Hey there my avid readers (you're there, right? Hello *silence*)! There's only three possible reasons for you to have clicked on this page. 1, you love Big Hero 6. 2, you love facts! Or 3, all of the above! Or maybe you just accidentally clicked on the link. Either way, I've got some great BH6 facts just for you! So sit down, get comfy and get ready have your mine balalalalala-blown!
1. Big Hero 6 is Marvel owned!
Not too many people knew that Big Hero 6 was and still is a Marvel owned franchise. That's right, the same guys that brought you Iron Man and Wolverine also brought you the cute and cuddly Baymax! Though, Baymax was't very cute or cuddly when he debuted in the first issue of BH6 back in 1998.
Big Hero 6 was a mini-series of comic books that debuted in 1998. The reason you might not have heard of them is because they haven't been seen much since. This is one of the reasons that Big Hero 6 was chosen to be made into a film by Disney, as its lesser-known status made it easier for the film to be praised for its own outstanding qualities rather than gain popularity simply because it was under Marvel's magic hat.
2. The team has some ties to the X-Men!
Now that you know that Big Hero 6 is a Marvel owned team, you're probably wondering if they've ever crossed paths with any other famous Marvel characters. The answer is—yes! They have had two members with ties to the famous Marvel superhero team, the X-Men! Kenuichio Harada, a.k.a the Silver Samurai was the leader of the team for a long time. Kenuichio was an enemy of Wolverine before becoming an antihero and one of Wolverine's allies. He then went on to become the leader of BH6 before dying while defending his home against a ninja invasion.
Sunfire also has ties to the X-Men, as he was a member of the iconic team for quite some time. He was a one-time member however, meaning he hasn't appeared as a member of the team since his last run with them. But he wasn't just some background character in the X-Men world, he was a prominent addition to the superhero gang; working alongside Rogue, Mystique, Gambit and even the Avengers members Iron Man and Hawkeye! And for a short time during his run with the X-Men, he became Famine, one of Apocalypse's Horsemen!
Besides Silver Samurai and Sunfire, the team has also come across the likes of Viper (or Madam Hydra), Elektra and your friendly contractual Spider-Man!
3. Shout-Out to Tangled and Frozen!
Tangled and Frozen are two of Disney's biggest animated films! I still can't get 'Let it Go' and 'Do You Want to be A Snowman' out of my head! Disney always has Easter eggs in their films, and most of the time their nods to some of their biggest films. So it wasn't too surprising to see that Big Hero 6 featured Easter eggs for both Tangled and Frozen! In the police HQ scene, you can see Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, Tangled filmmakers on a wanted poster on the bulletin board! You can also see Hans on the very same board! Not only that, but you can catch Hans again as a statue that gets brutally destroyed by Baymax!
4. Guess they were the best people for the roles!
Ryan Potter, the voice for Hiro in BH6, loved to build robots as a kid, ever since he was 9 years old! He was obsessed with the science of robotics and building awesome machines! Genesis Rodriguez, the voice for Honey Lemon, also loved robotics as a child. She was even on her school's robotic's team! Lastly, Damon Wayans Jr., the voice for Wasabi, dreamed of becoming an animator when he grew up. He studied animation after high-school before deciding to pursue acting!
5. Bringing two cultures together!
The comic book version of Big Hero 6 takes place in Tokyo, Japan; a very real place. But those who've seen the movie notice that the film actually takes place in the fictional city of San Fransokyo, an obvious combination of Tokyo and San Francisco.
The city was created to visualize a blend of both Western and Eastern culture. But it's not just the city that blends the best of both worlds, the characters within the city were designed to represent the multi-cultural feel of the fictional city! This is easily seen with characters like Hiro Hamada, Honey Lemon and GoGo Tomago. These and other characters were made to represent both cultures, not just one. Which is why Hiro, though Japanese in name, has elements of both Western and Eastern culture within him. The two cities were chosen for their vibrant colors and "hustle and bustle" lifestyles, so that when they were mixed, it would create a large, beautiful and vibrant always moving world that would perfectly match the tone that BH6 was going for!
6. How to Reference Your Dragon
The first time we meet Fred, played by T.J Miller, we see him sporting the university's mascot costume. The costume, a green dragon is no doubt a foreshadowing to his 'Fredzilla' costume. But it also might be a reference to Barf, the dragon from How To Train Your Dragon! T.J Miller voices Tuffnut, a rider in Train Your Dragon and his mount is Barf, a green long-necked two-headed dragon.
Though not a perfect match, it's possible this in fact a nod to How to Train Your Dragon; as both it and Big Hero 6 were the biggest animated films of 2014! Of course, it is also possible that the costume is a reference to the Marvel character Droom.
Little bonus fact about Fred: In the movie he wears a tech suit that resembles a three-eyed lizard, but in the comics he is actually able to transform into a powerful fire-breathing lizard! Not sure why this was changed, but I guess it was to maintain the "rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes" thing that BH6 had.
So there you go! Six awesome Big Hero 6 facts for you to feast your eyes on! Plus one little one! Hope you like them! And if you did, which one did you like the most?