While in LA this summer, part of my trip included a sneak peak of a new animated movie set to release this fall, BIG HERO 6! They lovable, squishy character Baymax is the ultimate portable medical machine. With scanners and sensors, he can read any life form close to him and diagnose their injury or ailment. He was designed and built by Tadashi Hamara, but after a tragic accident, Baymax becomes the trusty friend and sidekick to Tadashi’s younger brother, Hiro Hamada, who proves to be even smarter than Tadashi.
Big Hero 6 is directed by Chris Williams and Don Hall, along with producer Roy Conli (pictured below). Visiting the Disney Animation Studio, I had the chance to view meet with seem and catch a “Sneak Peek” of some footage and sketch work of the movie.
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With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.
Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.
Plenty of hard work, research and heart was put into the making of Disney Animation Studios latest release. From trips to Tokyo, Japan to San Francisco, CA, the creators of the movie spent a great deal of time and design to create the perfect setting for Big Here 6 – SanFransokyo!
While the movie was inspired by the Marvel comic book, and all characters are the same, the directors and creators give BIG HERO 6 a new story line, a BRAND NEW look and creative, modern feel. Using actual research in soft robotics, Disney was able to create a soft, portable robot unlike any other seen before. Once all the travel and research was completed, the animation process began and this resulted in a unique, altruistic line of characters that bring the city of San Fransokyo and the lives of Hiro and his friends to life!
What many may not understand is that making a film like BIG HERO 6 can takes years, this one in particular took 3! Imagine the man-hours and travel times logged into just the research for this film. We all quickly feel in love with Baymax. Each of the characters brings a unique element to the team and I cannot wait to see more of what each of them has to offer.
In all, I got to see about 15-20 minutes of different “shorts” of the movie, in no particular order of the film itself. When we were done, our entire group was left with may questions and the desire to see more…right then and there. While we did not get to preview the entire movie, getting this first hand look at how the film was made and the minds behind the creative is something this writer will always remember. I cannot wait to see the entire film when it premieres in theaters on November 7, 2014!
You can check out this newly released preview for yourself and great ready for this fall’s most animated, lovable movie of 2014!
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BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!
Remember the days of cartoons that were actually featured shorts before the movie started? Disney Anmimation Studios is bringing this classic element back to some of their movies. The latest one is “FEAST”
“Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation for “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.
Director Patrick Osborne, who joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2008 as an animator on “Bolt,” took part in the Studio’s Spark program—which invites artists to explore their own unique ideas in a month-long project that is presented to the Studio team. His experimental short “Pet” was a hit among his fellow Disney artists. Osborne, whose credits Disney’s 2010 feature “Tangled” and 2012’s Oscar®-winning short “Paperman,” for which he served as head of animation, was later tapped as co-head of animation for the upcoming feature “Big Hero 6.” But his plans changed when he pitched the idea for “Feast” as part of WDAS’ new shorts program—the project was greenlit with Osborne as director.
Producer Kristina Reed produced 2012’s Oscar®-winning short “Paperman.”
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Disclosure: I was provided with an all-expense paid trip to LA, CA for this and other Disney/Marvel/DreamWorks media coverage. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.