Characters in Big Hero 6
Baymax is 6 feet tall and 75 pounds — until Hiro mechs him out. Baymax, in his super suit, is more than 7 feet tall and can lift 1000 pounds. ‘He’s all air,’ says head of animation Zach Parrish.
Artists looked at actors like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Gary Cooper and other cowboys to study cool, emotionally reserved traits while developing GoGo Tomago’s look and personality.
Baymax sports a standard nine-frame-blink, says head of animation Zach Parrish. ”We play with the speed of his blink throughout the film, but for the most part, it’s a standard blink. It’s the amount of time we give the audience to think before he blinks that says a lot — the longer it is, the more time he’s processing. A double blink shows confusion. We used that a few times in the film. That could be an acting choice for a human character, too.”
Artists looked at speed skaters to inform the body type and movement for GoGo Tomago, a passionate student of speed.
Artists studied snowboarders, skateboarders and surfers to develop movement and posture for Fred.
Wasabi, at one time, was a very Zen character with very Zen dreadlocks. When filmmakers tweaked his personality, they initially decided the neatnik wouldn’t be a fan of the not-oft-shampooed-do and gave him a haircut. The look didn't last. It turns out, everyone was just too attached to his cool locks.
To ensure Hiro’s charming gap-toothed grin stayed intact from any angle, controls were added to his teeth so animators could make adjustments as needed.
Ryan Potter, who voices Hiro in Big Hero 6, was obsessed with building robots as a kid. “I was 9 or 10 when I got a robotic kit.,"he says. "I love science .
Genesis Rodriguez, who lends her voice to Honey Lemon in Big Hero 6, was on her school’s robotics team. ”I was a welder,” she says. ”So I made sure my [welds] were just perfect and very aesthetically pleasing as well. People didn’t expect us to be so good. That was the beauty of it. We were just this bright group of girls who had an idea, executed it and beat the guys.”
James Com well, who lends his voice to Professor Robert Callaghan, studied at Carnegie Mellon University (then called Carnegie Tech). Big Hero 6 filmmakers spent time at the school, learning all about the innovative field of soft robotics, which ultimately inspired Baymax, a huggable vinyl robot that cares for people.
As a child, Damon Wayans Jr., who provides the voice of Wasabi, wanted to be an animator when he grew up. He even studied animation after graduating high school before he decided to pursue acting.
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