Speaking to Comic Book Resources about the recently confirmed Big Hero 6 movie – Disney’s first Marvel based feature-length animation focusing on the obscure superteam led by teenage genius Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax – Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada revealed that the project came directly from Winnie The Pooh director Don Hall.
“The idea actually came from Don Hall, the director, who is a huge Marvel fan and obviously a big nerd if he remembers Big Hero 6,” confirmed Quesada.
“Don came to us with suggestions for maybe six of our lesser known properties, and we started working with him on some ideas for how these could be approached as Disney animated movies. Don took three of those possibilities to John Lasseter, and John really gravitated to the story that we spitballed on Big Hero 6. That’s how it came to be, and it’s been really fun.”
Big Hero 6 is the first of what will be a long line of Disney cartoons drawn from the Marvel pantheon and set, presumably, outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it wasn’t just the fusion of Japanese and American comic-book values that made this project work, but the fusion of Disney and Marvel…
“Well, I think the x-factor was that when we started reimagining Big Hero 6 with Don and his crew, there was a story there of two brothers. I think it was a boy and his robot kind of thing that makes it very Disney in the traditional sense.
“But the beauty of this is that Don is a real Marvel fan, and he’s embraced the visual history of Marvel. I think we’ve gone and lectured to the animators over there about what Marvel is and how we look at visual dynamics in our comics – everything from Jack Kirby to John Romita Sr to John Romita Jr. So there’s a lot of Marvel influence in this, which is really cool. It’s going to be an amazing blend of what Disney does in animation and what Marvel does in the action adventure genre.”
Big Hero 6 is due for release 7 November 2014. Pick up Chris Claremont and David Nakayama’s Big Hero 6: Brave New World on Comixology for $8.99 (approx £5.80).