originally a Marvel comic that Disney pilfered for its own devices. So as long as Big Hero 6 can satisfy Marvel fans, dejected Pixar fans and the teeming hordes still humming “Let it Go” from Frozen, it’ll be a success. And with all those expectations in mind, Disney has just attached a co-director to the film: Chris Williams. Williams’ most recent (and only) co-directing gig was on another Disney picture, Bolt, for which he also wrote the screenplay; his resume also holds story credits for The Emperor’s New Groove, Mulan and Brother Bear. And that’s basically it. At first glance, Williams and Big Hero 6 don’t exactly match up. The latest Disney pic follows a team of eclectic superheroes: a woman with an inter-dimensional handbag, a sushi chef with super-knives and a fanboy who can, when necessary, balloon up into […]

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BIG HERO 6

Despite the recent bout of sequel and prequelitis that Pixar has suffered (arguably from a Patient Zero named Disney), the ships seem to be creatively righting themselves. They’re also apparently tethering themselves to the Golden Gate bridge in order to watch the sunset. The picture above is from Big Hero 6, which is one of many projects that The Mouse opened up about during this year’s D23 conference. It’s one of the biggest signals of Marvel sensibilities merging with Disney — an exciting prospect that could bring some fantastic comic book properties to the big screen beyond the post-Avengers plans through, gulp, 2021. There’s a world out there of comic heroes that may not be right for live-action, and it’s encouraging to see that Disney understands that potential and is willing to take a chance. There are some innovative ideas here, nestled in a comfortable nest of old favorites (and, yes, a few cash-grabs). Luckily for now they all look gorgeous.

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bigherosflarge

Back in July of last year it was reported that, following the big acquisition of Marvel Comics by the Disney Corporation, the first collaboration between Disney Animation and Marvel Studios on any sort of superhero cartoon was going to come in the form of an adaptation of Marvel’s semi-obscure team of Japanese heroes, Big Hero 6. At the time it seemed like kind of a strange choice. Wouldn’t you want to kick off a partnership this important with something a little bit bigger, something with a little more name recognition? Well, it looks like the guys in the suits must have had their reasons for wanting to go forward with Big Hero 6, because today Disney Animation officially announced [via the LA Times] that the film is in production—and they even gave us a glimpse of what their animators have come up with. Hit the jump to see what they’ve created, but be prepared, because it’s a little weird.

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When it was first announced that Disney had purchased Marvel Comics, the holy grail endgame of such an acquisition that instantly popped into every film fan’s head was that now the group of acclaimed artists working over at Disney’s Pixar wing could get their hands on a Marvel property and make an animated superhero movie that would blow everyone’s minds. With Pixar’s already full slate of projects and the murky details of who owns the film rights to which Marvel characters in what context, the idea was something of a long-shot, but when you get a couple companies under the same corporate umbrella like this and give executives the chance to start throwing around words like “synergy,” eventually anything becomes possible. The news that broke today isn’t quite that holy grail of Pixar making a Marvel movie, but it’s a team-up that brings us one step closer to that reality. For the first time ever, Disney is going to be making an animated Marvel movie. But, instead of Pixar, the artists handling this one are coming from that other wing of animators who work under the Disney corporate banner, Walt Disney Animation Studios. This is the studio that’s most recently brought us Tangled and Winnie the Pooh, and have Wreck-It Ralph set up for a release this fall.

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