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Is it heresy to admit that I am more excited for Big Hero 6 than I am for Guardians of the Galaxy? James Gunn’s authentically edgy superhero adventure is poised to set theaters on fire as August begins, but the sweet and funny relationship formed by Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) and his balloonish creation, Baymax (Scott Adsit), amuses me to no end. We knew that a full trailer for the animated adventure was coming, thanks to teases we covered during the week. Now it has arrived, courtesy of MovieFone, and we have it for you above.
The bulk of the new trailer is a lengthy sequence where Hiro and Baymax explain to a disinterested police officer that they have encountered a deadly enemy wearing a kabuki mask, who is able to control mechanical creatures with his mind. Hiro can not convince the long arm of the San Franokyo police to help him, so he’s going to have to go it alone. Or with Baymax. Actually, with a whole team, who we meet later in the clip. First, here’s our first real look at the expected antagonist of Big Hero 6:
And here’s why I love this movie, based purely on the little bits that we have seen so far. The physical comedy has room to breathe. In the first, short trailer, co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams perfected the timing of the soccer ball gag. Here, they let a VERY funny tape gag play out, no matter how long it takes. We watch Baymax patch up his arm, slowly. And it gets funnier as it progresses. That takes cajones, in a kids comedy, to string them along for the joke. I watched this trailer with my 6-year-old son, and he was cackling with each new piece of tape. Brilliantly played, gentlemen.
The rest of the Big Hero 6 team – voiced by the likes of T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Damon Wayans Jr. – show up in the second half of this winning trailer. To learn more about the team, click Next Page for photos and bios worked up by our own Kristy Puchko. Big Hero 6 opens in theaters on Nov. 7.
Baymax, voiced by Scott Adsit (30 Rock), is a nurse robot built by Hiro, who has been retrofitted to be a crime fighter.
Hiro (Ryan Potter) is the half-Japanese, half-Caucasian 14-year-old whiz kid who serves as Baymax's best friend, creator, and battle partner.
T.J. Miller plays Fred, a comic-book fanatic who gears up in a kaiju-inspired creature suit.
GoGo Tamago is a tough-as-nails industrial-engineering student whose superhero gear includes a bike that levitates thanks to magnetics, and those discs, which act as weapons. She’s voiced by Jamie Chung.
Chemistry student Honey Lemon is a sweet and upbeat girly girl with serious brains. Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief ) gives voice to this adorable geek girl.
Finally, we've got the improbably named Wasabi, whose battle gear boasts laser-shooting bracers. Described as a cautious rule-follower, Wasabi gets some spice to his performance thanks to New Girl's Damon Wayans Jr.