Walt Disney Animation Studios is mostly remembered for heart and humor with recent box-office hits Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph. But what if the famous production outfit combines the two elements with action and adventure in one animation?
The result, this year’s much-anticipated Big Hero 6 showcasing the bond between a boy and his robot called Baymax.
The film is an action-packed, comedy-adventure brimming with emotions all together. It is about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.
“Hiro’s older brother Tadashi has created this cutting-edge robot Baymax who’s designed to take care of people,” says director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh). “Baymax’s one programmed desire is ‘How can I help?’ He’s filled with compassion. And Hiro is a teenager who has lost his way—their personalities play off each other in a way that is both funny and heartwarming.”
When a devastating turn of events catapults Hiro into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, he turns to Baymax—his closest companion—and transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.
“The story follows the emotional journey between Hiro and Baymax after the tragic passing of Hiro’s brother,” says co-director Chris Williams (Bolt). “Hiro grows really close to the robot, finds new hope in him and emerges from his despair.”
Producer Roy Conli (Tangled) says that family—the kind that you’re born with and the kind you find—is at the core of the movie. “It’s a powerful theme that audi-ences relate to,” says Conli. “The nuances of the relationships in deeply emotional films like ‘Bambi’ or ‘The Lion King’ are so interesting. There’s something about these stories that can really touch people.”
Lending voice to Hiro is Asian-American actor Ryan Potter. “He’s a troublemaker but he’s a really good kid at heart,” shared Potter of his character. Meanwhile, giving life to Baymax is Scott Adsit (30 Rock).
Big Hero 6 also features the voices of an extraordinary ensemble cast including Maya Rudolph (TV’s Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids) as Aunt Cass; James Cromwell (Babe) as Professor Robert Callaghan, Da-mon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) as Wasabi; T.J. Miller (Transformers: Age of Extinction) as Fred; Alan Tudyk (Tell) as Alistair Krei; Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time) as Go Go Tomago; Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief) as Honey Lemon; and Daniel Henney (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Tadashi.
Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 hits Philippine theaters in 3D on November 5.