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Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 Teaser Poster
The Teaser Poster
Release date November 7, 2014
Rating PG
Director Don Hall
Chris Williams
Writer(s) Steven T. Seagle (Original Characters)
Duncan Rouleau (Original Characters)
Chris Claremont (Based On)
Don Hall
Jordan Roberts
Daniel Gerson (Screenwriter)
Producer(s) John Lasseter
Roy Conli
Kristina Reed
Editor Tim Mertens
Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Music By Henry Jackman
Running Time 108 Minutes
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Big Hero 6 is a film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the fifty-fourth feature from the highly acclaimed studio. The film marks the first Marvel Comics adaptation by The Walt Disney Company and the first theatrically released Marvel animated film.

Hiro Hamada is a young genius struggling with life. He's graduated high school before hitting puberty, but is wasting his vast talents. His brother, Tadashi, gets him excited about his school, but is killed in a terrible accident. Hiro befriends Tadashi's creation, an inflatable robot named Baymax, and the two investigate the persons responsible. When the killer, the mysterious Yukai, reveals that he controls powerful technology stolen from Hiro, the boy is forced to turn his friends into a team of superheroes to battle this new threat.

Story

San Fransokyo Promo BH6

In the city of San Fransokyo, there is illegal bot fighting going on. A young boy named Hiro Hamada approaches the reigning champion offering a handful of money to fight. Hiro's robot is easily overpowered, but offers more money to fight again. This time his small robot reveals that it purposely fell apart, as it is made of magnets, and easily defeats the champion robot. The champion pays up before having his thugs teach Hiro a lesson.

Tadashi Hamada arrives on his motorcycle and saves him, while berating his thirteen year-old brother for wasting his talent. While fleeing, the two are caught by the police along with all the robot fighters.

The brothers are freed by their Aunt Cass and taken home. Tadashi further berates his brother for being a genius who already graduated high school but does little more than bot fighting. Hiro ignores him and finds another bot fight across the city. Tadashi relents that if he cannot stop Hiro he can at least protect him and drive him there.

Tadashi stops at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology on the premise of picking something up. While there, Hiro meets Tadashi's friend and schoolmates Wasabi, GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, and school mascot Fred. Hiro sees the amazing gadgets each of them, except Fred, have come up and is amazed. In Tadashi's lab, Hiro sees his brother's experiment: an inflatable nursing robot named Baymax. He then meets Professor Robert Callaghan, who invented the technology Hiro uses for his battle bot. Hiro forgets the bot battle and vows to attend the institute.

Tadashi tells him that the institute is having a recruiting event where potential students have an opportunity to impress Callaghan. Hiro is stuck thinking of a new idea, before Tadashi advises him to think outside the box. Tadashi and his friends help Hiro with his idea. He arrives at the event where many wannabe students are showing their ideas. Hiro reveals his: microbots that are controlled by a headband. He amazes everyone in the room with his microbots, which can do anything his imagination can think of. Afterwards, Alistair Krei approaches Hiro wanting to buy the microbots design. Callaghan approaches advising against it saying that Krei has been known to cut corners with science. Hiro decides against the sale, and Callaghan offers him a place in the school.

As they are leaving, Tadashi and his friends say how proud they are of Hiro. Suddenly, the institute bursts into flames and a woman says that Callaghan is still inside. Tadashi runs inside, but the building explodes killing everyone still inside. Later, a memorial outside the burnt remains is placed for those who lost their lives and a funeral is held for Tadashi. Tadashi's friends, who grew close to Hiro, come over to the Hamada home after the funeral, but leave Hiro alone in his room, which he had shared with his brother.

Cass's attempt to comfort him ends in vain. Hiro throws away his institute invitation then stubs his toe, accidentally activating Baymax. Baymax tries to comfort Hiro, as per his programming, but the boy tries to get him to go away claiming that it is not a physical pain. Baymax scans everything he can on emotional pain and offers to help, but again Hiro refuses wanting to be alone. Hiro then notices that one of his microbots is moving. He thinks it is damaged since all the others as well as the controller were destroyed in the fire. Baymax offers to find where the microbot is going if it will help Hiro. Hiro agrees, not realizing that Baymax is taking him literally and leaves.

Hiro follows the robot out as he navigates the city. He catches up to the robot outside an empty warehouse, and finally realizes that the microbot really is going somewhere specific. They sneak in, though Baymax is overly loud about it, and find that someone has duplicated the microbots en masse. Suddenly the microbots activate and attack the two. They see a man wearing black in a kabuki mask controlling them. While escaping, Baymax is damaged protecting Hiro.

They go to the police, but the officer taking their report fails to take Hiro seriously. Hiro tries to get Baymax to help him, but the robot suffers a low battery. They return home and Hiro tries to hide his actions from Cass by saying he finally attended the institute. Baymax becomes entertained by Cass's cat Mochi. Hiro realizes that the mysterious man, Yukai, stole his technology and set the fire killing his brother. He decides to upgrade Baymax with powerful armor and downloads karate moves into a chip that he inserts into Baymax, next to a chip Tadashi made for his nursing programming.

Hiro decides to go after Yukai using Baymax. However, the robot calls Hiro's friends to come over and comfort him, but Hiro leaves. They return to the warehouse, but it is empty. They follow his single microbot to the docks where they lose it when Yukai comes comes. While trying to avoid being seen, they are found by Hiro's friends. They try to comfort him, while asking what he is doing to Baymax. Just then, Yukai attacks and the friends are forced to flee. Baymax tries to fight, but is easily overpowered. When Wasabi fails to follow proper car chase protocol by following proper driving law, GoGo takes over driving. Unfortunately, they plunge into the water and Yukai believes them to be dead. Baymax sheds his heavy armor and floats the five humans to the surface.

Fearing for their lives, they follow Fred to his home which is an enormous mansion. They realize that Baymax scanned Yukai for medical analysis and they can find him by scanning the everyone in the city. Inside, Fred expresses his love of superheroes, which convinces Hiro to make them into a team. Honey Lemon uses her chemistry knowledge to make a purse that creates a wide variety of substances. GoGo uses her electromagnetic knowledge to make her into an advanced skater. Wasabi uses his lasers to create powerful gauntlets. Fred gets his dream of being a powerful monster, with a monster suit. Meanwhile, Hiro makes an armor for himself and a more advanced armor for Baymax.

Each demonstrate their armor on Fred's family butler before Hiro takes Baymax for a flight. After some struggling, Hiro learns how to properly control Baymax. On a stop on the Golden Gate Bridge, Baymax realizes that flying is helping Hiro and continues. Atop a blimp, Baymax scans the city and finds a match for Yukai.

Baymax flies the team out to the island where Yukai was found. They enter an empty lab filled with destroyed equipment. They find security footage of Krei running a teleportation experiment. There was a warning, but Krei felt the anomaly was within parameters and continued with sending a female pilot into the portal. However, something went wrong and the woman disappeared when the portal collapsed. The team think that Krei is Yukai, just then they are attacked by the villain.

The team attacks, but they start getting in each others' way. Eventually Baymax knocks Yukai down and the mask falls off. Hiro sees Yukai stir and sees that it is actually Callaghan. Hiro realizes that Tadashi died trying to save a man who caused the thing that killed him. Hiro orders Bayamx to destroy Callaghan, but the robot refuses as he cannot hurt a human being. He removes Tadashi's nursing chip which allows Baymax to easily attack. The team tries to stop Baymax from murdering Callaghan and Honey replaces the chip. Callaghan escapes and the team berates Hiro for his actions. The boy flies off with Baymax angry that he didn't get his revenge.

He returns home where he yells at Baymax, who refuses to let him remove the chip again. Baymax shows him video of Tadashi building Baymax and Hiro decides against killing Callaghan. The rest of the team return and once more help. They watch more footage and realize that the pilot killed in the portal experiment was actually Callaghan's daughter, Abigail, and that he wants revenge against Krei.

