‘Big Hero 6′ voice cast set: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Maya Rudolph, more

July 14, 2014 | 2:59 p.m.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced the voices who will be behind the action heroes of “Big Hero 6,” the first Disney animated movie based on a Marvel comic.

Ryan Potter will play the robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada, and his robot friend BayMax will be played by Scott Adsit. The rest of the cast includes Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney.

The team of superheroes will do battle in a high-tech city called San Fransokyo, a fantastical mash-up of Tokyo and San Francisco.

Speaking to Hero Complex in June, director Don Hall said that the absence of a detail-obsessed fan base for the lesser-known series was part of its appeal, as it left every character and setting open to interpretation.

“I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would mesh well with what we do,” Hall said. “The idea of a kid and a robot story with a strong brother element, it’s very Disney.”

Even die-hard comic book fans may have trouble recalling the Marvel team, which was created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in 1998 and is something of a whimsical love letter to Japanese culture. Characters in the original comics include a samurai, an agent who invented a nanotechnology-based Power Purse and a monster born from a child’s drawings.

Hall, a lifelong comic book fan who started at Disney Animation in 1995, was in the midst of directing “Winnie the Pooh” when Disney acquired Marvel in 2009. He found “Big Hero 6″ while digging through Marvel’s library for ideas and pitched it to Disney’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, in 2011.

“Big Hero 6″ is being produced wholly at Disney Animation, but Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has been participating in brainstorming sessions about the project.

“Don was a huge fan of Marvel,” Quesada said of Hall. “He understood what we did. I didn’t have to explain our world to him. The relationship between Hiro and his robot has a very Disney flavor to it … but it’s combined with these Marvel heroic arcs.”

“Big Hero 6″ opens in theaters Nov. 7.

– Rebecca Keegan and Margaret Wappler | @LATHeroComplex

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