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In 2009, The Walt Disney Company bought Marvel Comics for $4 Billion worth of Mickey Mouse's pocket change, and all was right with the world. The Marvel Cinematic Universe became a force to be reckoned with. Last year, Walt Disney Animation thoroughly revived itself in the wake of Frozen's unexpected level of soaring success. But behind the scenes, director Don Hall was working on creating a project that married the best of Marvel Studios with the best of Disney animation. What resulted is Big Hero 6, a film "inspired by" rather than "based on" Marvel's limited series of the same name.
Yahoo unveiled the film's teaser trailer, as well as the poster for the animated film starring T.J. Miller, Maya Rudolph, and Jamie Chung. The plot centers itself around Hiro Hamada, a young genius who invents his own robot bodyguard named Baymax and joins up with the titular super hero team to fight whatever evil encroaches upon his hometown of San Fransokyo. I have to say, this teaser falls in line with the best of Disney's recent run of concept teasers. In fact, this one reminds me quite a bit of the teaser for The Incredibles, mixed in with a little bit of The Iron Giant.
Both showcase the call to heroism, both show off a kick ass design for the hero's suit, but both also show off a hero that's not quite in shape. What Big Hero 6 brings to the table is the dynamic of a boy and his robot. A robot he wishes looked more like something out of a comic book, but instead looks like a giant marshmallow. Also, the true Pixar spirit shows in the character of Baymax itself, as all he really wants to do is chase a soccer ball around the lab all day. While it may not look like a hero at first, I have a good (and predictably Disney) feeling that our hero will become the fighting force it needs to be when the chips are down. Not to mention, the poster kind of reinforces that idea as well.
Much like the trailer, the poster gives a great look into the interplay between these two focal characters who will serve as our gateway into this world of heroes. It's not very flashy and we don't see any hints of Fredzilla (T.J. Miller), GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung), or any of the other characters on the Big Hero 6 team. Still, I can't wait to see Hiro Hamada and Baymax interact with the rest of the crew, as well as gain a further look at the already beautiful and colorful city of San Fransokyo.
Big Hero 6 will save the world on November 7th, and if I were to wager a guess I'd say keep an eye out for a full trailer attached to Guardians of the Galaxy.