I’ve been excited for Disney’s first Marvel adaptation Big Hero 6 since I first saw the concept art for San Fransokyo over a year ago. It really thrilled me to see the Blade Runner-esque neon and steel city come to life. I didn’t know too much about the story- only that Marvel had introduced the team of Japanese heroes back in the late 90’s, and that the film adaptation would depart from the origin story somewhat.
The trailer for the film has been released, and we found the UK version on YouTube:
From Disney: With all the heart and humour audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).
With the success of Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen, Big Hero 6 has a lot of potential. Disney has another film that could really bring in the boy demographic they desperately want. Frozen has driven merchandise craziness to whole new levels. If Big Hero 6 is a hit with boys, they may well have the same fantastic problem.
And who knows, maybe they can drive some of that back into the comics.