With the latest TV spot fresh off the presses, promotion for Disney's upcoming title, Big Hero 6, is underway. Thanks to Moviepilot and the folks at Disney, I was able to visit Disney Animation studios in Burbank, California to get an in-depth look at the characters, animation, and the brilliant minds behind the film. As our articles start to roll out, I'd like to take a little time and give you an in-depth look at the studio offices, and what Disney does to help further the creative process.
For each new major film, the team at Disney Animation completely overhaul the interiors of their offices to reflect the movie. So, for [Big Hero 6](movie:425271), the studio HQ became San Fransokyo: a fun and vibrant representation of the film's hometown setting, mixing a blend of busy and beautiful Tokyo with the bustling, whimsical air of San Francisco.
I'll be honest with you: One of the most incredible things about visiting a Disney theme park is the immersive experience of your visit. For just a while, bills and reports drift away and magic seems real. This is the exact kind of ambience that fills the halls of Disney Animation Studios almost every day, though the experience is radically different from the parks. Instead of being immersed in the magic, you're sitting in a front row seat watching how it's made from start to finish, and there's something unique about that on it's own.
The halls mix scenery with progress: blink-and-you'll-miss-it pieces of concept art seem to peek out of colorful cubicles (and for the higher-ups/some teams, colorful indoor office cottages! I swear, it's magic) and posters for local events make you want to find the closest rail map to explore downtown San Fransokyo.
Along with the revamp, the creators at Disney also get funky with 3D Printing - while we were visiting, they were in the process of making real life replicas of the microbots that essentially sit on the border of calm and chaos throughout the film. Check it out:
As cheesy as it sounds, just being there made me feel inspired - and it's honestly hard not to be, when you see something like Big Hero 6 being made around you.
All in all, the studio visit was incredible. Keep an eye here on Moviepilot for tons of Big Hero 6 news this coming week!
BONUS: Something's been left up for you [Frozen](movie:411685) fans...!