The Big Hero 6 TV Series Will Kick Off With A TV Movie

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Big Hero 6 is coming to the small screen in the not-too-distant future. Disney XD has had a series set to continue the stories of the characters who starred in the Big Hero 6 film in the works for a while, and now we finally have some details about how and when the show will make it to TV. As it turns out, Big Hero 6 The Series is going to launch with a TV movie in primetime, and we don't have too terribly long to wait.

A TV movie called Baymax Returns will kick off Big Hero 6 The Series on Monday, November 20 at 8 p.m. ET on Disney XD, Disney Channel, the DisneyNOW app, and Disney XD VOD. The hour-long movie will pick up after the events of Big Hero 6. Hiro believes that the super advanced and endearingly compassionate robot Baymax was lost forever in the portal, but he also discovers the chip designed by his brother before his death that created Baymax in the first place.

Already a tech genius at the age of 14, Hiro is beginning school at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. He'll use the resources at the Institute to try and rebuild Baymax. Unsurprisingly, however, not everything will go according to plan for Hiro, as his own overconfidence and knack for pursuing shortcuts over pacing himself get him into trouble. The rest of the Big Hero 6 crew--comprised of Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go, and Fred--will need to help him out.

Fans of the original movie won't need to worry that a huge time jump between the end of the film and the beginning of the series will have changed the status quo in any huge ways. The action picks up immediately after the events of the movie. Given that the original voice actors from the movie are on board to reprise their roles, Big Hero 6 The Series may feel like the sequel we've been waiting for.

The series itself won't debut until some point in early 2018, although there will be other ways to get footage of what's in store. Two full-length preview episodes of Big Hero 6 The Series will be available exclusively on the DisneyNOW app and Disney XD VOD immediately following Baymax Returns. Additionally, a series of shorts will debut every Friday for six weeks in a row starting on November 24, and viewers can find them on Disney XD Youtube as well as Disney XD and the DisneyNOW app. This isn't the first time an exciting series of shorts has been released to hype Disney projects, and it could be a big hit.

No official premiere date has been announced beyond "early 2018," but hopefully we'll find out soon. A Season 2 has already been ordered, so there's plenty to look forward to moving forward. In the meantime, take a look at our fall TV guide for what you can watch while we wait.

Laura Hurley
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