Tomorrow, the new trailer for Big Hero 6 (click here to watch the first one) lands, promising us to shower us with the rest of the cast that the first trailer forgot to mention.
But that won't be our first peek at the characters behind this film (incredibly loosely) based on the Marvel comic of the same name. You may have noticed recently that a slew of character posters have leaked online, and if you combine them, you can see the entire team fit together.
I've gotten into this before about how awful I consider most of these designs to be. But now that I've taken a closer look, I want to voice my concerns alongside my hope for what this film could be (aside from a major toy cash grab).
#1 Hiro Hamada
First up is Hiro Hamada, boy genius. Voiced by Ryan Potter, this kid is looks to be half-asian, half-caucasian, which is probably a humorous aside to the fact that he lives in "San Fransokyo." I find it weird that he's still wearing sneakers in the shot with body armor on, but that's OK since the rest of his suit actually looks pretty cool. My only complaint? It's just weird seeing Hiro Hamada without glasses.
Unfortunately, we've already gotten to the only character design I fully like (and that's mostly thanks to the trailer). Voiced by Scott Adsit, Baymax is a synthetic robot built by young Hiro. Their evolving friendship will likely be the movie's heart, even if that blank face is a little too "Toby" from Paranormal Activity.
#3 Honey Lemon
So either Rapunzel is a superhero or just a Pokemon master. I'm not sure which to go with. Kudos to Disney for giving her Power Purse a new and interesting design, even if shameless jokes like mine will be all over this character voiced by Genesis Rodriguez. My only complaint about character design is that her alter ego is just...why is she a hipster?
First they took out the "No-Ginger" part out of his name and just made him "Wasabi." Then they decided that one too many Asians in one movie would apparently upset the balance of...something...and thus made Wasabi black. Honestly though, I've come to accept it. The upside is that the team will be more inclusive and diverse, which the makers of the film claim is the point of the film taking place in a hybrid culture city.
My only real complaint is his design, which robs him of more than just a name. The real Wasabi is a samurai with energy katanas, not a headset-wielding fire bender.
Of course, you may be thinking that the solemn strength of the real Wasabi can be carried over to this new version. But then you realize he's voiced by Damon Wayans Jr.
#5 Go-Go Tomago
Alright, I lied. There are two character designs I fully like. Mostly because the original Go-Go in the comics never really had an awesome character design compared to the rest of the team, in my opinion. But the way they captured her personality and power suit here looks awesome enough to forgive sins found elsewhere in the cast. And she's voiced by Jamie Chung instead of Michelle Rodriguez (because thank the heavens).
Last and probably least is Fredzilla. A character that suffers the most from getting "Disneyed."
Seriously, look at this image of Fredzilla:
Alas, Disney decided to keep the Pokemon theme going and make Fredzilla look like something summoned by his trainer, Honey Lemon herself. Voiced by T.J. Miller, this new version of Fred looks to be one of the least interesting aspects of the movie. Hopefully, I'm dead wrong.
Big Hero 6 opens in theaters November 7, 2014.
Who do you love the most from the new designs?
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