In the city, Krei is opening a new building when Callaghan attacks. He captures Krei, revealing his identity, then shows a new portal device. He intends to activate it destroying the building and killing Krei. Krei tries to apologize, but Callaghan just wants blood. The team attacks Callaghan but are overpowered. Hiro explains that they need to think outside their boxes and each overcome their circumstances. Hiro realizes that they could use the portal to destroy the microbots rendering Callaghan powerless. They distract the vengeful professor and gradually destroy the microbots. Eventually Baymax crushes the mask.

Unfortunately, the portal will not shut down. The team flees, but Baymax detects life inside the portal. Hiro realizes that Abigail is still alive inside the portal. He flies Baymax inside and finds the pod with her inside. They fly back trying to get out before the portal collapses. However, a piece of building debris intercepts them and Baymax protects Hiro and the pod.

His armor is badly damaged and the thrusters no longer work. In order to save both the humans, Baymax decides to use his rocket fist to thrust the two out. Hiro says he could think of some way, but Baymax knows that they do not have the time. In order to save them, Hiro has to say that he is fine with his treatment. Hiro reluctantly agrees and he and Abigail are propelled out of the portal. He watches Baymax float in the void eventually going out of sight.

Abigail is awoken and saved. She is taken away while her father is arrested. The team, whose identities are unknown, are praised as heroes. Hiro begins attending the institute and takes over his brother's lab. He looks at Baymax's gauntlet, and finds that Tadashi's chip is inside. Hiro builds himself a new Baymax, just like the original.

The team navigate their way through the city, now dubbed Big Hero 6.

Some time later, Fred is in his mansion staring at a painting of him and his parents, missing his father who is always away. He touches the painting revealing a hidden door. Inside he finds a room filled with various suits. As he looks around, his father appears in the door. The two share a moment as they realize they share the same thoughts on wearing underwear.

Quotes

"Welcome to nerd school, nerd."

-Tadashi Hamada

"This may undermine my non-threatening, huggable design."

-Baymax

"Stop whining. Woman up!"

-GoGo Tomago

Trivia

  • Producer John Lasseter rose to fame working with Pixar Animation Studios, which is located just across the bay from San Francisco.
  • In the teaser trailer, Hiro uses a laptop with a glowing logo on the back similar to one by Apple. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs also co-founded Pixar Animation Studios. Disney bought Pixar in 2006. Additionally, Pixar was originally the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm, which was also purchased by Disney in 2012.
  • There are over two-hundred individual signs seen around San Fransokyo.
  • The logo on Tadashi's hat is a Japanese altered version of the San Francisco 49ers logo.
  • Cass has a Maneki-neko over the door of the restaurant. Called a "lucky cat" in English, they are a Japanese figurine intended to bring good luck to the owner.
  • The song Eye of the Tiger plays when Hiro is stuck thinking of ideas. The song was written for Rocky III. The ending to Hulk vs Wolverine was inspired by that film.
  • Honey Lemon, Wasabi, and GoGo all had their own booths at the science fair. Honey Lemon had a chemcial barista station, Wasabi had disinfectant gloves, and GoGo showed off her magnetic bike.
  • Yokai is Japanese for spirit or phantom.
  • There are a number of parallel scenes between Hiro and Tadashi as well as Hiro and Baymax.
    • Tadashi teaches Hiro the fist bump that Hiro teaches Baymax.
    • Hiro sees his reflection while riding with Tadashi then sees his reflection while riding Baymax.
    • Tadashi saves Hiro by pulling his hoodie at the Bot Fight and Baymax saves Hiro by pulling the hoodie to stop him from falling into the bay.
  • Baymax's transformation into a superhero mirrors the first Iron Man film. Both first use a monochrome armor before using a predominantly red armor. Both of their first flights are similarly full of crashes, near hits, and struggles.
  • T. J. Miller plays a film fan who loves monster movies and becomes a giant monster via armor. Miller rose to fame in Cloverfield where he played the cameraman recording his friends' journey through a giant monster attack.
  • There is a Hidden Mickey on a storage container when Hiro and Baymax go to the docks.
  • There is another Hidden Mickey on Hiro's superhero boots.
  • Similar to Ultimate Avengers, the name of the team is not revealed until the very end. Both films do not actually state the name, it is only read.
  • During the credits, Fred is seen eating cereal out of a bread bowl. San Francisco is famous for its sourdough bread bowls, usually for soup.
  • The second Marvel animated movie to feature a post-credits scene after Hulk vs Wolverine, which has become standard for their live-action features.
  • At 108 minutes, the film is the longest Marvel animated feature. Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned comes in second with 94 minutes.
  • The movie currently has the designation of Earth-14123 in the Marvel Multiverse.

Goofs

  • Yukai has shown he can use the microbots in the water, yet he fails to ensure that the people he is trying to kill have truly drowned.

Continuity

  • First appearance of Big Hero 6, Hiro [Takachiho], Baymax, GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Wasabi-No-Ginger, and Fredzilla outside the comics.
  • Honey Lemon's smartphone case is Nick Wilde from Zootopia.
  • Hiro has a Wreck-It Ralph action figure on his desk and a Cy-Bug and Hero's Duty figure in his room from Wreck-It Ralph. Fred also has a Cy-Bug on his shelf.
  • When Hiro talks to the police officer there is a wanted poster for Hans, the villain from Disney's previous movie Frozen.[1]
  • The police officer has a picture of Ester and Bolt from Bolt.
  • Aunt Cass has a picture of her cat dressed like Stitch from Lilo & Stitch.
  • During the car chase, there is graffiti featuring two Greek letters that come out to mean "feast" as well as paw prints, referencing the short Feast that showed before the movies.[2]
  • During the first flight, a ship used in Frozen is in the Bay.
  • Olaf from Frozen is on the streets during the first flight.
  • During the first flight, there is a poster for Zootopia, Disney's following movie.
  • A statue of Hans appears at Fred's mansion and is destroyed by the first rocket fist.[3]
  • One of the Snowgies in the short Frozen Fever has eyes like Baymax.[4]
  • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, one of the artificial intelligence chips, similar to Baymax's memory chip, says Tadashi.
  • In the film Zootopia, Chief Bogo has a calendar with a picture of San Fransokyo.
  • In the film Zootopia, Nick and Finnick's van has a Baymax antenna ball.
  • In the film Zootopia, the pirated movies are all animal versions of Disney films, with this one becoming Pig Hero 6 and features Baymax with a pig face.
  • In the film Moana, one of the kakamora has Baymax's face.[5]
  • The movie will be followed by the animated series Big Hero 6.

Cast

Actor Role
Ryan Potter Hiro Hamada
Scott Adsit Baymax
T. J. Miller Fredzilla
Jamie Chung GoGo Tomago
Damon Wayans, Jr. Wasabi-No-Ginger
Genesis Rodriguez Honey Lemon
Maya Rudolph Aunt Cass
Alan Tudyk Alistair Krei
James Cromwell Yokai/Robert Callaghan
Daniel Henney Tadashi Hamada
Stan Lee Fred's Father
Hello Baymax Poster BH6

In an interview with Bostinno, T. J. Miller confirmed he was voicing a character, the first confirmed actor.[6] Rotoscoppers later confirmed he was playing Fred, a weird and quirky filmmaker. Miller said of the role, "I'm in Disney's 'Big Hero 6,' which will be their big release this Thanksgiving. It ranges, usually it’s the stoner-slacker, or you know, a guy who is very immature. Immature but confident." Fred originally volunteered to be a test subject for the the robot experiments by Tadashi, but then stuck around to help the Tech Lab research team with their projects. Miller confirmed the role on his Twitter page, though since removed the tweet.[7]

Jamie Chung's biography on NBC's website was changed to include the film on her upcoming projects. While it was since taken down it can still be seen in Google Cache.[8] It was rumored she would play GoGo Tomago, which was later confirmed by Disney.[9]

The day after Chung's announcement, The Wrap revealed that Maya Rudolph had signed on for a lead role. The site reached out to Disney, but the representative did not respond for a comment.[10] On July 13th, 2014 USA Today revealed she would play Aunt Cass, Hiro's guardian.

