Big Hero 6, Disney's first animation movie inspired by a Marvel comic is out in the open! They've been clever and opted to adapt a pretty obscure Marvel property that even avid comic book fans may not be familiar with, allowing more interpretation on their part (and more on this later).
Big Hero 6 was created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in 1998 and the LA Times calls it 'something of a whimsical love letter to Japanese culture.'
Here's Disney's official description of the film:
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Big Hero 6,” an action comedy adventure about 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.
Disney had a modest booth at the D23 Expo Imagineering pavilion, which had silhouettes of their characters. It's not much, but if you're hungry for more info on this project I'm sure every little helps, right?
The one big change made to the original material is that of setting: Disney's opted to change the location to a fictional city that's a hybrid of Tokyo and San Francisco, the aptly named San Fransokyo
You get a thirty second taster of the city below: [[yt:GSV3laJplpU]]
And here's the rather lovely concept art for the city:
It's being directed by Winnie The Pooh's , who told the LA Times that he's embracing working with a lesser-known comic because it means he can be more free creatively:
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.
Sounds great! Will you be watching this next year? It'll hit theaters on November 7, 2014.