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Sooner or later, Walt Disney Animation Studio’s upcoming Big Hero 6 is going to have to ramp up the action in its teasers and clips… right? From what we understood, this adaptation of an off-the-radar Marvel title introduces a new superhero team. But the focus on the bulk of the advertising has been on the introduction of Baymax, the big, bulbous and helpful white creature at the disposal of Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). Can you guess what happens in the above clip? Yep, but go ahead and watch it, anyway.
The following clip, posted to Walt Disney’s YouTube page, does a number of things on behalf of Big Hero 6. For starters, it pairs Baymax and Hiro – a team that, we believe, will carry the family adventure to infinity and beyond. But the pacing also mirrors the very deliberate, very slow, almost comically lethargic pacing of earlier Big Hero 6 teases. Remember the tape gag in the following clip?
I’m not criticizing. In fact, I think Baymax’s exaggerated movements through our normal world will be an endless source of humor for Big Hero 6 co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. So far, it’s working. The tape gag had my 6-year-old son in stitches. The longer it lingered, the harder he laughed. He understood how silly it was, and I appreciated the fact that Big Hero 6 doesn’t have to bombard its audience with rapid-fire visuals to stimulate imaginations. We already have a Baymax. Kids (and parents, likely) are on board.
But we’re going to see some action and adventure soon. Right?
The animated Big Hero 6 unites a high-tech team of heroes in the fictional city of San Fransokyo – a neon dream that will be threatened by a dangerous mystery. The movie has its roots in Marvel comics, basing its story on a series that lacks household-name appeal but should make up for it in humor, heart and imagination. In addition to Ryan Potter, Big Hero 6 boasts the vocal work of Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., Alan Tudyk, T.J. Miller, Maya Rudolph and James Cromwell. Big Hero 6 looks to continue the win streak enjoyed by traditional Disney animation, though it likely won’t do Frozen numbers. Very few films ever do!
The adventure begins on November 7.