On July 13th, 2014 Walt Disney officially announced the main cast.[11]

Hall said of the cast, "We've got a lot of characters in this movie, so the voices had to all be really distinctive. At the same time, we had to have really great actors who could ground the characters so they wouldn't sound too one-note."[12]

In regards to Potter, Hall stated that he was unfazed by the marathon recording sessions. "That's really hard to fake. You can't ask a middle-aged person to act like a teenager."

Potter had read the original comic series before going into the audition and collected every issue. He compared Hiro to a young Tony Stark. "Tony's got experience, but Hiro’s really quick."[13]

Director Williams said that Adsit had such sharp timing "there are moments when there's real emotion that seems to poke through without breaking the rules of Baymax being a robot."[14] Adsit had to give a lot of emotion in a narrow framework in order to prevent Baymax from turning into HAL 9000.[15] For a scene where Baymax was low on battery power, acting similarly to being drunk, Adsit had a difficult time because he had only been drunk once in his life.[16] He kept asking if his drunkenness was robotic enough, and the producers responded to just be drunk. When asked about where the "hairy baby" line came from, Adist said that was purely the writers.

Hall called Go Go Tomago a Clint Eastwood type combined with an industrial-engineering student. He said, ""The rest of the team are pretty hapless initially. She's the only one who can take care of herself."

Tomago means egg in Japanese. Because of that, visual development artists Lorelay Bove suggested that GoGo have a yellow outfit.

Williams stated that Rodriguez is smart and studied science and robots in school. Hall said, "She brings some of that goofy, slightly geeky but joyful thing to the character."

Wayans said of his character, "Reluctant heroes aren't too big in America. Spider-Man loves being Spider-Man. They all like being cool. He doesn't like being cool."

For Rudolph, Hall said that she matched the "fun, kooky energy" of the character while also being able to be Hiro's guardian since she is a mother. "Even though you're laughing and having a good time, you're connecting with her and what she's going through. That's important for a superhero movie to have those moments."

The cast would often improvise during recordings, especially Adsit. Potter said of his co-star, "When Scott does an improvised line, he goes 'All right, I’m gonna give you guys an all.' I didn't realize I was supposed to do that. I would say my line, then just fire off a bunch more and go 'Okay, good, we got it. [I know] it sounds like a hokey actor thing to say, but every single day I went in, it was just a phenomenal film to work on, and the crew was amazing. I mean I just went in and had fun, it didn't feel like work. There were moments where it is hard work, but every moment was just a lot of fun."

Story artist Kendelle Hoyer, who worked with Hall as a writer on Winnie the Pooh, was the one who suggested Moochie. She suggested that the Tadashi family should have a pet and drew a cat on all her storyboards.

As has become the standard for Marvel-based movies, even those characters he has not had a direct hand in creating, Stan Lee appears in a cameo as Fred's father.

Crew

Person Position
Don Hall
Chris Williams
Directors
Don Hall
Jordan Roberts
Writers
Roy Conli
Kristina Reed
Producers
Steven T. Seagle
Duncan Rouleau
Based on the comic Big Hero 6 by
Henry Jackman Composer
Walt Disney Animation Studios Production Company
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Distributor

Hall and Williams stated in an interview that their favorite scene in the movie was the scene dubbed "First Flight." Hall said that it went "deep into the wish fulfillment of why I wanted to make this movie in the first place. It's a critical scene for Hiro and Baymax's relationship. They are starting to really bond emotionally. Hiro, for a moment, isn't thinking about the loss of his brother, he's on a thrilling ride thanks to Baymax — but the scene is layered with meaning. There is a scene early in the movie where you see Hiro on the back of his brother's scooter, seeing himself and his brother in a reflection as the bike flies over a hurdle in the street. In 'First Flight,' you see Hiro seeing himself in a skyscraper reflection flying on Baymax's back. The scooter's color is the same red as Baymax's suit in the flying sequence. That brief second with Hiro and Baymax is pure exhilaration." Williams added "The scene resolves once the kinetic thrill ride is finished and Hiro and Baymax are sitting on top of a wind turbine. It's a quiet, sweet, intimate scene. that's the moment where the audience really invests in them as a duo on an emotional level. You realize how much they love each other."[17]

Hall approached Man of Action Studios at San Diego Comic Con to tell them that he was working on the Big Hero 6 film. However, as production began Man of Action was not brought in to help with the film. It wasn't until they were involved with Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble that Joe Quesada got Disney to have Man of action to come in and see what was going on. Ultimately, besides getting a created by credit no one from Man of Action was involved with the film. They did become upset that behind-the-scenes material for the movie, like an artbook and bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD, did not mention their contributions to the comics and rather focused entirely on the film's production. They took umbrage with the idea that Disney started with a "blank slate" since they created the characters and feel that Disney ultimately used.[18]

Chris Claremont and David Nakayama were the ones who came up with the characters of Wasabi-No-Ginger and Fredzilla, though neither are given credit in the film.

Production

Big Hero 6 Logo

Big Hero 6 was a series started by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in 1998. The two currently work as part of Man of Action on Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble. The series only lasted a total of thirteen issues.[19]

After Disney's purchase of Marvel, many within the company began looking through Marvel's history for projects to work on in an effort to revitalize the Disney brand. Director Don Hall said, "I was looking for something on the obscure side, which would give us more license to make it our own."[20]

The film went into production after Disney's Frozen for a 2014 release. Don Hall approached John Lasseter and proposed the project. Lasseter approved the project for development. The director pitched the idea along with four others, but this was the only to go through. They felt that the elements of a child hero and humor fit within Disney.

The obscurity of the piece allowed Hall to interpret and revise various elements of the comics.[21]

Joe Quesada stated, "The storytelling aspects are very frenetic, very visceral. It takes tropes of Japanese culture, manga, anime. There are giant dinosaurs that invade a city, big robots, youth fashion, cutesy stuff in the vein of Hello Kitty."

Big Hero 6 Logo 2

In the comics, Big Hero 6 is a superhero team formed by the Japanese government, similar to the Avengers. The original six members of the team were Sunfire, Silver Samurai, Hiro, Honey Lemon, Baymax, and GoGo Tomago. Later members included Ebon Samurai, Sunpyre, Wasabi-No-Ginger, and Fredzilla. However, rights to Sunfire, Silver Samurai, and most likely Sunpyre belong to Fox as part of the X-Men-related characters and likely would not be included in a Marvel-Disney production. Silver Samurai already appeared in the film The Wolverine. Though it should be noted that the character of Quicksilver has appeared in both the Fox-owned X-Men: Days of Future Past and Disney-owned Avengers: Age of Ultron[22], hinting that the two studios are willing to share characters.

The story was based on Chris Claremont's six issue miniseries. That series did not include Silver Samurai and Sunfire largely avoiding issues with the characters' film rights.

The film was formally announced on May 9, 2013 for a November 7, 2014 release date.[23]

Kristina Reed produced the film. [24]

On December 31, 2013 The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Chris Williams would join Hall as co-director while Roy Conli would be a producer. Williams previously co-wrote and co-directed Bolt while also writing Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove, and Brother Bear. Conli previously produced Tangled and Treasure Planet. [25]

In an interview with Yahoo, Hall said that while the live-action Marvel films always try to stay true to the comic books, Big Hero 6 was free to think outside the box. He claimed that it was less "based on" and more "inspired by." Hall stated that it would be its own universe and not connected to the other films "There's no Iron Man or anybody like that. It's a world of our own design." While he did consult with the people at Marvel he did not feel restricted by the comics. "Really they've given us free rein to take this and make it our own."

