Disney’s First Marvel Adaptation ‘Big Hero 6′ Looks Irresistible
Disney (NYSE:DIS) is finally giving the world a closer look at its upcoming animated Marvel Comics adaptation, Big Hero 6. Though the previous trailer gave audiences an extremely brief look at robot hero Baymax, the new clip shows more of the characters as they team up to save the futuristic city of San Fransokyo.
The movie, described as an “action-packed comedy-adventure” follows genius robotics prodigy Hiro Harnada (Ryan Potter of Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas), his closest companion Baymax (30 Rock’s Scott Adsit) and his group of friends, Fred (T.J. Miller), Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.) as they pull together to form a band of unlikely “high-tech heroes” in an effort to save their city after “a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot. “
The film, co-directed by Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt), is based off Marvel’s comic mini-series of the same name and is Disney’s first film featuring characters from the Marvel universe. The animated flick, which is being adapted by Hall and Jordan Roberts, also features the voices of Maya Rudolph as Hiro’s Aunt Cass, Alan Tudyk as tech guru Alistair Krei, and James Cromwell as world-renowned roboticist Professor Robert Callaghan. But while there may no shortage of loveable characters to choose from in the movie, it seems Disney is most interested in introducing kids to the inflatable robot Baymax, who once again steals most of the spotlight in this new trailer.
Baymax was the main focus of the first trailer and both of the Facebook teasers released in relation to the World Cup and the same can be said for this latest clip as well. While the new trailer shows Hiro attempting to recruit the help of a police officer (who briefly listens to the boy’s unbelievable-sounding story of a microbot attack before threatening to call his parents), the scene is interrupted when Baymax’s arm suddenly starts deflating and he is forced to use tape to cover up the holes. Later, he returns to the center of attention when Hiro tries to fit him for an Iron Man-style suit that ends up barely fitting the puffy robot.
The studio’s clear and heavy emphasis on Baymax is one of the main differences between Disney’s version of the story and the actual comics, as Deadline points out. The upcoming Big Hero 6 film also takes place in another location (the story was originally set in in Japan) and the movie’s villain Yokai, described as a “silent masked man behind the terrible tragedy that strikes San Fransokyo,” also differs from the comics (although that doesn’t make him any less creepy).
But while there are variations, that doesn’t mean that the studio’s first foray into kid-friendly comic book fare will go the same route as a more traditional Disney cartoon. The short trailer makes it clear that the film will feature a good combination of comic book action and lighthearted humor, with plenty of zany antics from the group of irresistibly adorable superheroes to boot. The flick is slated to hit theaters on November 7.