While this weekend’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is the current Marvel movie that everyone is talking about (and arguing over), with August’s sci-fi-y “Guardians of the Galaxy” coming in a close second (it looks so good!), there’s another Marvel property that will be coming to the big screen later this year that has the possibility of out-charming all of them: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.” The first teaser for the animated feature just dropped (via Yahoo), and boy-oh-boy, we cannot wait.
The movie is based on a cult comic book series originated by writer Steven T. Seagle and artist Duncan Rouleau, with the movie playing fairly loose with the particulars but instead focusing on the general vibe and atmosphere of those earlier comics. In “Big Hero 6,” a team of young misfits, led by Hiro Hamada, who band together to save the citizens of the futuristic city of San Fransokyo (a witty amalgam of San Francisco and Tokyo).
This teaser is much like that first teaser for “Frozen,” with zero dialogue and animation that could not even be in the final movie. In it, Hiro attempts to turn his squishy, inflatable robot Baymax into an armor-plated superhero. To mixed results. We first fell in love with Baymax at Disney’s D23 convention last summer, where the initial test footage from the film was screened. Look at him – he’s so damn cute! (And based on actual technology that is being developed now.)
“Big Hero 6,” with a voice cast that includes T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, and Maya Rudolph, was directed by Don Hall (2011’s brilliant, wholly underrated “Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt“) and is set for release on November 7th.