In the same interview, co-director Williams admitted that they did not believe the title itself would draw attention. "I think what Don saw was this really special relationship between the boy and the robot that could really lend itself to a Disney movie." [26]

Williams stated that at no point was the film considered to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that comprises live-action films and series. According to Hall, when they sat down to discuss the film Marvel said "You guys should just take this and go. We’d like to see what you do with it." Both sides agreed that it would be good to see something inspired by Marvel but made into its own. Williams feared that trying to adhere to the Marvel world would have made the movie too tangled.[27]

Zach Parrish, head of animation, said of the relationship between Hiro and Tadashi, "Tadashi is a rock who grounds Hiro. His design reinforces that."[28]

Hiro Puts On Gauntlet BH6 Teaser

Hall claimed that the relationship between Hiro and Baymax is the heart of the movie. He noted that Hiro magnetically connects to Baymax with a glove so they can tag-team. Hall said, "They're symbiotic in that way."

In an interview, Adsit that the film was originally focused more on the team of superheroes and gradually moved towards the relationship between Hiro and Baymax. "Baymax really kind of caught on with test audiences, and so he kind of became the center of the film in a way. Although, there are many different facets to the feature, and the team is half of what the story's about. The other half is Hiro overcoming some grief, and Baymax helping him through that. But then [the film] expands out into the six of them and becomes really exciting."

Hall noted that the comic was a love-letter to Japanese culture and wanted an anime influence and Asian flavor to the movie. He also wanted to honor the Disney legacy while also giving the movie a personality of its own with a cinematic look and scientific theme. He pointed out that the team are all super-nerds not superheroes like the Avengers. He said, "No one's a god, like Thor, and there's no super-soldier serum or anything like that. It's all their brains and tech. It became really, really interesting in immersing ourselves in the tech world right now and leveraging that into superpowers. At every turn we try to give the audience something they haven't seen before." Williams added, "Working here at Disney animation, it's easy for us to connect to nerdy types. In our building, we have a few - ourselves included. There's certainly a lot of inspiration all around us."[29]

Hall went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he learned about inflatable robots, and came up with the design for Baymax. He wanted a different look than previous film robots. While visiting the Disney research team at Carnegie Mellon University, a student proposed the idea for inflatable robots and Hall realized it would work best in the medical industry. Baymax was always meant as a means for Hiro to heal after his brother left, the specific use came from the research team.

The look of Baymax was inspired by the designs of Hayao Miyazaki. The face was designed after a Suzu, a traditional Japanese bell director Hall saw in a temple in Tokyo.[30]

The directors had difficulty finding the balance between action and humor. It is a superhero movie, but at the same time the directors wanted it to stand the test of time like the Disney movies that came before. They focused on the emotional aspect feeling that is what would resonate fifty years after the film was released.

Writers Robert Baird wanted to make the relationship between Hiro and Tadashi seem more authentic. John Lasseter, who has five boys, told him that brothers tend to be physical. It was story artists Marc Smith and John Ripa who came up with the idea of the fist bump. Smith and Ripa came up with several ideas and it was Ripa who came up with the "fist-splosion" that ultimately ended up in the film. Head of story Paul Briggs filmed the meeting, embarrassing the two when they remembered. Scott Adsit did several variations before doing the finalized "balalalala." They initially thought it was too weird to use. Editor Tim Mertens presented the line to the directors along with the others. Playing for the group, he and the others burst out laughing. Baird stated that all the balalalala's were the same recording as were all repeated lines, as a robot would do. It inadvertently became tied into the tragic ending since all Hiro had of the original Baymax was his fist. Following the release, Baird noticed children doing the fist-splosion at a little league game.[31]

Writer Dan Gerson said of Fred, "I love characters like Fred... He’s the dirtiest, grungiest, slacker-est member of the team..."[32] The look was his room was a "nerd's paradise." Don Hall said, "We basically took the average cubicle here at Disney and multiplied it by a thousand."

Conceptual art by Mingjue Helen Chen, Ryan Lang, Scott Watanabe, Michael Yamada, and Jin Kim showed several early ideas, many that ultimately did not make it into the film.[33]

  • Hiro putting rocket boots on Cass's cat, called Mochi, as part of "sweet-but-semi-useless innovations." The Japanese marketing team loved the concept and used it to pitch the movie, despite the scene already having been taken out.
  • Baymax wearing his first grey armor to fight a sumo wrestler. Lang said, "This was an concept piece I did for a moment that was in an earlier version of the movie, but this image ended up in the 'art of' book. This was a fun piece. I actually named all the gangsters in the back based off of local/japanese food you can get in Hawaii, where I was born and raised. I think I was pushing for a late 70’s/ early 80’s vibe, which I thought would have been awesome. Think of an animated sci-fi superhero movie, in the period of American Hustle, and that’s what I was trying to get across."
Baymax Armor Early Concept BH6
  • A more fierce-looking version of Baymax armor that appears closer to the original comic book version and similar to Iron Man. Lang said, "Earlier in production, when the story is still being worked out, you can kind of pitch ideas. One of the ideas was that the microbots became their own entity, which Hiro and Baymax had to lure out of the city. This was when Baymax's design wasn't settled on, so I gave him some Gundam influence. None of this is in the film, and didn’t fit into the art book, so…… here it is."[34]
  • A commercial district inspired by the taxi sequence in the Tokyo-set film Lost in Translation.
  • Early design for the outfit worn by Abigail Callaghan, called the V-2 Encounter Suit, that also listed the function of each part.
  • Early designs for Abigail's Krei Tech pod.
  • A shadow looming over Hiro and the team.
  • Three geisha-looking woman standing in front of a Japanese temple.
  • Hiro in the city streets at night.
  • Hiro in the city streets during the day.[35]
  • A young Tadashi helping Hiro to build and paint a robot.[36]
  • Early designs for Baymax's recharging dock.[37]
  • Early designs of Fred's suit that is like a red Asian style dragon with his face visible through the mouth.[38]
  • Detailed inner workings of Baymax, briefly shown during the movie.[39]
  • An early look at the blend of Eastern and Western designs.[40]
  • An early design of Tadashi's lab.[41]
  • An early design of Fred's family mansion.[42]
  • Early sketch of a family picture with Cass, Tadashi, and Hiro.[43]
  • A design pass of Hiro's lab. It was intended that the mess had a sense of character and lived in look. They wanted contrasting shapes.[44]
  • Two versions of Baymax emerging from the recharging case. The first is as it appears in the film where Baymax emerges from the separate case and walks out of it. The second is the case becoming a backpack and is part of him. The sketch also shows his internal design.[45]

Williams revealed in an interview that there were plenty of cameos and references to other Disney films as well as Marvel characters, something common in recent features from both studios. In fact, they had to tell the artists to "knock it off." Hall said that Marvel allowed them to reference what he called "Z level characters" in the film as Easter eggs. He said most were in Fred's room. Williams said that the cameos were "very obscure." He and Hall had to limit the number of references in the film. "It got to the point where Don and I are feeling like this is getting to be too much, too distracting. So we stopped them and then actually pulled a couple things out. But at the same time, we did have a lot of references to Disney animated movies and Marvel movies.[46]

The film wrapped production on August 11th, 2014.[47] It took about three and a half years to complete. Quite short for most animated features, which averages about five years.

It's production budget is estimated to be at $165 million.

Williams, Hall, and Conli knew there was a lot of pressure for the movie following the success of Frozen. Hall said at the 87th Academy Awards, "Can we finally say that we did feel pressure. Because we’ve been saying that we didn’t." He added, "We were all thrilled by the success of Frozen because we all kind of work on each other’s films. Chris actually storyboarded on Frozen and did the voice of Oaken. We all contributed, just like Chris [Buck] and Jen [Lee], the directors of that movie contributed, giving us notes and stuff like that. We all have ownership over everybody’s films." Conli stated, "We have such a team at Disney animation right now. It's an amazing team that works together on every project. I looked at [Frozen] as just an inspiration."[48]

Animation

The film was animated by the Walt Disney Animation Studios in computer generated imagery and presented in 3D.

Bridge Promo BH6

In regards to the design, Hall stated, "Marvel properties take place in the real world. We were looking for something to do where we could make our own world, bring in the Japanese influences, have recognizable landmarks mashed up with a Japanese aesthetic." [49] San Fransokyo is a combination of real life locations Tokyo in Japan and San Francisco in California. The Big Hero 6 team is based in Tokyo while the X-Men, some of which served on the team, were briefly based in San Francisco.

The producers went to the United States Geological Survey to get details about the geography of San Francisco for the city as well as the city's assessors' office to get details on the buildings.

The production team took several research trips to San Francisco. On several trips they paid particular attention the lighting as the city has specific lighting due to the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay as well as the city's infamous fog.

Production designer Paul Felix stated "It’s important for San Fransokyo to feel like the right size and scale."[50]

The San Francsokyo Institute's location is in the Presidio. It is a former military base that now is a national recreation area with college-like atmosphere. It is also the home of Disney subsidiary Lucasfilm.

Zach Parrish, head of animation, said that each character has a different shape to match their personality. For example, Wasabi is a rectangle, Honey Lemon is a tall straight line, and Fred is a triangle.[51]

In order to create the robotic movements of Baymax, the animators abandoned the traditional notions of animation characters. For example, Baymax raises his hand then proceeds to wave rather than doing it in one smooth motion. They said of the concept that they "automated not animated."[52] The way he walks was based on baby penguins and a baby with a full diaper.

It was John Lasseter who put forth the idea that Baymax's butt would knock over books trying to squeeze by the bed after he was activated.[53]

Much like Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmatians, nothing is perfectly straight and everything is offset to give the world a lived-in feeling.

The "nerd lab" was based on the real robotics labs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Art Center College of Design.

The portal is actual fractals patterns, infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales.

Disney Animation spent 39,000 hours developing the computer program called Hyperion (unrelated to the superhero of the same name) that made the movie possible. The software simulates the physics of light making animation look more lifelike or even giving it an otherworldly look. Dan Sarto of Animation World Network said that the software would revolutionize computer animation, "It's a major step for [Disney animators]. They are only as good as the tools they allow their artists to use." It was developed because the animation executives at Disney did not feel that any of the existing programs available was advanced enough to create the world of Big Hero 6 that was envisioned. Roy Conli said, ""We wanted to make sure we could get the air and light of San Francisco. I lived there years ago as a student, and I just remember the skies." Disney Animation Chief Technology Officer Andy Hendrickson said that without Hyperion the film would not have delivered the director's vision.

Before the development of this software, the trajectory of each ray of light had to be individually tracked. Calculation of each light became challenging the most light sources and reflective surfaces were in a frame. Hendrickson said, "When you shoot [lights] into scenes, they can split into thousands of rays. Does it reflect right back if it came off a mirror? Does it scatter? Does it pick up the color of the object? You end up running out of computing power."

Development of the software took two and a half years and started by software engineer Brent Burley. He organized large groups of light rays into bundles to allow a computer to more efficiently handle the calculations of their trajectories. This allowed more lighting sources and could add nuance to their depiction. He proposed the theory for the software to Disney in November of 2011. The software was developed entirely in-house without outside programmers. Hyperion was in started when Big Hero 6 was already in development and only completed in July 2014. If the software had not worked the film would have to been delayed. Sarto said, "This was a big risk. But it will pay off for them. A tool like this allows them to spend more time art directing how the film is going to look."

Disney Animation built a supercomputer to render the film. It is the same size as the supercomputers at Japan's University of Tsukuba Center for Computational Sciences and National Super Computer Center in Hunan, China. Wilfred Pinfold, a super computer expert, said of the supercomputers, "They actually run quite complex physics models. If you actually run a physics model, you can sort of judge the math and … things are much more realistic." The animators monitored the rendering, in case of a glitch, from the company's coffee bar known as the Caffeine Patch that had a monitor showing the supercomputer's performance. They could also monitor the progress at home through a website. Director of Lighting Adolph Lusinsky admitted that he and several others struggled to not watch the monitor while at at the Caffeine Patch. Conli stated, "We held to our schedule and I trusted that Andy and the team were going to get it done."

The software was also used for Feast and is currently being used for Disney's next film Zootopia and the short Frozen Fever.[54]

Despite the constant oversight, animation errors still occurred. Sometimes, the animators would do alternate takes to be silly. Several were collected into a blooper reel.[55]

Some animators being silly moments include:

  • Replacing Bayamx's head with Moochie's during the first flight.
  • A general's uniform dissolving when Callaghan confronts Krei during the test.
  • Baymax with a chef's hat on his head and acting like the Pillsbury Doughboy when Hiro pokes his stomach.
  • Baymax's head remodeled to look like Olaf from Frozen.

Some computer mistakes include:

  • Fred and Wasabi's heads becoming removed from their bodies when they emerge from the water, as well as Wasabi's hair standing on end.
  • Tadashi's shirt coming through his jacket when he grabs Hiro's hood.
  • Callaghan's skin disappearing when Baymax takes the mask off.

Music

See also Big Hero 6 Soundtrack.

Henry Jackman composed the musical score for the movie. Jackman did previous Marvel movies X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as previous Disney movies Winnie the Pooh (directed by Hall) and Wreck-It Ralph.

The band Fall Out Boy created a song specifically for the film titled Immortals. The band's previously composed song My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up) was used in the trailers.[56]

The song Eye of the Tiger is used, very briefly, when Hiro is stuck thinking of an idea.

Teaser Trailer

In a style started by Pixar Animation Studios, Disney released a teaser trailer that shows two characters from the film in a situation that is representative of the film but not an actual scene. A twenty-second sneak peak for the teaser was released on May 21, 2014.[57] The following day, Disney released the teaser trailer for Big Hero 6.

Hiro Laptop BH6 Teaser

At the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Hiro activates his computer. He draws a helmet on his Krei Tech laptop then expands the image with his fingers to enlarge it. He continues drawing until it is a fully drawn robot. He drags his finger down to give the drawing a red and blue color scheme. He puts it into different fighting poses. He says "Yes!" just before hearing a noise.

He looks up to see Baymax waddle in. It stops near a soccer ball then blinks at him. Hiro looks down at his drawing then lowers the laptop to compare it to Baymax. He lifts it up and down a few more times to see how the two size up. Baymax looks down at the ball then reaches for it. However, its foot rolls it forward. It chases after the ball but its feet keep knocking it away.

Hiro Makes Gauntlet BH6 Teaser

Hiro looks down at his drawing then presses a button to create it. Lasers then cut apart a metal sheet. Hiro spins a button on his computer screen. Somewhere, a machine creates a metal disc. The golden disc is stamped down. Hiro watches at it creates an enormous gauntlet. When the machines finish he lifts it up. Later, Hiro shoves the gauntlet onto Baymax's arm but it does not fit right. He tries several times but Baymax's inflatable body keeps moving back. Hiro tries harder but Baymax is completely pushed back. Eventually Baymax is pushed against a wall and Hiro is able to get the gauntlet on.

Hiro Sees Baymax BH6 Teaser

Then, with Baymax on the ground Hiro shoves a boot on his leg. When Baymax stands, Hiro puts armor on its butt shocking the robot. Hiro runs at a sitting Baymax and gets the other boot on. He then forces the helmet onto the robot's head. Later, Hiro readies himself to put the abdominal armor on Baymax's bulging stomach. After much struggling, he is able to get it on. He falls down and Baymax looks at him. Eventually Hiro backs away excited that the armor is complete. He looks up to see the enormous Baymax standing tall. Hiro moves his arms up in a heroic pose. Baymax starts to imitate, but the armor quickly pops off in every direction. The ball rolls back over to it. Hiro looks frustrated while Baymax once again tries to get the ball.

Video

Comic

Marvel Comics will not be doing any tie-in to the film. Normally when a theatrical film is being released, Marvel will use the comics to promote the character(s). This includes giving the character greater prominence or featuring them in other comics. When they released their solicitations for November, there was no mention of any Big Hero 6 comics, re-releases, or inclusions in other series. A spokesman confirmed that the company had no plans for the property. The team last appeared in 2012 in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man. This may be due to Marvel not maintaining full financial participation over the property due to the partnership with Disney Animation. Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort has stated that they prioritize properties they have complete control over, choosing those they can get a greater percentage of the profits over others.[58] Several commentators feared that there was a rift developing between Marvel and Disney over the movie. At a preview screening, executive producer John Lasseter reassured the press that Disney has "worked very closely with Marvel" despite Disney being the sole producer and that the company has a "fantastic relationship" with Marvel.[59]

The film will be adapted into a Japanese manga by Japanese publisher Kodansha titled Baymax. Kodansha has an existing relationship with Disney havieng worked on adaptations of previous movies. It will be made by Haruki Ueno. The comic series will begin serialization on August 20th, 2014 and will reveal plot details to local Japanese audiences.[60]

Video Games

GameMill Entertainment developed a tie-in video game, Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay, for the film. It was released on October 28th, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS.[61]

On October 30th, 2014, Disney released the app Big Hero 6: Baymax Blast.[62]

Disney will release another app titled Big Hero 6: Bot Fight on November 3rd.[63]

Disney released an online Flash-based game titled Big Hero 6: Baymax Sky Patrol.

The designs of Baymax and Hiro will be used used in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.[64][65]

The designs of the characters are available for the game LittleBigPlanet 3. They can be downloaded individually or as a bundle titled Disney’s Big Hero Costume Pack.[66]

Kingdom Hearts III will feature a San Fransokyo level set after the events of the film. In the game, Sora will team up with Big Hero 6 while his enemies use the original Baymax lost in the void to make a Dark Baymax.[67]

Theme Park Ride

Tokyo Disneyland is planning a Big Hero 6 ride that will be a musical whip ride. The ride will be accompanied by an outer-space themed shop. It is planned to open in 2020.[68]

Release

The film premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 23rd, 2014. It also closed out the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on November 1st.[69]

The movie was released theatrically in the United States on November 7th, 2014 in regular theaters and 3D into 3,761 theaters[70], opening against Interstellar. It will be released in the United Kingdom on January 30th, 2015.

The film is preceded by the short film Feast.

The MPAA rated this film PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements.

In Japan, the film is titled Baymax.

Promotion

Footage was shown at New York Comic Con on October 9th, 2014 with a panel discussion.

Before its release, YouTube analytics company Strike Social reported that Big Hero 6 videos were getting more views than Interstellar with 20.5 million views. In a rare move, Disney did not pay to sponsor any content on the site. Strike CEO Patrick McKenna said that it was because Disney created several different channels that have become destinations for fans, while other movies tend to create channels just for the movie then have to drive audiences there.[71]

The week of the release, the site Rotten Tomatoes did a tongue-in-cheek "Five Favorite Films" feature with Baymax. He picked Disney's Dumbo saying "I would cry every time if I could cry," Babe saying "I'm a big James Cromwell fan," Being There saying "Such a pleasant man," It's a Wonderful Life saying "If robots needed inspiration, George Bailey would be an inspiration," and The Terminator saying "I love a good robot movie."[72]

Box Office

It opened in Russia and the Ukraine on October 24, 2014 earning five million dollars in its opening weekend.[73]

On Friday, November 11th, Big Hero 6 debuted to $15.8 million. However, it was beaten by Interstellar which got $17 million.[74] Based on this estimate, it was predicted that the film would reach just over $55 million for the weekend.[75]

In its first weekend, the film overtook estimations earning an estimated $56.2 million topping the weekend. Interstellar earned $50 million, which became the fourth time that two new movies earned over fifty million dollars at the box office in their opening weekend. Each previous time the animated film eventually came out on top over the live-action competition. The film was fifteen percent higher than previous Disney effort Wreck-It Ralph, which opened roughly the same time in 2012. Though it was done from Disney's previous film Frozen. There was an assumption that the success of Frozen would elevate Disney Animation to new levels, but Big Hero 6 proved that not to be true. It was the second highest animated debut of the year above How to Train Your Dragon 2, also featuring T. J. Miller, though behind The Lego Movie. It is quite rare for an original animated movie to debut over fifty million. If estimates of the weekend hold, it would end its run at over $215 million.[76]

The film remained number one throughout the first week, which included the federal holiday Veterans Day, getting a total of $75.6 million.

In its second weekend, Big Hero 6 took second place behind newly arrived sequel Dumb and Dumber To dropping only thirty-six percent to earn an estimated $34.7 million.[77] This took the ten-day total to $110.3 million. The drop was more than Wreck-It Ralph but similar to 2010's Megamind.[78] However, it was eighteen percent more than Wreck-It Ralph had earned at the same point.[79]

The same weekend marked a significant moment for Disney as, for the second time in its history, the company passed $4 billion at the box office.[80]

Internationally, in the same weekend the film opened in Mexico to $4.8 million, on par with Frozen. The debut in Malaysia and Singapore was the biggest opening ever for a Disney or Pixar animated film.

In its third weekend, the movie stayed in second place behind the newcomer The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the third film in a popular book adaptation. It earned $20.1 million getting a total of $135.7 million.[81][82]

The following week, the children's film Penguins of Madagascar opened drawing family business away from Big Hero 6. While it was low for being the the fourth in the popular Madagascar franchise, it was enough to push the Disney film down to third place for the week but second place to Mockingjay. Despite families being off and gathering together, the film only took fifth place on Thanksgiving behind Mockingjay, Penguins, newcomer Horrible Bosses 2, and Interstellar getting olny $3 million.[83] The film gave Penguins a run for its money as it dropped only six percent to a total of $18.8 million the entire weekend. It's total rose to $167.2 million domestically with an international total of $224.1 million.[84][85][86]

On December 21st, 2014, the film overtook the domestic box office of Wreck-It Ralph.[87]

In the week of Christmas, the film opened in Australia to $3.2 million and Brazil to $2.8 million for a total of $4.5 million with previews. It earned $17.2 million in Japan. This gave it a total of $120.9 million.[88]

The following week it dropped to twenty-third place with $684 thousand, the first time it earned under one million a week, giving it a total of $217.5 million.[89] The same weekend, the movie opened in South Korea and came in second behind local film Gangnam Blues with 24.6% of the ticket sales for a total gross of $6.32 million. The movie was particularly popular since Daniel Henney is well-known there because of his Korean descent.[90]

On February 2nd, 2015, Baymax maintained the top spot in Japan for the fifth weekend earning $3.1 million for a total of $64.3 million. It managed to hold off the release of local film Joker Game.[91]

The film opened in the United Kingdom on January 30th, 2015 against local film Kingsman: The Secret Service to five-hundred theaters. It took the top spot with $6.5 million.[92] That weekend, the movie earned $20.1 million across the thirty-seven territories it was playing in. This placed it fifteen percent lower than Frozen placing it at a total of $266.6 million.[93] In the United States, Big Hero 6 earned $683.8 thousand for a total of $217.5 million.[94]

In the weekend of February 6th, Big Hero 6 earned over one half billion dollars.[95] This was due to the highly successful run in Japan where it grossed 66.7 million. It's international run totaled $505.1 million.[96]

On February 16th, 2015 the film surpassed Beauty and the Beast to become the third highest domestic grossing Disney film behind only The Lion King and Frozen.[97]

On February 27th, the film opened in China. It's weekend total was $14.8 million.[98] The same weekend, the film was given a boost thanks to its Oscar win and reattained the first spot in Japan with $1.2 million.

On March 8th, 2015, the film became the twelfth film from 2014 to cross the $600 million mark internationally.[99] Most of the box office from that weekend was from China where it topped the box office.[100][101]

On March 15th, 2015, the film earned $633 million worldwide making it the number one animated film from 2014.[102]

Internationally, the film is the fourteenth highest grossing film of 2014 and the fourth highest that has yet to finish its theatrical run. This places it ahead of fellow Marvel movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and behind X-Men: Days of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the year's third-top grosser Guardians of the Galaxy.[103]

After it's run it ranked as the number two in animated science fiction behind fellow Disney-owned Pixar's WALL-E[104], number two in superhero comedies behind Pixar's The Incredibles[105], second highest from Walt Disney Animation Studios behind only Frozen[106], third all-time animated film[107], thirteenth from Marvel Comics[108], eighteenth comic book adaptation[109], nineteenth superhero film[110], and twenty-second in the field of animation[111].

Reception

Hiro Hugs Baymax II BH6

The film is getting very good reviews. It currently has a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes with one-hundred sixty-four reviews, one-hundred forty-five being fresh and nineteen being rotten. The average rating was 7.3 out of 10. The critical consensus states, "Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching." The movie has a 74 out of 100 on Metacritic.

Many of the reviewers shared the same thoughts, though some differing as to how good and bad the factors were. Baymax was almost universally praised for his design and relationship with Hiro. Many felt that the scenes between Hiro and Baymax were the highlight of the movie. The design, especially that of San Fransokyo, was widely praised for his combination of Eastern and Western designs. However, the characters of GoGo, Wasabi, Honey, and Fred were criticized for not having enough development. Almost all the critics point out that the story devolved into a generic action movie towards the end. It's been cited as a lesser effort from Disney and merely an okay superhero film.

Richard Corliss of Time magazine said that the team, besides Baymax and Hiro, were "rudimentary sketches of clumsy or foxy nerds" and claimed that Fred was a copy of Shaggy. He felt it was The Incredibles without the emotion. He also claimed the plot was generic. He did appreciate the twist with the father-figure Callaghan. He praised the design of the film, especially Baymax. He did not think it matched the quality of Disney's recent efforts. "But Big Hero 6 is sure to entertain millions of smart kids and their escort parents. They may all want Baymax as their personal caregiver."[112]

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three out of four stars calling it an animated gem. He praised Baymax saying he was impossible not to love and that the movie would be much less fun without him. He said the plot was familiar but had energy and style. He called the bonding of Hiro and Baymax pure pleasure, giving credit to the screenwriters for the respect to the characters. He didn't think it was as good as The Incredibles and WALL-E, but had plenty of humor and heart. "This one's a winner. And Baymax, baby, call your agent. You're about to be a household name."[113]

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club gave the movie a B- rating. He said it was a terrific animated film but a second-rate superhero flick. He compared Bayamx and his relationship to Hiro positively to the works of Hayao Miyazaki. However, he felt the showdown was derivative of the many live-action Marvel movies. He loved the design of Baymax and how he acted claiming he was a throwback to the playfulness of hand-drawn animation. He felt the movie lost what made it special when the team came together with all their powers.[114]

Keith Staskiewicz of Entertainment Weekly gave the movie a B+ rating. He felt the movie tried to implant the heart of a Pixar movie into the body of a Marvel property. He claimed that Baymax was adorable with great acting by Adsit, stealing the movie. He stated the scenes between Baymax and Hiro were the best, but became familiar to blockbuster fans once the climax started. He praised the movie for knowing when to focus on the emotion. "At times, Big Hero 6 gets a little too noisy for its own good, but that never manages to drown out its many quieter charms."[115]

Dana Stevens of Slate magazine claimed the movie would be good for grooming younger audiences for future comic book blockbusters, comparing it to a young version of Guardians of the Galaxy. She felt Baymax was the best part of the movie while claiming the rest of the movie was less-than-original like a lesser effort from Pixar. She praised the design of San Fransokyo as well as the first flight scene. She stated that it was better-than-average children's movie with cross-generational appeal. "These two entertainment behemoths may come at our progeny with their cute puffy arms extended for a hug, but they’re not planning on releasing them from that embrace anytime soon."[116]

James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the movie three out of four stars. He noted that it would not have the same impact as Disney's previous movie Frozen as there was nothing special about the origin story. He point out how this film and How to Train Your Dragon 2, like Bambi before them, taught children about death in a very real way. He enjoyed the way the story handled the balance between serious and humor. He felt the background elements like San Fransokyo were terrific, but countered that the foreground images were plain. He also claimed the 3D was serviceable. He also felt the cast was solid but unremarkable. "The film presents positive messages about the emptiness of revenge and the importance of friendship while offering an adventure designed for viewers too young for the more intense storytelling of The Avengers. The screenplay is smart enough to be considered adult-friendly. This isn't 'classic Disney' but it's an experience parents and children can enjoy together in the dark, and sometimes that's all one can ask of a big-budget animated film."[117]

Adam Graham of The Detroit News gave the movie a C- rating. He claimed it was friendship and action film that was lost in translation and it faltered as a superhero movie. He claimed that the Hiro-Baymax relationship was enough for the film but turned into a cluttered action film. He noted that the technical-themed heroes hit popular themes of mind over muscle, but the four friends were more like bit players rather than flushed-out characters. He felt the story was inconsistent and overly busy relying on a standard action climax detracting from the Baymax-Hiro relationship. He did appreciate the diversity and setting. "Kids will leave the theater wanting their own Baymax, and who can blame them? It’s the rest of the 'Heroes' that don’t measure up; the robot full of air is the most real thing in the movie."[118]

The Rotten Tomatoes audience rating for the movie is 92%, the average score being 4.4 out of 5. Metacritic users gave the movie a rating of 8.0. The rating on the Internet Movie Database is currently 8.0. The film scored big with fans who gave it an "A" CinemaScore.

Rotten Tomatoes ranks the film as the third highest animated movie of the year, behind The Lego Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2.[119]

On February 17th, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter ranked all the theatrical Marvel movies that had come out then, placing Big Hero 6 in tenth place. Their statement for the film was, "Didn't know this absolute charmer was a Marvel adaptation? Sure was, though the screenwriter reportedly avoided reading the source material in order to keep his take on it fresh. Calling it a superhero team pic is technically accurate, though the core story — of a grieving teen inventor and his emotionally sensitive robo-protector — feels more like a classic kids' movie that wins grown-up love as well."

Awards

Academy Awards

The film was submitted into consideration for the Best Animated Feature award at the 87th Academy Awards, which is hosted by Spider-Man: The New Animated Series actor Neil Patrick Harris.[120]

Big Hero 6 Oscar Win

On January 15th, 2015 the Academy announced their nominations. The winners were announced February 22nd, 2015. This is the first nominations for Hall and Conli and the second for Williams.[121] Big Hero 6 won[122] becoming the first superhero movie and first Marvel film to win an Academy Award in a creative category besides for a specific actor.

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Big Hero 6:
Don Hall
Chris Williams
Roy Conli
Won

Adoption at the Movie Awards

On February 17th, 2015 the Adoption at the Movie Awards announced their list of nominations and winners.[123]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Adoptive Parent or Adoptive Parent Figure Aunt Cass Nominated
Lost to Fish from The Boxtrolls
Best Animated Movie Big Hero 6 Won
Best Movie Big Hero 6 Won

American Cinema Editors

On January 2nd, 2015, the American Cinema Editors announced their nominations for the 65th Annual EDDIE Awards.[124] On January 30th, the winners were announced.[125]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Edited Animated Feature Film Tim Mertens Nominated
Lost to The Lego Movie editors David Burrows and Chris McKay

Annie Awards

On December 1st, 2014 Big Hero 6 got a total of seven nominations for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards.[126] The winners were announced during the ceremony on January 31st, 2015 in Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles campus. It garnered the third highest number of nominations following The Boxtrolls with thirteen and How To Train Your Dragon 2 with ten and tying with Song of the Sea.[127]

The film only won for Animated Effects in an Animated Production.[128]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Animated Feature Big Hero 6:
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Nominated
Lost to How to Train Your Dragon 2
Animated Effects in an Animated Production Michael Kaschalk
Peter DeMund
David Hutchins
Henrik Falt
John Kosnik
Won
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Shiyoon Kim
Jin Kim
Nominated
Lost to The Book of Life
Directing in an Animated Feature Production Don Hall
Chris Williams
Nominated
Lost to How to Train Your Dragon 2
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Marc E. Smith Nominated
Lost to How to Train Your Dragon 2
Writing in an Animated Feature Production Robert L. Baird
Daniel Gerson
Jordan Roberts
Nominated
Lost to The Lego Movie
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production Tim Mertens Nominated
Lost to How to Train Your Dragon 2

British Academy Film Awards

On January 8th, 2015, the British Academy Film Awards announced their nominations for the 68th British Academy Film Awards. The winners were announced February 9th, 2015.[129]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Animated Film Big Hero 6:
Don Hall
Chris Williams
Nominated
Lost to The Lego Movie

Broadcast Film Critics Association

The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, hosted by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, announced their winners on January 15th, 2015.[130]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Animated Film Big Hero 6 Nominated
Lost to The Lego Movie[131]

Cinema Audio Society

On January 13th, 2015, the 51st Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards announced their nominations.[132] The winners were announced February 16th.[133]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Motion Picture - Animated Big Hero 6:
Original Dialogue Mixer: Gabriel Guy
Re-recording Mixer: David E. Fluhr
Re-recording Mixer: Gabriel Guy
Scoring Mixer: Alan Meyerson
Foley Mixer: Mary Jo Lang
Won

Faith & Values Awards

On February 6th, 2015, the Movieguide Faith & Values Awards announced. Rather than choose a single winner, the awards lists several films to receive the award. Big Hero 6 was chosen along with Disney's Bears, Disney's Muppets Most Wanted, Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue, Dolphin Tale 2, God's Not Dead, Heaven Is for Real, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Son of God, and Penguins of Madagascar.[134]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Family Film Big Hero 6 Listed

Golden Globes

On December 11th, 2014, the 72nd Golden Globe Awards announced their nominations.[135] The awards were announced on January 11th, 2015.[136]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Animated Feature Film Big Hero 6 Nominated
Lost to How to Train Your Dragon 2

Kids' Choice Awards

On March 28th, 2015, the 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards announced their winners.[137]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Favorite Animated Movie Big Hero 6 Won

Motion Picture Sound Editors

On January 14th, 2015, the Motion Picture Sound Editors announced their nominations for the 62nd Golden Reel Awards.[138] The winners will be announced on February 15th, 2015.[139]

On February 15th, 2015 the winners were announced.[140]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Feature Animation Big Hero 6:
Produced By: Roy Conli
Directed By: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Supervising Sound Editor: Shannon Mills
Supervising Foley Editor: Robert Shoup
Supervising Dialogue Editor: Kim Foscato
Supervising ADR Editor: Danielv Laurie
Foley Artists: John Roesch, Alyson Dee Moore
Sound Effects Editors: Addison Teague, Nia Hansen, David C. Hughes, Jeremy Bowker
Supervising Music Editor: Dan Pinder
Music Editors: Earl Ghaffari
Foley Editor: Jim Likowski
Won

Nevada Film Critics Society

The winners of the 4th Annual Nevada Film Critics Society Awards were announced on December 20th, 2014.[141]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Animated Moive Big Hero 6 Won

Phoenix Film Critics Society

The 15th Annual Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2014 winners were announced on December 16th, 2014.[142]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Animated Film Big Hero 6 Nominated
Lost to The Lego Movie[143]
Best Original Song Immortals by Fall Out Boy Nominated
Lost to Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie

Producers Guild of America

On January 24th, 2015 the Producers Guild of America announced the winners of the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards.

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures Roy Conli Nominated
Lost to The Lego Movie

Satellite Awards

The 19th Annual Satellite Awards nominations were announced on December 1st, 2014. The winners will be announced February 15th, 2015.[144] On February 16th, 2015, the winners were announced.[145]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media Big Hero 6 Nominated
Lost to Song of the Sea

Saturn Awards

On March 3rd, 2015 the 41st Annual Saturn Awards were announced. The winners were announced June 25th.[146]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Animated Film Big Hero 6 Nominated
Lost to The Lego Movie

Visual Effects Society Awards

On January 13th, 2015 the Visual Effects Society announced their nominations for the 13th Annual awards.[147] The winners were announced on February 4th, 2015. Big Hero 6 earned the most awards of any movies, sweeping the animation categories.[148] It is the most awarded animated film in the awards' history.[149]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Big Hero 6:
Don Hall
Chris Williams
Roy Conli
Zach Parrish
Won
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Baymax:
Colin Eckart
John Kahwaty
Zach Parrish
Zack Petroc
Won
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Into the Portal:
Ralf Habel
David Hutchins
Michael Kaschalk
Olun Riley
Won
Outstanding Models in any Motion Media Project San Fransokyo:
Brett Achorn
Minh Duong
Scott Watanabe
Larry Wu
Won
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Henrik Falt
David Hutchins
Michael Kaschalk
John Kosnik
Won

Women Film Critics Circle

The Women Film Critics Circle announced their nominations on December 14th, 2014.[150] The winners were announced December 22nd.[151]

Category Winners and Nominees Result
Best Family Film Big Hero 6 Won
Best Animated Female GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung) Nominated
Lost to Elle Fanning of The Boxtrolls
Best Animated Female Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) Nominated
Lost to Elle Fanning of The Boxtrolls
Best Line in a Movie "Stop Whining. Woman Up!" by Jamie Chung Won

Home Video

Big Hero 6 Blu-ray

On January 6th, 2014 Disney Animation announced the home video release date for the film. The film was released on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on February 3rd, 2015. On February 24th, 2014 the movie were released on DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo.[152]

Big Hero 6 DVD

Features include:[153]

  • Feast theatrical short
  • The Origin Story of Big Hero 6: Hiro's Journey (Not on DVD)
  • Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters
  • Deleted scenes (Not on DVD)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Big Hero Secrets (Blu-ray only)

Sequel

Director Chris Williams said that he and Don Hall have had no time to seriously discuss a sequel. According to producer John Lasseter, "No sequel will ever get made unless the directors want one and feel strongly that there is a story that needs to be told."[154] Lasseter also said "If it’s not a great story, it won’t be a great movie. The crew deserves a great story. And we have expectations from the audience, who grew up with Disney animation. They deserve a great story too."[155]

Hall said, "We’ll see. We just finished this one, and the truth is, we’re exhausted from the ordeal of making it. It was really fun, but it was long hours, and it was pretty intense. It’s a pretty emotional time for us. These are characters that we’ve grown to know very well, now it’s time to let go of them, and they’re going into the world without us. We’re in the middle of that phase. So we haven’t talked about or thought about any sequels or anything like that. Having said that, of course, we love these characters, and the thought of working with them again some day definitely has its appeal." He also stated Lasseter is "very supportive of the directors, and he won’t force them to put out a sequel unless they have a story that really excited about. It has to feel like a story that really has to be told, or deserves to be told. It can’t just be cashing in on the success of a previous film."[156]

On April 17th, 2015, Stan Lee spoke to Toronto Sun hinting that a sequel is in some stage of production. He said, "After Ant-Man, we’re going to start playing around with Doctor Strange, the Black Panther, the Inhumans, and then we have to come back for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Big Hero 6, the Avengers, Captain America." Of the movies he listed, Big Hero 6 is the only franchise without a movie officially in production. It should be noted that Lee's involvement as Executive Producer in Marvel movies is largely honorary and he has little direct involvement. However, in 2013 he did indicate that Black Panther was in production shortly before it was officially announced.[157][158]

MTV spoke to Genesis Rodriguez who stated "We spoke during Oscar night and we're like, 'Well, maybe now that we got the Oscar, this might happen.' There's nothing definitive. There's talks of something happening. We just don't know what yet."[159]

On March 2nd, 2016, a sequel animated series, also currently titled Big Hero 6, was announced to air on Disney XD sometime in 2017. The series immediately follows the events of the film and deals with Hiro at school while the team protects the city from scientifically enhanced villains.[160] It is unknown if the series is the result of the previous rumors or if there will be a theatrical sequel along with the series.

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